MARGIELA HEADS WEST: Maison Martin Margiela plans to open a store in the Beverly Hills area in July, a spokeswoman said. The retailer has yet to disclose the address and size of the location, which will be its second in the U.S. The first Stateside unit was opened on Greenwich Street in lower Manhattan in December 2005. — E.V.
OAKLEY'S DESIGN TEAM: Oakley Inc. is preparing to launch a high-end line in collaboration with its sponsored athletes next year. The first to jump on board is Gretchen Bleiler, 25, a snowboarder who won a silver medal at the 2006 Olympics. With Bleiler's input, Oakley plans to supplement its snowboarding apparel line with higher-priced technical outerwear, including jackets and pants for snowboarding, as well as casual T-shirts, hoodies and possibly jeans, said Jennifer Bradley, women's program manager at the Foothill Ranch, Calif., company. Bowing in fall 2008, the new collection follows the closing of Oakley Icon, the better-priced women's sportswear label that was available for only two seasons last year. The new line is intended to boost Oakley's women's business, which constitutes less than half of total sales. "It also makes something fashionable for our athletes," Bradley said. — Khanh T.L. Tran
NICK VERREOS GOES TO PROM: Girls who dream of wearing a designer dress to the prom can now snap one up for less than $120 from Windsor's special collection designed by "Project Runway" alumnus Nick Verreos. Following his 2005 stint competing on the hit reality TV show and dressing Californian Meagan Tandy in last month's Miss USA competition, the Los Angeles designer created nine frocks, including a little black dress with skinny straps crisscrossing the front and a Grecian-style gown in a Champagne tint, for the Vernon, Calif., junior retailer, which operates 35 shops in 11 states. To stay within the $79.50 to $119.50 retail price range, Verreos had to make some adjustments — such as substituting polyester for silk and manufacturing in China — that he wouldn't have done with his own label, Nikolaki, which he runs with partner David Paul. Still, Verreos wanted to give something back to his young "Project Runway" fans who have bombarded him with e-mails inquiring if he'd design their prom dresses. "To me, this is the market," Verreos said. — K.T.L.T.FAIRFAX GOES TABLOID: Mike Sportes, former owner of now-defunct New York vintage boutique Filth Mart, has taken over the lease of vintage jeans and T-shirts store Lo-Fi on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles, transforming the 1,200-square-foot space into yet another vintage concept, the rock 'n' roll-inspired Tabloid. The store picks up where Lo-Fi left off, carrying vintage concert Ts from classic rockers such as Yes and Mott the Hoople for around $125, along with stage-ready vintage leather jackets. Rare pieces, such as a mint-condition Sex Pistols T-shirt from a 1978 Atlanta show, for example, are priced as high as $2,000. "We have a very defined point of view," said Maggie Fox, co-owner of the store and Sportes' girlfriend. "If you're not in a band, we can make you look like you are." Fox owned Filth Mart with actress and former girlfriend Drea de Matteo before closing it in 2004. — E.V.
BLUE HOLDINGS APPOINTMENT: Blue Holdings Inc., a Commerce, Calif., producer of jeans labels including Antik Denim, Taverniti So and Yanuk, named Scott Drake chief operating officer and president of sales, new positions. Drake, 57, was previously president of Los Angeles' Visual Concept Image, which manufactured clothing for Banana Republic, Lucky Jeans, St. John and other brands. Prior to that, he was president of Blue Pen Inc., also based in Los Angeles, where he oversaw sales, marketing and production of jeans labels such as Blue Cult, Sacred Blue and Blue 2 and a private label business for Limited Corp.'s Express division. — K.T.L.T.
@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