Three established brands are debuting new eyewear at the Silmo optical tradeshow, which runs from today to Oct. 7 in Paris.
BALLY The 101-year-old Swiss brand will unveil its first collections of sunwear and optical eyewear for men and women through a partnership with TWC-L’Amy. The 49 styles — split almost evenly between sun and prescription silhouettes and retailing from $230 to $450 — run the gamut from classic aviators with red leather accents at the bridge to thick plastic cat-eye frames. Sunwear will hit Bally boutiques in December, with distribution expanding in January to the brand’s retail partners. Optical frames will be released early next year too.
MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA This week will mark Maison Martin Margiela’s foray into optical eyewear — and a continued partnership with Cutler and Gross. The fashion house, which has worked with the London-based eyewear manufacturer since 2010, will release four silhouettes of weightless, stainless steel frames that come in silver or polished copper gold. Frames, including featherweight cat-eye and round rims, are set for a spring release date and will retail from $560 to $730.
ANN TAYLOR Ann Taylor has inked its first licensing deal in the brand’s 58-year history: a multiyear agreement with L’Amy America to produce sun and ophthalmic eyewear (as well as watches). The firm will design, produce and distribute the eyewear — expanding Ann Taylor’s reach beyond its retail and e-commerce channels for the first time. The sunglasses, retailing from $68 to $128, will debut in Ann Taylor doors in May, rolling out to retail partners in 2014. Ophthalmic and high-end readers, which will both launch in 2014, will range from $128 to $198 and $28 to $58, respectively.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia