After about a nine-year absence, Anna Sui returns to Macy's with a Western-inspired capsule collection called Anna Sui x INC International Concepts.The collection, to be sold at 25 Macy's stores and on macys.com beginning in early September, is the latest in an ongoing series of designer capsule collections at Macy's, a strategy considered by the retailer's chief executive officer Jeff Gennette as a “third bucket” in the pursuit of exclusive merchandise. The department store has in the past collaborated with Karl Lagerfeld, Yigal Azrouël and Giambattista Valli, among other designers. Macy’s also has a well-developed stable of private brands such as INC. Hotel and Alfani, and sells some brands exclusively, such as Tommy Hilfiger sportswear.[caption id="attachment_10952812" align="alignnone" width="200"] From the Anna Sui x INC International Concepts campaign.[/caption] The capsule of clothing and accessories is designed by Sui and developed by the INC team. "My favorite piece is a fringe trim dress that laces up the front, with a black-and-white heart print," said the designer. "I did a lot of tops — cowboy-inspired tops with fringe. There's also a prairie shirt with white lace and lots of embroidery, with a long puff sleeve, very fitted and very Victorian, and there's a very beautiful black lace dress, with tiered ruffles." Sui is known for a romantic rock-’n’-roll style, fantasy and some darker sides and a signature often associated with black.The campaign was shot by Ellen von Unwerth in a New York studio with models Karen Elson and David Alexander Flinn. "It's so fun, very pop, upbeat, with really eye-catching color," said Sui.[caption id="attachment_10952810" align="alignnone" width="300"] From the Anna Sui x INC International Concepts campaign.[/caption]Macy's is indirectly responsible for Sui launching her own business. In 1981, Sui was working as a designer at another company when separately, unbeknownst to her boss, she created a collection under her name for Macy's. An ad ran in The New York Times, which her boss noticed. "He fired me on the spot," Sui said. Not long after, Sui went into business for herself, and since then, "Macy's has steadily bought my collections. It's only since the last recession that they haven't."But she's back in the store soon with not only Anna Sui x INC International Concepts, but there will also be an Anna Loves INC collection. That's a broader line of sportswear, pants, T-shirts, coats and jackets, including basics, to be more widely distributed in the Macy's chain and on macys.com, compared to the fashion-forward Anna Sui x INC.[caption id="attachment_10952808" align="alignnone" width="200"] From the Anna Sui x INC International Concepts campaign.[/caption]
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.
@beyonce chose a custom gown by @falgunishanepeacockindia for mother @mstinalawson 's second annual Wearable Art Gala last night. The gown, which took 10 days to make, was inspired by Nubian warrior queen Amanishakheto. Reporting by @hernameislex . #wwdeye 👑 🐝#beyonce
After dressing @justintimberlake for his Super Bowl halftime performance last month, @stellamccartney has designed the star’s "Man of the Woods" tour wardrobe. Timberlake will be wearing a mix of pieces from McCartney’s fall men's collection as well as custom designs and items from his own closet. #wwdfashion