Frilly knickers and luxe lingerie aside, underwear is by most people’s standards a bare necessity. but judging from all the novelty items out there, it seems the banality of such basics begs to be spun into something more. Like t-shirts, intimates — underpants in particular — is a genre prime for all manner of angles, ranging from kitsch to convenience.
Consider the age-old days-of-the-week undie campaign, recently coopted by Stella McCartney to adorable effect. Whether girls ever coordinated their drawers to their designated day, the weekday motif has become a classic. It’s a conceit that’s inspired an endless supply of specialty thongs and panties for every marketable occasion — weddings, Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s day, even current events: a simple google search turned up at least three sites peddling Obama undies.
Silly though it seems, people buy into such novelty acts. Take, for example, t-box, a line of cotton pieces, thongs and boyshorts among them, which are compressed and packaged to look like candy, butterflies and ice cream cones. “The idea is it’s an impulse buy,” says Zeynep Ergin-Vitale, vice president of T-Box Usa. “The brand is for fast-consumption retail. It’s by the cash register — the customer likes the packaging, they pick it up. It’s an eye-directly-to-the-brain type of thing.”
Not to mention gimmicky, for which T-Box isn’t apologizing. The line, owned by Turkish retail giant the Boyner Group, launched in the U.S. in November, and intimates accounts for approximately a third of Boyner’s $1 billion in worldwide sales.
As owner of Urban Aid, purveyor of cheeky travel kits (the Shame on You kit includes a pair of panties, a toothbrush and a “leave behind” note, among other personal products, for the girl on the go), Karen Barnett also cashes in on quirky concepts. “We use humor in the copy and the packaging to explain ourselves and to pull you in,” says Barnett, who worked in product development and packaging for Disney and Mattel before launching Urban Aid in 2005. “Everything is supposed to be funny.”
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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
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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