TRINA TURK HANDBAGS: After diving into the shoe arena last season, Los Angeles-based designer Trina Turk is now adding handbags to the mix. The bags will make their debut at her fall ready-to-wear presentation on Feb. 7 at The Hub at The Hudson Hotel in New York.
A collaboration with Signal Brands, the bags mix Turks’ Palm Springs-inspired DNA with touches of urban-chic utility.
The collection includes Essentials day bags, such as a north-south tote with cross-body and signature TT embossed hardware option with a Seventies road-trip vibe; The Palm Springs block print, a laser-cut pattern borrowed from her jewelry collection that appears on cross-bodies and a wristlet and animal-print calf hair and leather clutch with zipper details; Luxe, the evening group of wood and resin frame clutches, and Sun, a singular canvas tote that mimics patterns from the Swim and Spa collection. The collection will retail from $158 to $598.
CHLOE GOSSELIN: Model Chloe Gosselin is launching a line of footwear under her own name on Feb. 9 in New York.
Drawing upon her art studies and European travels, Gosselin based her round-toe pump last on a vintage Fifties shoe found at a flea market in Paris. She pays homage to the iconic YSL “Le Smoking” with a black suede pump that features a contrasting white karung snakeskin heel and detail that recalls the collar of a shirt, a distinct feature of the shoe. Another key style is a suede and ostrich open vamp bootie with satin-covered button detail. Retail prices range from $600 for a leather pump to $1,200 to an exotic bootie.
HENRI LEPORE DEZERT: With two generations of craftsmen and a well-known cousin in the fashion biz,shoemaker Henri Lepore Dezert had plenty of inspiration and influence to help him hone his craft.
Growing up, he worked with his father and grandfather in their upholstery shop in Los Angeles and then came to New York to work alongside cousin Nanette Lepore. But he returned to family roots in Italy to learn the craft of shoemaking.
Lepore Dezert began designing bespoke shoes for private clients in 2010 and is launching a collection of luxury handmade shoes inspired by midcentury modern architecture commonly found around Palm Springs, Calif., which is evident in the cutout designs and multiple straps on many styles. The designer will show his inaugural collection at the Viceroy Hotel in New York on Feb. 5. Retail prices are about $1,000.
RAOUL: The Singapore-based high contemporary brand is forging into accessories for fall by partnering with Paris-based shoe designer Raphael Young, who will design handbags and a new shoe line. All the products are being produced in Italy. The design duo behind Raoul, Douglas and Odile Benjamin, said Young’s edgy-yet-sophisticated styles would complete the “total look” of Raoul.
Shoe styles include a pump-bootie in contrasting materials — like calf hair and metallic cracked leather — and bags are made from quilted leather with triangular bar hardware as a signature detail.
The collection will launch Feb. 6 at the Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center. Retail prices range from $450 to $700 for shoes and $395 to $700 for bags. PLUMA ACCESSORIES: Stylist-turned-designer Brendon Cannon will launch a namesake line of costume jewelry for fall, after having tested the waters with a capsule collection for Jason Wu and designing a spring collection that never made it to production.
The line, which will be available on the brand’s Web site, pluma-italia.com, starting in early March, was born from his work for T-Project Inc., a production consulting firm. While helping to connect designers such as Mathieu Mirano to Italian factories that produce jewelry for houses including Armani, Prada and Gucci, Cannon decided to design a line himself.
Using the “chic sensuality of an Italian woman” as an aesthetic guide, the jewelry is made from brass, resin, leather and enamel and combines classic design elements and bold details for a graphic effect. Retail prices range from $150 to $900.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.