The Spanish fashion retailer hopes to add 200 corners to its already-existing network of 12 stores, and is in talks with several potential partners. “We are in conversations with different U.S. department stores [to distribute the brand],” confirmed Isak Andic, Mango’s co-founder and chief executive officer. “We have not closed a deal yet, but a decision will be made very soon.”
Candidates reportedly include J.C. Penney, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, although Andic declined to discuss with whom the retailer is in talks.
Andic spoke about Mango’s U.S. expansion on Wednesday night at a party here to unveil the retailer’s spring collection. The party for about 600 — including the Barcelona retailer’s advertising faces Scarlett Johansson and Dree Hemingway, a few royalty-related socialites, models and local film and TV personalities — was held in the Caja Mágica tennis complex, about a half-hour drive from downtown Madrid.
Temperatures dropped to 55 degrees as guests shivered through an hour-long photo call prior to a spring runway presentation featuring girlish sportswear with bunched and swingy skirts, minis, shorts, denim separates, big bows and belts and easy, comfort-conscious men’s wear.
After the show, guests moved onto an indoor tennis court for the after party. Johansson was seen, but not heard — except briefly. When a photographer singled out her red, red lips, she said: “Sorry, they’re taken.”
In a tailored black and tweed Mango dress, she then vanished to an upstairs sitting area where she could barely be seen. Meanwhile, Hemingway, in a fluffy bolero over layers and the same skinny chapslike pants she’d worn all day for press interviews, said, “I never go sexy. I’m more into a well-made pair of pants and a good shoe.” The 21-year-old great-granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, the face of Mango’s Web site and summer catalogue, didn’t stick around for mojitos and sushi.
Moises de la Renta, Oscar de la Renta’s 25-year-old son, launched MDLR Moises de la Renta for Mango, a mini collection of eight cotton T-shirts and tanks (women’s only) with tulle and gemstone trims. “I’m superexcited about collaborating with Mango. It’s a tremendous opportunity,” he said. The line will be distributed through major Mango stores worldwide, a spokeswoman said.
Wearing a high-voltage beaded sheath by Hervé Léger and signature peep-toe platforms, Mónica Cruz, Penélope’s younger sister, said she’d just wrapped a few film projects, “but I’m exhausted from walking the dogs,” she said. Cruz whipped out her cell phone to show a photo of her five dogs with red-ribbon collars “taken last New Year’s Eve.”
Mango’s 2009 Fashion Awards winner, 32-year-old Korean designer Lee Jean Youn, said apart from the 300,000 euro, or $449,700 at current exchange, prize money, “I prayed, ‘Thank you, thank you, God, for the best experience of my life.’” Youn, who designed the Mango show’s closing series — easy-shaped dresses and separates in white silk and cotton — will present a 25-piece spring couture collection in Paris in January, he said.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
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.