For cousins Ling and Emily Chen, and their close friend Connie Wong, their new venture — a scarf collection called We Are Owls — is the culmination of years of brainstorming. Close friends since they attended Manhattan’s LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, the threesome, each 31, talked about collaborating on an art project throughout high school. “We just never knew what it was,” Emily says. Then came college; armed with degrees from design schools (Fashion Institute of Technology for Emily, Parsons The New School for Design for Connie and Ling), the three went their separate ways at various fashion companies (Ling, the creative mastermind behind the trio’s new line, is the design director of The Breed). But over brunch last year, they hatched the idea for an accessories company, deciding to design and produce vast, whimsical cashmere scarves. The name of the collection stems from the group’s nocturnal habits and work ethic: “While the world sleeps, we are awake,” explains Emily, who handles sales and marketing for the line. “We have our day jobs, like everyone else, but we find ourselves up late at night inspired by the hunger to create art and design.” A 36-by-80-inch scarf will wholesale for $98, and, thus far, Shopbop.com, Ron Herman, Big Drop and TNT have signed on to sell the pieces for fall.And these are not wispy spring neckties. Imagine a swath of cashmere, sourced from the mountains of Mongolia, emblazoned with images of bird flocks, willow branches, even an oversize (and creepily mesmerizing) skeleton. As the designers explained: “Our scarves should not just function as a piece to keep you warm, but should also make a statement, like the perfect jewelry or bag that makes the outfit.”
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.