The seven designers were on hand at the West Side exhibit space — Billy Reid, Chris Benz, Dana Lorenz from Fallon, Jonathan Adler, Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais, Steven Alan and Amy Smilovic of Tibi.
The collection of men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry, travel and electronics accessories and home decor goes online Nov. 12 and marks the first time eBay is collaborating with a group of leading designers to create an exclusive collection. The giant online marketplace is not new to designer exclusives, however, having in the recent past worked with Derek Lam, Narciso Rodriguez, Alexander Wang and Rebecca Minkoff.
EBay approached Alan only a few months ago. “They asked me what would I like to design that’s outside my comfort zone and I told them I like technology,” recalled Alan. “Then they said could you execute any ideas in three weeks. Well, I said it’s not so crazy if it’s underwear, but leather goods are a little more involved.” Nevertheless, Alan delivered the goods, a set of leather iPad and composition book cases, bill folders and mobile phone shoulder cases, partly because he’s accustomed to collaborating. “I like it. I’ve partnered with Nike, Uniqlo and Levi’s.”
Benz designed what he called travel essentials including silk twill pajamas, cashmere T-shirts and scarves, and canvas clutches. “I travel a lot so this all made sense.” He said he’s no stranger to eBay. “I’ve decorated my apartment and my studio from eBay,” including purchasing a set of klieg lights that he used as props for his spring 2010 show and has on display in his studio on 37th Street.
“EBay gave us carte blanche but I really wanted to create something that wasn’t just boiled down from my collection,” said Smilovic. She came up with a long sleeve jersey sweatshirt with lace, a cotton sweatshirt with a lace penguin and a fake leather T-shirt lined in jersey. She said working at lower price points for eBay was a good lesson in using a different quality of lace, as well as cotton and jersey. For her regular collection, she typically works with silk and leather. Working with eBay, Smilovic said, has the Tibi team thinking about designing in different ways, and lower price possibilities.
Adler created picture frames, coasters, ornaments and salt and pepper shakers for the holiday collective. “I’ve squandered ‘squillions’ on eBay over the years. Furniture, furniture and more furniture,” Adler said. “I’m glad to make something back now.”
Etro’s show, titled “The Tree of Life,” was a celebration of the house’s 50th anniversary. “My father founded the company in 1968, which was the year of counterculture and psychedelia. It’s really a show that celebrates that and the paisley design of India and its origin,” said Veronica Etro. #wwdfashion #mfw #ss18 (📷: @delphineachard)
For @msgm’s spring 2018 show, creative director @massimogiorgetti said “Words, sounds, colors. Synthesis and therapy of a collection,” were the inspirations behind the collection, showing today. Read the rest of Milan spring 2018 inspirations on WWD.com. #mfw #wwdfashion #ss18
For her first solo album in over 10 years, Fergie tapped Carine Roitfeld, Mert and Marcus, Giovanni Bianco and more to create a fashion-focused video approach for the record, Double Dutchess. "Giovanni really helped me get back in touch with my tomboy side, my hardside," said the singer. #wwdeye #wwdfashion ( : @slovekinpics)
“Volumes and Graphic Art of the Nineties are the main inspirations of the new Aquilano.Rimondi SS 2018 collection,” said cocreative directors Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi. #wwdfashion #mfw #ss18