DALLAS — Shoe obsession has hit the Dallas Market Center, which will display about 110 footwear resources at next week’s women’s market — twice the number of footwear exhibitors a year ago.
The Strut shoe booth show launched in January 2012 signaled the DMC’s effort to build its footwear business. As some vendors opted to lease permanent space, the number of shoe showrooms swelled to 30, including Cole Haan, Kenneth Cole, Steve Madden and Ugg.
“Retailer demand has allowed us to grow our shoe marketplace in Dallas with more apparel stores carrying the category across price points,” said Cindy Morris, chief operating officer.
Permanent shoe showrooms making their debut at the March 21 to 24 show are Bernie Mev, Sbicca and Grazie, Passions Footwear, Rockport and Volatile. In addition, the Strut show will feature at least 20 new labels among roughly 65 brands. Strut newcomers include Bearpaw, Birkenstock, Diba, Earth Brands, Eileen Fisher, Mia, Naughty Monkey, Rampage and Rocket Dog.
Combined, Strut and the shoe showrooms cover about 45,000 square feet on the World Trade Center’s 13th floor. In addition, several showrooms on the 14th and 15th floors display shoes, such as Camuto Group, Corral Boots and Old Gringo.
In other news, Susanne Taylor & Associates showroom will introduce nine lifestyle fashion and accessory brands to the DMC: Canadian-made Karma activewear inspired by runway trends; fashion hosiery labels Aristoc, House of Holland, Pretty Polly and Alice + Olivia by U.K. legwear giant Pretty Polly; Hanro of Switzerland women’s and men’s intimate apparel, and three sleepwear and robe brands by Gerhard Rösch of Germany — Rösch, Blanche Fleur and Féraud.
Taylor, who has been traveling to introduce the labels to retailers, said reaction has been strong.
“All these people we are seeing on the road have been calling us and asking us to come — it’s not like we’re searching for a place to go,” she said. “Beyoncé and her dancers wore Pretty Polly’s sexy Secret Socks during the Super Bowl [halftime show]. It’s trendy, fun and on target.”
Pam Kramer & Associates will unveil Czar by Cesar Galindo, a bridge-priced dress collection by Cesar Galindo that has been shown twice at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, and A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz day dresses.
Czar is known for draping and print placement, and the fall line branches into soft sportswear and faux fur stoles.
@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