Destination XL’s London Store Closure Takes Bite Out of Business

It was a tough third quarter for Destination XL Group. On Friday, the largest men’s big and tall specialty retailer reported net losses for the period rose to $7.2 million from a net loss of $2 million in the prior year’s quarter. The company attributed the higher loss in large part to the closure of […]

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Bikkembergs Sets Relaunch From China

MILAN — One company, one brand, one name. Formerly known as Dirk Bikkembergs, the fashion house, with a strong focus on urban sportswear, was recently renamed Bikkembergs and consequently its offering was streamlined to include only one brand, designed by creative director Lee Wood. Driven by a “make it simple” mentality, said Bikkembergs chief operating […]

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Southern Tide to Open First Company-Owned Store

Allen Stephenson was a senior in college in 2006 when he came up with the idea of creating a colorful polo shirt with a skipjack fish as its logo. The Greenville, S.C., native started to make inroads in the South before hitting the trade show circuit in New York — with his mother by his […]

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The Lowdown on Great Auk Outfitters, Ministry of Supply’s New Ethical Luxury Brand

Today, the Boston-based technical apparel brand Ministry of Supply launches “Great Auk Outfitters,” in the name of engineering a more ethical, environmentally responsible luxury brand. While vegan winter jacket alternatives exist from the likes of Matt & Nat, Nanushka and Ganni, Great Auk Outfitters positions itself against Canada Goose and Moncler in terms of performance. […]

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John Bercow Says David Cameron ‘Thinks People Like Him Are Born To Rule’

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Kate Middleton Completes Her Somber Look With This $30 Sparkly Accessory at Festival of Remembrance

Kate Middleton went for an appropriately somber look as she and the rest of the British royals honored fallen soldiers today at the Festival of Remembrance in Kensington, London. Middleton sported a navy, long-sleeved dress with sheer black tights. Kate Middleton and Prince William arrive to the Festival of Remembrance in London on Nov. 9. […]

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UK Weather Forecast: Flood Warnings Remain In Place As First Snow Of The Season Is Recorded

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Meghan Markle Wears Chic Bow-Accented Pumps at Festival of Remembrance

Meghan Markle recycled shoes from the depths of her closet at the Royal Festival of Remembrance today at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The Duchess of Sussex went for a vintage feel with her attire, selecting an understated black dress with a subtle jacquard pattern. The dress featured a V-neckline and a full skirt. Meghan Markle […]

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Melania Trump Jets Off to Alabama in Her Favorite 4-Inch Stilettos

Melania Trump jetted from Washington, D.C. to Alabama today alongside husband Donald Trump — and she looked sleek in head-to-heel black. The first lady wore a knee-length coat with a ribbed collar and a button-up front, which she layered over a long-sleeved dress. Melania Trump in a black coat and Manolo Blahnik BB pumps en […]

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Labour Candidate’s Daughter Bridges Political Divide With ‘Pockets For Women’ Manifesto

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A$AP Rocky To Return To Perform In Sweden Months After Detainment

The rapper is scheduled to perform in Stockholm in December. Via:: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/asap-rocky-return-sweden-performance_n_5dc6f009e4b02bf57940c587       

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Jaime King Wears Tory Burch Loafers Inspired by the Designer’s Dad to Ray-Ban Event in LA

Jaime King showed up in style to the opening of Ray-Ban’s latest outpost on Los Angeles’ Abbot Kinney Boulevard last week. The 40-year-old “Pearl Harbor” actress wore a striped, zip-front shirt from Tory Burch (marked down to $209 on the brand’s site) tucked into wide-legged denim pants. Jaime King wears Tory Burch flats at Ray-Ban’s […]

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Best Cyber Monday Shoe Deals You Can Expect

With Halloween in the books, our collective attention has shifted to the holidays — and to the savings that come along with the season. Cyber Monday represents one of the biggest sales opportunities of the years — and the shoe deals are no joke. Here, FN rounds up everything we know so far about the […]

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Paulina Porzikova Responds To Reports That Ric Ocasek Cut Her Out Of His Will

The supermodel and widow of the late Cars frontman says she had known for months. Via:: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/paulina-porzikova-knew-ric-ocasek-cut-her-out-of-will_n_5dc6f434e4b00927b233f84f       

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Donald Trump Endorsed A ‘Maga Challenge’ And The Results Are Erm… Interesting

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How A Conspiracy Theory About The Notre Dame Cathedral Led To A Mosque Shooting

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How A Conspiracy Theory About The Notre Dame Cathedral Led To A Mosque Shooting

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Alexandra Shulman: ‘I value contentment rather than focusing on being happy’

