DALLAS — Fashion Industry Gallery expects all 50 of its showrooms to be occupied plus 100 exhibitors at its Shop booth show at the fall market, taking place March 21 to 23. Contemporary dress designer Amanda Uprichard will be featured.
“It feels like the momentum has picked up,” said Matt Roth, chief executive officer and co-owner of the juried fashion venue in the Arts District. “We are totally full for March, and after that we have one or two rooms available for permanent lease, but I’ve got legitimate prospects for those spaces, so it’s just a matter of time before we are full — and we haven’t had that problem in a long time.”
Comparatively strong business in Texas is fueling interest in showroom leasing, Roth said. FIG concentrates on contemporary and bridge fashion, accessories and shoes for women but also showcases some men’s and children’s resources.
“People are talking about this region,” he said. “A lot of what is happening in other parts of the country isn’t as promising as what people are seeing here in Dallas.”
In other news, FIG teamed with software start-up Clothesline to offer exhibitors a free six-month test of the online ordering service for use during markets. The system was developed by Lady Fuller, who owns the Blues Jean Bar specialty chain, and Avalon Retail Consulting, a New Orleans service. Clothesline says it maintains an online inventory, generates bar codes for products and enables paperless orders and invoices.
Mider Group showroom owner Greg Mider plans to give it a try. “It’s kind of cool, but it’s a question of whether or not it’s efficient for what we need,” Mider said. “We are still pretty hands-on in how we do things, and it’s only as good as the degree to which our stores use it. They still take notes.”
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Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews