Cathy Lee understands the power that great accessories can have, which is precisely why she coined her handbag brand Ekatrina New York. “It’s named after Catherine the Great, the Russian Empress,” says Lee, who held positions at the Gap and Old Navy brands, Liz Claiborne and Ann Taylor before starting her own line. “She was the most powerful woman ruler in architecture, politics, everything. I used her as a muse to create power through handbags and accessories.” Ekatrina New York handbags are indeed fit for a queen, or at least some royal stars — Korean celebrities such as Yunjin Kim from the ABC-TV series “Lost” have already been seen sporting Lee’s crocodile and python embossed totes and clutches. As someone who splits her time between New York and Korea, Lee launched the Ekatrina brand three years ago in Asia and Europe at such stores as Mitsukoshi in Taiwan and Milan’s Castelli Cesare. But she is ready to bring accessories power to the U.S. Ekatrina New York is slated to debut at Ice Accessories in Los Angeles in New York. The collection wholesales from $130 to $375.
Peter Kim's Los Angeles-based premium denim line has always had its finger on the pulse of youth. This season, novelty is back in a way reminiscent of early Aughts, with studs, lace-ups, racing waxed denim and more. For more highlights if some of the key brands at the Vegas trade shows, go to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: Patrick Gray; Styles by @thealexbadia; Story by @karihamanaka and @marcy_wwd)
"I was driving back on Saturday afternoon from the beach, and I just saw this sign saying 'Skydiving for $95.' And I was like, I can't not sky dive for $95," says Tom Bateman about a moment in Hawaii while shooting "Snatched." #wwdeye (📷: @vsteves; Interview by @ktauer; Styled by @thealexbadia)