A lot has been written about French Girl Style. Suffice it to say that everybody wants it, but achieving the dishabille, effortless chic style is harder than it looks.Who What Wear, which promises to crack the code in a blog post entitled, "11 Rules for Mastering the Art of French Girl Style," doesn't sugar-coat the matter, saying that French Girl Style can be "this unattainable fantasy."Pinterest is peppered with French striped Breton shirts; jeans worn with white cloth shirts; trenchcoats; boyfriend blazers; artfully tied scarves, and knee-length silk floral print dresses, but try pulling it all together like a Gallic gal.French Wink is coming to the rescue. Billed as the biggest French-only pop-up store, French Wink's 3,000-square-foot unit will operate for a week, starting Dec. 11, at 25 Greene Street in SoHo.Co-owners Claire Obry and Myline Descamps traveled through France visiting boutiques and selecting items with traditional and modern savoir fare for men, women and children. About 60 percent of the assortment is exclusive to French Wink, but there are also familiar brands such as Breton stripe purveyor Saint James and Jacadi for babies."New Yorkers are eager to know more about France," Obry said. "It’s very difficult to find these brands in the U.S. market. Meanwhile, French brands are struggling to have access to the vast U.S. customer."The company plans to launch five pop-up shops in the coming year while continuing to refine its concept. "We want to do a permanent store, but we have to test the concept first," Descamps said.French Wink's pop-up will feature educational programs and events. "Retail is struggling now, so we need to offer to our customers a lifestyle," Descamps said. "We'll have a lot of workshops, such as French beauty tips and Calais lace tattoos, for example."A watch bar and create-your-own bow tie bar will offer customizable gifts. Maman NYC will feature cafe au lait and croissants, among other treats, and a fondue evening is planned. A VR experience promises to transport shoppers to France, where they'll see "beautiful creations from French makers," Obry said. "French people take time to produce things. It’s a long process. Some brands have existed for 200 years."
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.