• DUARTE’S NEW DUDS: Henry Duarte, the leather and denim designer who spent more than a decade outfitting Metallica, the Smashing Pumpkins and other rockers, is singing a new tune with a women’s contemporary label called Duarte No. Q65. It is launching for fall with a palette concentrated in black and white. Cut from fabrics such as Japanese cotton gauze and boiled wool, the silhouettes take unconventional turns with drapes, asymmetric hems and ballooning volume in unlikely spots, like the area above the knee on cropped pants. Duarte’s signature leather jackets exhibit a capelike drape in the back or a curved panel on the chest. Wholesale prices run from $315 to $420 for the leather pieces, $62 to $80 for knit dresses and $80 to $112 for trousers. Duarte is teaming up with Jon Levine, chief executive officer of the fashion label, who said he aims to generate $2 million to $3 million in wholesale sales in the first year. The line started shipping last month to department stores such as Henri Bendel and Holt Renfrew, in addition to specialty shops including Intermix; Fred Segal Fun in Santa Monica, Calif.; Knit Wit in Philadelphia, and Searle in New York.


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