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.
@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