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.”
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@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)