Having carved out his name as a niche retailer with a down-home chic sensibility, Billy Reid is venturing into the women’s shoe market — albeit gingerly. “We talked to a lot of women who liked our men’s boots and decided to keep it really tight,” said Reid of his holiday 2009 women’s boot collection, which consists of three styles drawn from Reid’s successful men’s line, which launched in 2004. Evoking an equestrian look, the boots — each done in cordovan leather and offered in two colors — veer from straightforward (a flat riding boot with antique brass zippers and snaps) to sophisticated (a platform boot with a four-inch heel and a raw-edged bootie with leather pleating).
Reid noted that in designing the boots, which are produced in Italy, he polled longtime customers and offered prelaunch orders, a way of hedging his bets against the fickle retail climate. “It was a gradual process, which helped us feel more confident about going into this category,” Reid said. The collection will expand for spring, yet still hew closely to the men’s shoe aesthetic. (He added washed leather will play a big role.) As for the rest of Reid’s business, which includes seven freestanding stores plus an e-commerce site, the designer said the economic downturn had made him “smarter about [my] business.” Suiting, shirts and outerwear continue to sell well, so Reid is focusing on those markets as well as accessories. His women’s line will wholesale between $225 and $375, and will be sold in his stores, though Reid is in negotiations with retail partners as well.
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
Discovery is collaborating with British pop artist @philipcolbert on a new line of clothing and accessories called Discovery Shark. The collection, which will launch next summer for Shark Week’s 30th anniversary, features a whimsical line of women’s and men’s bomber jackets, sweatshirts, bags and more. #wwdfashion
“I’m always a big champion of a female rapper, and I’m glad to see a new voice that feels unique and authentic that’s coming up, and I think we’re going to see more great things from her,” said @itsjeremyscott about @iamcardib, who performed at @moschino’s Art Basel Miami Beach party last night. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@janellemonae’s “What’s Your Frequency?” room in @refinery29's #29Rooms made its debut this week at the opening of the Los Angeles art exhibit. “It’s about the ongoing conversation around mass surveillance, the weaponization of technology and cultural uniformity. My space was created so that we can come together and talk about the complexities of our humanity,” said Monáe. #wwdeye (📷: @bucknerphoto)
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)