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Amy Sport, a petite sportswear label, said it has received a capital injection. The investment by Patricia Grundhofer was for an undisclosed sum and also places Grundhofer in the position of executive vice president of business development for the Palm Desert, Calif.-based brand. Amy Lipton, president, chief executive officer and founder of the business and its parent company Spitfire Petite Inc., remains the company's sole owner. Lipton said the new money will be funneled into several business objectives, including online advertising, more hiring in the company's sales force in a bid to expand into new markets and product development. Amy Sport is targeted to women 5'6″ or under and is currently sold through its online shop and select retailers, such as pro shops and high-end boutiques online and off. The line is currently in about 35 doors. The company, a little over two years old, notched gains from its first to second year with the new investment expected to continue that momentum, Lipton said. The ceo, who is a former marketing executive at IBM, said she started the business in an effort to offer athletic golfers like herself petite options. “I could never find stylish, well-made clothing to fit my athletic lifestyle,” Lipton said. “Everything requiredFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Amy Sport, a petite sportswear label, said it has received a capital injection. The investment by Patricia Grundhofer was for an undisclosed sum and also places Grundhofer in the position of executive vice president of business development for the Palm Desert, Calif.-based brand. Amy Lipton, president, chief executive officer and founder of the business and its parent company Spitfire Petite Inc., remains the company's sole owner. Lipton said the new money will be funneled into several business objectives, including online advertising, more hiring in the company's sales force in a bid to expand into new markets and product development. Amy Sport is targeted to women 5'6″ or under and is currently sold through its online shop and select retailers, such as pro shops and high-end boutiques online and off. The line is currently in about 35 doors. The company, a little over two years old, notched gains from its first to second year with the new investment expected to continue that momentum, Lipton said. The ceo, who is a former marketing executive at IBM, said she started the business in an effort to offer athletic golfers like herself petite options. “I could never find stylish, well-made clothing to fit my athletic lifestyle,” Lipton said. “Everything requiredFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
It was a Calvin Klein reunion of sorts Thursday night, when Barry Schwartz, co-founder and former chairman of Calvin Klein Inc., and his wife Sheryl were honored at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The Schwartzes donated to the Museum at FIT three sample coats that launched the Calvin Klein Inc. business in 1968. In addition, the Schwartzes have established a scholarship fund at FIT in their name, which will provide full tuition support to a student in financial need through all four years of their undergraduate studies at FIT. Two of the original wool coats (a pale teal double-breasted version and a brown single-breasted) were launched for fall 1968, and one (a black-belted coat) was launched for the holiday season a few months later. The items, which were on display, had been in the Schwartzes' cedar closet at their farm in Granite Springs, N.Y., where Sheryl has amassed a vast collection of Calvin Klein clothing over the years. The inspiration behind the display came from the facade of the York Hotel, where Klein and Schwartz started the brand in room 613. After months of putting the line together, the label took off after Donald O'Brien, vice president of Bonwit Teller, saw a coatFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
North Sails is taking its fight against disposable plastics a step further by engaging Milan's night owls. The sailmaking specialist is partnering with Worldrise, the nonprofit set up by the brand's ambassador and marine biologist Mariasole Bianco, to enroll a number of the city's nightclubs to go plastic free by the end of 2019. By adhering to the project, called “No Plastic More Fun,” the nightclubs have all pledged to replace disposable plastics with eco-friendly alternatives, including bio-plastic glasses, which are both biodegradable and compostable, and aluminum water bottles, as well as avoiding the use of straws. The initiative will officially kick off on the evening of May 4, renamed “Blue Night: The Sea Stars From Here.” “Plastics don't have to be demonized, instead its use and abuse are critical,” said Elisa Riva, marketing director of North Sails, while unveiling the partnership at Milan's City Aquarium on Friday. “Our roots have been always connected to the sea. We believe it's important to keep networking with public and private institutions and nonprofits to obtain positive results,” she added, recalling how the company has been implementing different initiatives to reach all ages and targets, in this case young adults. “The audience of such a project is made ofFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Shoppers are hot for swimwear right now. And it's not just because summer is coming. Or, because lingerie giant Victoria's Secret recently started selling swimsuits again. Thanks to platforms like Instagram, swimwear has become a year-round business. Sales in the global swimwear category totaled $21.7 billion last year, according to market research firm Euromonitor International. And more lingerie brands are now trying to get a piece of that market, invading swimwear with their own collections of bikinis and one-piece bathing suits. The