STRETCHING OUT:Alo Yoga — whose leggings have been seen on the likes of Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid — is making good on its word of aggressive store expansion.The company, which ventured into physical retail in spring 2016 with a 7,000-square-foot Beverly Hills flagship, opened a store in Santa Monica earlier this year and will now try its hand at The Grove shopping center in Los Angeles.“The Grove is an amazing spot for our third L.A. Alo store,” said Danny Harris, cofounder and chief executive of Alo Yoga, noting the two-level unit would have a yoga studio upstairs and an organic café. The brand also plans some Grove street takeovers, which would allow it to host thousand-person outdoor yoga classes.Harris started the company with Marco DeGeorge. The two operate Alo’s parent Color Image Inc. and sister brands Bella + Canvas and Bella Luxx.The Grove store will total roughly 5,000 square feet and will be neighbors with Shinola. It’s currently slated for a fall opening.The sprawling space follows in the vein of the store model set out by the Beverly Hills location, which is also two levels with space on the second floor for classes and organic coffee and juice served on the first level. The Santa Monica store, at the Third Street Promenade, was also in keeping with a multiuse door that was focused on creating a hub for community rather than being solely transactional.Santa Monica is going “excellently” Harris said.“We’re super happy with it,” he added. “Its location, like The Grove, is visited by locals and tourists alike."For More Los Angeles Coverage in WWD:The Rise, and Ugly Fall, of L.A. Retailer KitsonKitson Founder Alleges Lender Pump-and-Dump SchemeCarbon38 CEO Talks Ready-to-Wear Expansion
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.