GLITZY GAMS: Doo-Ri Chung didn’t intend for her crystal- and sequin-studded tights to cause a major stir among fashion insiders. The designer created them months before her fall fashion show for a photo shoot, where she felt her clothes called for some playful accoutrements. But once she saw the results, she decided to create enough to complete almost every look for her fall show.
“It was a long and arduous process,” Chung said. “We were here many nights. At the end, when we knew how many looks we had, we had to create extra pairs and it looked crazy in our studio with all of these leg forms everywhere. It’s amazing how many people want to purchase these pieces. We need to tell them they’re not functional — you can’t cross your legs. They’re more for styling tools.”
While Chung isn’t selling these specific tights, the attention sparked her curiosity enough to move forward with designing a small group of leggings and contemplating a full line for next spring. Chung said she is aware of the strength of the category today.
“I would love to use studs or bring something in that could be smooth on the surface,” the designer said. “Legwear is so important because women today see themselves in complete looks, and with how big accessories have become, they see how models are on the runway and that’s how they want to get dressed.” I DEFINITELY DO: Cole Haan has been bitten by the bridal bug. The accessories firm is launching a collection for brides craving a bit of comfort on their big day. All styles feature Nike Air technology, hidden among the line’s silk satin white and ivory heels. Cole Haan is owned by Nike Inc. All styles retail between $298 and $428 and will be carried at select Cole Haan locations, on colehaan.com and at Kleinfeld’s in Manhattan. Cole Haan will also offer a “dye to black” service for select styles, ensuring a reusable heel for post-wedding wear.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)