transition might seem natural for the two categories that share many characteristics. But Cora Harrington, founder of the blog The Lingerie Addict, said it would be easier for companies to sell swimwear than lingerie. “It's hard to convince people that they should be spending more than $25 or $30 on a bra,” said Harrington, author of “In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear and Love Lingerie.” “There doesn't seem to be that same challenge when it comes to swimwear. People are more willing to spend $50 or $100, or even $200 on a swimsuit.” She added that in the U.S. it's also hard to tempt shoppers to drop large amounts of cash on something they can't see, while swimsuits areFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS — On the eve of Virginie Viard's debut solo collection at Chanel, the mood at the house is palpably expectant. That Karl Lagerfeld's long-time right-hand woman should feel nervous about stepping into the spotlight is understandable: Over his 36 years at the helm of Chanel, Lagerfeld practically wrote the book on how to revive a dormant luxury house. Bruno Pavlovsky, president of fashion and president of Chanel SAS, spoke admiringly of the heritage left by the German designer, who died in February at the age of 85. Yet he also underlined the need for Viard to fly with her own wings and bring her touch to the label founded by another woman, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. In an interview the day before the Chanel 2020 cruise show, which was held at the Grand Palais in Paris, Pavlovsky sat down with WWD to talk about life after Karl, the June 20 celebration of his life, digital innovation and how Chanel is coping with the ongoing yellow vests protests in France. WWD: How are you and the team feeling on the eve of Virginie Viard's first solo collection for Chanel? Bruno Pavlovsy: Excited, stressed — but stressed in a good way. We are both in the continuity of allFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Carine Roitfeld, who convinced Karl Lagerfeld to put his face on a T-shirt as part of his landmark 2004 collaboration with H&M, is putting her portrait on knits as part of a new capsule for the late designer's namesake brand. Dubbed Karl According to Carine, the compact collection also features an unexpected color — fuchsia — which Roitfeld blends with her beloved black. “I think this is not totally the Carine people are expecting,” she said. “One of Karl's life rules was to do something people don't expect from you.” That said, she added, “I can see a lot of Karl in the designs. Because I spent so much time with him, it's impossible for me to do anything without thinking of him.” Indeed, the portrait that will appear on sweatshirts and T-shirts — all floppy hair and one raccoon eye — was shot by Lagerfeld himself. The capsule line is slated to arrive in Karl Lagerfeld stores, online and at select specialty retailers in November. The house is keeping the look book under wraps until closer to the release date, but described silhouettes that echo Roitfeld's signature sleek chic: blazers, feminine blouses, corsets and skirts, plus a leopard-print coat and a faux fur inFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
‘Tis a gift to be simple — sometimes. At least when a powerful message underlies the simplicity. That's the premise from which Miuccia Prada worked for the resort collection she showed on Thursday night. Prada returned to Gotham for a second consecutive year, showing the collection at her brand's New York headquarters. “I liked the experience,” she said of the encore. “I like to do the shows in my own spaces. And it's an occasion to keep a link with New York.” In this case, her own space is the brand's Herzog and de Meuron-designed headquarters on West 52nd Street. During a Wednesday afternoon preview, one floor of the sprawling, industrial building flaunted fresh pink paint, plush beige flooring and circuitous seating. The impact of fluorescent pink lights, already fanciful by day, would surely heighten by show time, once night had fallen through the massive west-facing windows overlooking the Hudson River. “It's nice,” Prada said, “an industrial place that becomes just the opposite with pink.” Prada allowed the unusual preview since the show's 8:30 p.m. start would be past deadline for today's Digital Daily [see wwd.com and the Monday, May 6 Digital Daily for the full review]. Like everyone else in the industry, sheFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Knix, the company known for wireless bras and period-proof panties, joins the growing list of lingerie brands moving into the swimwear category. The new assortment of suits, which are available at Knix.com starting Friday, fuses sexy and sporty, cute and utilitarian, low-cut and high-cut, into one collection. “Bathing suits historically have been designed to either look really good or to be super functional,” Joanna Griffiths, founder and chief executive officer of Knix, told WWD. “So we wanted to marry those two things, to create suits that look great and that fit super well.” Knix's new swimwear collection. Courtesy Swimwear was also the number-one item Knix shoppers were requesting in customer surveys. Some women were already wearing Knix products, like the Evolution Bra and matching bottoms, as bathing suits. So Griffiths, a self-proclaimed “swim junkie,” decided that Knix needed a swimwear line of its own. The new collection incorporates one-piece and bikinis with things like built-in bra technology, chlorine-resistant materials and bonded hemlines. That is, with no visible stitching or sewing. The first batch of suits run small through double extra large, up to a size G cup, and come in three colors: black, emerald and coral pink. All pieces retail for under $100Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]