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.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)