MORE LEPORE: Nanette Lepore is launching a footwear collection for spring with Peter Marcus Group, set to hit stores in February. The line features 25 styles, including wedges, heels and flats, made of such materials as metallic and patent leather and snakeskin. Beading will also be infused across the collection, matching similar beadwork from the spring apparel line.
The firm launched a smaller capsule shoe collection two years ago, but now expects the licensed category to encompass 20 percent of its business.
“We have partnered with Peter Marcus Group to leverage their product development and production capabilities, and, of course, for their fantastic reputation in the footwear business,” said Heather Pech, chief executive officer of Nanette Lepore. “Our combined resources enable us to capitalize on the opportunity in the contemporary footwear arena.”
Nanette Lepore footwear will retail from $195 to $350 at select stores, such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, and Nanette Lepore boutiques.
CYBER EYES: Ck Calvin Klein is fusing fashion and technology by launching an eyewear style featuring a 4GB USB port located in the right temple of the frame. This eyewear evolution allows for convenient transport of data-digital information, pictures, media clips and music. Designed for men and women, the eyewear comes in two styles with three color choices and will hit specialty stores in October for a retail price of $199.
INTIMATE EYEWEAR: The Natori Co. hosted a cocktail party at its Manhattan offices and showrooms Aug. 12 to celebrate its licensing pact with Zyloware Eyewear, an 86-year-old firm that will produce, market and distribute the first collection of Natori Eyewear.
The collection will be formally launched at the Vision Expo West trade fair in Las Vegas that runs Oct. 1 to 3, and will feature 12 optical and five styles of sunglasses, as well as a range of prescriptive choices. The optical eyewear will wholesale from $79.95 to $89.95, and the sunglasses will sell for $89.95. The frames, which include mother-of-pearl inlays, Swarovski crystals and animal prints, will be distributed nationwide at select eye care practitioners this fall.
Describing the collection, Christopher Shyer, president of the Queens, N.Y.-based Zyloware, said, “Josie Natori is unique in her fashion perspective. She not only designs for a consumer need, she designs for a woman who has a desire to buy something special for herself. It may have emanated from years of consumers putting their money in Natori undergarments and sleepwear. Between Zyloware’s expertise and Natori’s signature patterns, textures and sensibilities, we have melded the two strengths into a unique viewpoint.”
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion