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.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)