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.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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