Designer Ilana Kugel is looking to make the Koral name — already well known on the Los Angeles denim scene — a force in the activewear market.It was by coincidence that Kugel named her line Koral, and when denim guru Peter Koral found out, she invited him to see the collection and the two struck up a business partnership last March. After a capsule collection in spring 2014, Koral has ramped up to a 100-piece line with 17 groups for fall. The brand will be sold at Nordstrom, Shopbop, Carbon 38, Equinox, YogaWorks, Barry’s Bootcamp and MGM and Aria resorts.Wholesaling from $26 to $119, the line offers an edgy take on activewear with futuristic fabrics and sexy silhouettes, including a signature bodysuit.“I played a lot with shapes and textures,” Kugel said. “There is a metallic fabric I call Infinity, a compression fabric called Evanesence, and a heather fabric called Cascade. My vision is always going from the gym to out with friends.”The collection also includes two shades of bonded spandex, featured in reversible leggings, and sports bras with laser-cut details that expose contrasting colors.Working with Peter Koral and producing everything in his Vernon, Calif., factory was a plus.“One of the most amazing aspects of being able to partner with Peter is that he already had a facility, an in-house patternmaker and digital printers,” Kugel said. “Each piece goes into [a] heavy series of trials and fittings, so we have a hands-on feel for everything.” Born in Rio de Janeiro and educated in São Paulo, Kugel moved to the U.S. in 2006 and was doing visual merchandising for Mango before her father invested in her first swimwear line. When her brother Marcelo Kugel came on board to handle the business, market research led them to switch gears from swim to activewear.“For us to grow the company, it was a much better market,” she said.Marcelo Kugel added, “Women in Brazil buy four or five swimsuits a month, whereas here they may buy only one or two per year. It gets down to numbers.”Koral plans to introduce one swim style each season and eventually grow a swim collection. For now, Marcelo Kugel projects first-year sales of $4 million.
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
Discovery is collaborating with British pop artist @philipcolbert on a new line of clothing and accessories called Discovery Shark. The collection, which will launch next summer for Shark Week’s 30th anniversary, features a whimsical line of women’s and men’s bomber jackets, sweatshirts, bags and more. #wwdfashion
“I’m always a big champion of a female rapper, and I’m glad to see a new voice that feels unique and authentic that’s coming up, and I think we’re going to see more great things from her,” said @itsjeremyscott about @iamcardib, who performed at @moschino’s Art Basel Miami Beach party last night. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@janellemonae’s “What’s Your Frequency?” room in @refinery29's #29Rooms made its debut this week at the opening of the Los Angeles art exhibit. “It’s about the ongoing conversation around mass surveillance, the weaponization of technology and cultural uniformity. My space was created so that we can come together and talk about the complexities of our humanity,” said Monáe. #wwdeye (📷: @bucknerphoto)
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)