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.”
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews