In the past few years, Santa Barbara has seemed less like a resting place for surfers and retirees and more of a hot spot of fashion and design. The wind-swept city is home to no less than three collections — Karanina, Tamsen and Lucky...
In the past few years, Santa Barbara has seemed less like a resting place for surfers and retirees and more of a hot spot of fashion and design. The wind-swept city is home to no less than three collections — Karanina, Tamsen and Lucky Brand.
Karanina Designers Kara Smith and Nina Firestone have the answer for every girl who's looking for cute, comfortable tops to pair with her jeans for day or night. With their interior design backgrounds and the help of a patternmaker friend, Smith and Firestone started the Karanina collection two years ago with fun tops in great prints. Since then, the line has grown into a full contemporary line of airy peasant skirts, flattering jersey wrap dresses and rich jacquard jackets. The feeling is bohemian, with mix-and-match prints and fabrics designed by the pair and made in Italy. They call Santa Barbara home and consider their travels a major inspiration for the line. The likes of Angelina Jolie, Mena Suvari and Alyssa Milano have picked up on that vibe and are Karanina fans. — Monica Schweiger
Tamsen Design inspiration comes in many forms. For Tamsen partners and longtime friends Mimi Wolf and Sue Firestone, it was the vivid graphic digital art of Sue's father-in-law, Robert Firestone. (Nina Firestone of Karanina is Sue's daughter.) Tamsen began as a personal project for interior designer Sue Firestone. A few years ago, she began experimenting with her father-in-law's artwork by transferring some of his prints onto textiles, which she then fashioned into simple and elegant dresses and sarongs. Soon after, she partnered with fashion designer Wolfe to start the Tamsen collection. The customers for the line are women who, like Firestone and Wolfe, have a jet-set lifestyle and prefer eye-catching, effortless pieces that can go from a yacht to a black-tie affair (such as their best-selling, bold jersey dresses). With stores from California to Russia, these globe-trotting ladies have definitely found their niche in the luxury clothing market. Next up for Tamsen: bikinis. — M.S.
Lucky Brand Gene Montesano, co-owner and founder of Lucky Brand Jeans, has called the Santa Barbara area home for the past 10 years. He also owns several bars and restaurants in town, including the landmark Joe's Bar, a charming watering hole from 1928. When not commuting to his L.A. office, Montesano spends his downtime watching the world go by at his restaurant, Bucatini, or, on a rare shopping trip, he can be found digging for vintage treasures at Yellowstone Vintage Clothing. When Montesano was asked about the fact that Santa Barbara has been attracting more and more Angelenos with its laid-back attitude and cosmopolitan culture, he replied, "L.A. people come up here, and the right ones stay." — Melissa Magsaysay
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
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