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.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over the top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty