Resort is the one season that should exist year-round, at least as far as Banana Republic is concerned.
The retailer has launched the Luxe Leisure capsule collection, a 40-piece range that includes swimwear, tunics and other beachy attire to be sold 12 months a year at its warm weather stores, as well as a handful of other locations. The collection will be in stores in late March.
“We’re trying to capture the needs of the customer,” said Simon Kneen, Banana Republic’s creative director and executive vice president, adding that for now, Luxe Leisure is a women’s-only line. “They’re going away for weekends, and with the snowbirds going to Florida, there’s always a need for [resort wear] in the middle of the season.”
As for how Luxe Leisure, which is priced along the same lines as the core collection ($29.50 to $110) differs from the spring/summer collection in-season, Kneen said they will essentially be one and the same during the traditional summer season, with two additional collections set for fall/winter for a total of four annual deliveries.
Luxe Leisure, described by Kneen as “full-on summer with lots of bare skin and a lot more color,” is Banana Republic’s third capsule collection, along with Heritage and BR Monogram.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia