DRESS SURFING: Although Orange County's Mossimo is best known for surf-inspired sportswear, at his new Mossimo Supply store in South Coast Plaza, it's his dress collection that's making waves.
A cotton and Lycra spandex ankle-length dress with low-cut square neckline, cross back straps and side slit. More than 127 have sold at $60 since the store's December opening.
A navy cotton and Lycra ankle-length dress with scoop neck, racer back and two side slits, which sold 18 pieces at $60 in two days.
A charcoal rayon A-line baby-doll dress with adjustable slip straps, 24 units at $51 in one week.
A black bikini with fiber-filled underwire bra and adjustable lingerie straps, selling 50 units since February at $70.
GUESS AGAIN: Rodeo Drive is getting another Guess.
The company has announced its fourth store on the prestigious -- but short -- strip.
A new Guess Home Collection store -- on the west side of the 400 block -- will open later this year, carrying home furnishings, and counting among its neighbors Giorgio Armani, Chanel and Gianni Versace.
Guess's three other units are Guess Ranch, Baby Guess and Guess Footwear. In addition, there are two Guess boutiques on Santa Monica Boulevard, a half block from Rodeo.
At least one retailer believes the street, which has only 2 1/2 blocks of retail, might be over-Guessed. Herb Fink of Theodore, an early supporter of Guess coming to Rodeo, said he now wonders if the street has gone "Guess-happy."
"It would have been nice perhaps if they would have it in one building, but four is overwhelming," said Fink, whose store is sandwiched between the Guess stores. "I wouldn't want to see four Diors or four Chanels either. It becomes repetitious."
Guess is not only getting another new store, it's getting its own swimwear. Designer Robin Piccone provided a preview of some of the 60 new styles she will roll out in July under the Guess Swimwear label.
Piccone, who owns Piccone Apparel and has been known for the Body Glove by Robin Piccone swimwear line since 1985, also produces a signature line of contemporary swimwear and sportswear.Despite Body Glove's gross volume in swimwear of $5 million last year, she decided not to renew the licensing agreement last month.
"I took the Body Glove look as far as it could go. People really had a fixed image of the line: the early Eighties surfing image in bright neoprene. With Guess, people won't expect a certain product," she said. "There will be fewer restrictions on me as a designer. In most people's minds, Guess is sexy and American, but it is not associated with a particular style or fabric. I can do denim swimwear, but I am not expected to."
At $26 to $38 wholesale, the line offers solids and prints in cotton and Lycra spandex. It promises to be "briefer" than Piccone's signature offerings, she said, and will feature such bra treatments as underwire triangle tops. Details will include floral applique trim, contrast stitching and embroidery. Piccone plans to introduce black and white suits initially and add blue, red, pine green, poppy, celadon and other washed shades for later deliveries.
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