MILLER'S LEG UP: Nicole Miller has signed a licensing deal with Leg Resource Inc. to manufacture and distribute hosiery, tights, leggings and socks under the Nicole Miller Collection and the better-priced Nicole Miller New York label. A small group of Nicole Miller Collection items will launch during the holiday season, while a spring debut is planned for the full line and the Nicole Miller New York pieces. The collections are expected to retail from $8 to $40 at Nicole Miller boutiques and high-end and better department and specialty stores.
"I like being able to interpret my patterns and color in legwear so that it relates to the collection each season," Miller said.
INDIE DARLINGS: The second annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards held Wednesday night in New York welcomed an accessories legend, Judith Leiber. The 87-year-old designer was there to accept the Iconoclast Award for the company she founded. Other award winners included Lui Antinous for Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design, Darren Wallace for Best Handmade Bag, Clara Yoo for Best Student-Made Handbag, PFYH for Most Socially Responsible Handbag, Ecoist for Best Green Handbag and Bellabags for Audience Fan Favorite.
SCARF IT UP: Former Helmut Lang art director Stephen Wong is launching a collection of cashmere scarves under the label Wong Wong, emblazoned with the words "penetration," "two-man combo" and "hump and run." But the phrases are not meant to be pornographic — we're talking soccer terms here. Penetration, for instance, describes a player driving through the opposing defense. "People say it as a natural [European] football term, but if you take it to a different context, it's funny," Wong said, Each scarf pattern evokes certain team colors and Wong, a hard-core fan of the European leagues, has carefully matched the phrases to reflect each group's style of play. "London's Arsenal Football Club plays a very attacking style of football," said Wong, earning it the "penetration" tag. Scotland's Celtic F.C., meanwhile, is known for its kick long-and-chase approach — a tactic colloquially referred to as the "hump and run." The Wong Wong line, which wholesales at $120, bows at Paris' Colette boutique this fall.MEDAL OF HONOR: Philanthropist Patricia Kennedy inaugurated the veterans support organization Step Up 4 Vets at her Beverly Hills mansion, La Villa Paradiso, last month. In the patriotic spirit of the event, seven Condor Squadron planes flew overhead and the dress code was red, white and blue. The evening's big event was the design of the Peace One Earth medallion that Kennedy created to support Step Up 4 Vets. It features a dove above the earth's two hemispheres and is priced from $49.99 to $2,500 on peaceoneearth.com. "I drew the first circle for the medallion from a hair spray can," Kennedy said. "I designed the medallion to make a statement about what truly matters." To recognize their service to the USO, she put medallions around the necks of actresses Stephanie Powers and Kate Linder, and guest of honor Wayne Newton.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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