JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO go back in the water — it is. Swimwear vendors, a bit glum as the bumpy economy and uneven weather rattle their businesses, plan to give retailers what works, with familiar silhouettes, metallics, nautical looks and solids all part of the play-it-safe arsenal of trends.
Nautical styles are perennial hits, and they're high on the list. Maria Santilena, sales manager at Skinny Dip Swimwear, a division of lingerie firm Leg Avenue, based in City of Industry, Calif., said the company offers 18 styles in a flirty daywear swim line and 13 styles in an elegant nightwear group. A red-and-white-striped Skinny Dip bikini has a rope detail around the neck and also in the low-rise bottoms. An anchor charm spices up the tube top. The set wholesales for $31.80.
Jessica Simpson swimwear puts a spin on nautical by pairing a jeans-like bottom with a navy-and-white-striped top, and it's booking well, said Ellyce Zolt, a partner in Ronnie & Ellyce Sales Showroom, which represents Jessica Simpson, True Religion, Bare Assets, Martini Sol and Endless Sun, among other swim brands. Simpson pieces wholesale from $17 to $26.
A burgeoning trend over the last few seasons, metallics — mainly gold and silver — aren't going away any time soon. For instance, the strong response to gold and silver styles introduced last year inspired the Havaianas flip-flop brand to increase its metallic selection.
A pair flip-flops with Swarovski crystals in the straps retails for up to $130 — Havaianas generally retail for around $15.
Swim vendors have recently been testing atypical silhouettes such as bandeaux and monokinis. The shapes are great for magazines, but retailers are often concerned whether fit-conscious shoppers will venture outside their comfort zones. Santilena noted, "The monokinis are doing well, but in general, they're hard because they don't fit everybody," so Skinny Dip has tried to make them workable by enhancing their adjustability.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion