KEDS DOES LEGS: Keds is getting a leg up. The footwear firm has entered a licensing partnership for spring with McCubbin Hosiery, a family-owned legwear firm based in Oklahoma City, to produce a full line of women’s and children’s hosiery, including socks, tights, leggings and liners, and will focus on using eco-friendly fibers such as bamboo and organic cotton. Keds legwear will be distributed at department stores and midtier retailers nationwide.
“The huge growth in ballet flats and slip-on footwear has fueled the liner business,” said David McCubbin, president at McCubbin Hosiery. “We are offering liners that are fun and colorful and true to the Keds brand.”
DARBY DOT COM: Darby Scott is going cyber. The jewelry and handbag designer is taking her baubles and exotic snakeskin bags online as she launches her e-commerce site, darbyscott.com. A former clothing designer, Scott will create limited edition ready-to-wear silhouettes such as blouses and skirts to compliment the online boutique assortment.
“We believe in the democratic power of the Web,” said Scott. “By the end of the year, we will have a full boutique of all our product ranges available to the consumer online. We will deliver to the luxury goods customer clothing, handbags and jewelry, which will excite and inspire them even in these troubled times. With the proliferation of the mass brands globally, women are tiring of brands that have focused on image over substance.”
MODEL MOTHER: Lucky Brand is going mommy-and-me. The firm is partnering on a handbag line with Camila Alves — a Brazilian model and handbag designer who is Matthew McConaughey’s companion and the mother of his son, Levi — to create a collection of bags aimed at “helping moms stay organized.” Also in the collection are diaper bags and kid’s carryall bags produced under the Lucky Kids label. The line retails from $79 to $349 and is to launch next fall exclusively at Lucky Brand and Lucky Kid stores, as well as select specialty stores. “Being a new mom myself, I know how important it is to carry a bag that will hold all of baby’s needs, including bottles and toys,” Alves said.
ROYAL DIAMONDS: Jewelry lovers gathered last week at New York’s Asprey store to celebrate Lord Ian Balfour’s latest book, “Famous Diamonds.” The writer has worked in the diamond industry for more than 20 years and has consulted for some of the world’s most important diamond firms.
In his new tome, Balfour explores the most famous diamonds of modern times, from the controversial Koh-i-Noor diamond, situated among Britain’s Crown Jewels, to the Cullinan, the largest uncut diamond ever found. But the Eton-educated Balfour said his true passion lies in music. “I’ve written nine operas and love the passion involved in that,” Balfour said.
“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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye