LIJA EXPANDS SPORTS: LIJA is branching out beyond its golf roots. After launching as a golf line in 1998, LIJA for spring 2009 is adding tennis and active categories, as well as expanding the lifestyle collection it launched last spring. Wholesaling from about $30 to $65, the new collections are projected to be sold in about 100 doors, including some of LIJA’s current golf retailers, as well as resorts and specialty stores. “Active and tennis, our most current expansions, seemed to have natural synergies for us as a lifestyle company as well as providing buying synergies for some of our current customers,” said LIJA founder Linda Hipp. Within two years, the company expects the new lines will represent a quarter of its nearly $10 million in wholesale volume.
ADVISORY SERVICE: Carson Kressley, host of “How to Look Good Naked” and formerly “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” is touring New York & Company stores to host fashion shows and Q&As for shoppers. The five-stop tour kicks off on Oct. 20 in New York, then moves to Boston, Chicago and Dallas, before finishing in Los Cerritos, Calif., on Nov. 14. “This tour gives us the opportunity to create brand awareness and show how New York style is translated through our new fashion collections,” said Celia Rao Visconti, New York & Co. executive vice president of marketing. Special space is reserved for the retailer’s reward club members, though other shoppers are welcome, and the company’s Web site will also post videos and Q&As with Kressley.
ROUSSO HELPS SUCK IT IN: Rousso Apparel Group is serving up help for women looking to suck in their waists for holiday. The vendor is launching Skinny Tank, a line of jersey tops and dresses with a nylon spandex panel to slim the midsection. More than 200,000 units of the new shapewear, which wholesales from $13 to $24, have been booked in 800 Macy’s, Dillard’s and Belk doors, according to New York-based Rousso Apparel Group.
CASHMERE CAUSE: Lorraine Bracco and Julianna Margulies stopped by The Magaschoni Apparel Group’s triannual event last week, helping to raise funds for the Center for Discovery, a New York nonprofit organization dedicated to providing supportive environments for people with severe disabilities. Calculations on how much was raised have not yet been finalized.
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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye