Via Spiga is getting down to business.The Italian shoe brand — bought by footwear conglomerate Caleres in 2005 — has hired a new designer, with reinvigorated product launching for fall.Streamlined, sometimes evocative styles — designed by Carla de Freitas, an alum of Vince, Topshop and Alexander Wang — will be produced by the brand’s original Italian manufacturing partner. Via Spiga was founded in 1985.Minimalist, trendy shapes, clean lines, a neutral color palette and modest heel heights comprise the collection — parts of which utilize Nineties-type elastic material as a design element. Priced from about $200 to $500, the designs will launch at Nordstrom, select Bloomingdale's locations and specialty shops in late summer.Caleres brand portfolio president Jay Schmidt also had a hand in Via Spiga’s resuscitation. The label previously had retained Paul Andrew as a consultant for shoe design. But when Andrew resigned from all consulting work last year in order to focus on his own brand, as well as his new tasks leading women’s shoes at Salvatore Ferragamo, de Freitas was brought on.“It was very natural for me. I just went back to the history of the brand to see if I could connect with it. I felt like I couldn’t take this on if I couldn’t feel for the history and direction of the label,” said de Freitas.Added Schmidt: “We always had really nice shoes in the line that were really well made but were lacking a consistent brand voice that related to the consumer — something for them to go back to. So we wanted to take it back to the place where it started.”Said de Freitas: “If you go back to the brand when it was founded, the whole concept was about high-quality fashion footwear for working women with an attainable price. The other thing I was looking at was elements of what the brand stood for. I want you to feel these are designer-level, high-level products.”Bags and brick and mortar are being mulled for the future. “We want to be thoughtful about it,” de Freitas said of next steps.
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For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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