RACHEL PALLY LAUNCHES SWIM: Jersey queen Rachel Pally is diving into new territory. The Southern California contemporary designer's debut swimwear collection is set to hit stores by June before the height of the beach season. Produced in-house, the collection consists of four one-pieces, six bikini tops and four bikini bottoms in solids, stripes and leafy prints. "We made sure that we have everybody's body type covered," said Pally, whose namesake brand has developed a reputation for easy-fitting dresses in its nearly five-year history. Pally called the swimwear an "experiment" for the boutiques that carry her signature line, estimating that 100 boutiques have expressed interest in her swimsuits, which wholesale for $38 to $82. For herself, Pally is likely to choose the Belize, a cleavage-exposing blue-and-white striped one-piece that mimics a two-piece from the back, because, she said, "You always have to consider your tan." PULL-IN PUSHES SWIMSUITS: When French intimates brand Pull-In started seven years ago, it targeted surfers and other water sport athletes with its sports underwear, so its entry into swimwear in the U.S. this season is only natural. Wholesaling from $19 to $33, the women's line boasts the same wide waistbands from the underwear collection in many of the 34 swim styles. Distributed only in two boutiques in Miami and New York initially, the company projects the women's, children's and men's swim lines will do $600,000 in wholesale volume in the U.S. in its first year. The brand will open its own boutique in Saint-Tropez in March, followed by a Los Angeles opening this fall.
TYR OLYMPIC SUIT: It's still six months before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but TYR Sport has already tested its newest elite swimsuit in competition. The Tracer Light, named because it traces the muscles of the body with compression panels to reduce drag and increase muscle oxygenation, will be available in late April at swim and triathlon specialty shops, and will wholesale from $35 to $150. The company is marketing the campaign with regional hometown tours of its athletes — like Atlanta with Olympic silver medalist Amanda Weir — in addition to traditional ad placements.
JEFFREY DOES GANT, PART II: Gant is enlisting Jeffrey Kalinsky, director of designer merchandising for Nordstrom, to design a limited edition men's 30-piece sportswear collection for fall. The line of preppy classics, which will retail from $125 to $900, will be available at the Jeffrey boutique in New York, as well as upscale specialty stores and premium department stores nationwide. A portion of wholesale sales will directly benefit amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. Kalinsky first collaborated with Gant two years ago, re-creating products from Gant's Fifties archives.K-SWISS WOMEN'S APPAREL: With Anna Kournikova as the face of its women's apparel line, which launched this spring, K-Swiss promoted the sophomore season of its active apparel line with its first fashion show Monday in the Garment District. The inspiration for the line, which wholesales from $25 to $200, is "beautiful sport" that is as appropriate on the tennis court or gym as in Starbucks "après-sport," said Jennifer Weiderman, vice president of marketing for K-Swiss. Sold in about 50 doors for spring, the line features one-shoulder tennis dresses and tiny tennis skirts (reportedly a request from Kournikova, who is helping with the fit of the line).
CYCLE CHIC: Forget Beijing, Londoners are rapidly swapping public transport for their bicycles. More than three million cycle journeys are made in London a week, according to a Time Out London magazine survey this summer, and now many retailers are spotting the market potential. This month, Cyclefashion.co.uk launched hand-decorated helmets for women, and later this year plans to add women's cycle apparel and accessories. "Forty percent of London cyclists are women. I cycle every day, and lots of my friends do too," said Sawako Furuno, designer and founder. "I don't power-cycle, and I don't want to wear serious fitness gear. I want to look stylish." The Web site sells six styles of helmets at 60 pounds, or $119 at current exchange. The new apparel range will most likely run between 30 pounds, or $58.50, for a T-shirt, to 100 pounds, or $198, for a jacket. Furuno said she was approaching fashion boutiques and cycle stores in London about selling the line. "Half of people cycling cycle for less than 30 minutes for fun. I want them to enjoy that 30 minutes."
CELEBRATING SINGLEHOOD: Can't meet men? Maybe it's your outfit. Kristin Moore and Tamera Lawrence, who are both about 40, have created SingleTease, a line of T-shirts, called SingleTees, to "let men know we were available and approachable." Sold at Singletease.com for $25 and $28, the shirts boast six slogans, including "Boy scouting (are you prepared?)," "Support your local library (check me out)" and simply "Single." Just in time for Valentine's Day. — W.B., with contributions from Rachel Brown, Los Angeles, and Lucie Greene, London
@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)
Breaking News: @hedislimane joins @celine as its new artistic, creative and image director. One of fashion’s preeminent image-makers and trendsetters, Slimane is to join the LVMH brand on Feb. 1 and unveil his first fashion proposition for men and women next September during Paris Fashion Week. It marks a major homecoming for Slimane, who cemented his reputation – and influenced men’s tailoring for more than a decade – as the designer of Dior Homme between 2000 and 2007. He went on to reinvent and ignite the house of Yves Saint Laurent, which he rechristened Saint Laurent, between 2012 and 2016 – all the while maintaining a close relationship with the Arnault family, which controls LVMH and Dior. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
“Personally I believe the Eighties have been the richest and more vivacious period for international fashion,” Giorgio Armani said when asked what his favorite decade of fashion is. It was a moment of disruption and experimentation and only thinking back to the first years of that decade is always an emotion for me, for what they have meant to me and my work.” The influence is clear in @giorgioarmani spring 2018 collection, pictured here, which was full of bright colors and unexpected prints. Read more about which decades designers loved most on WWD.com #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
For Lady Gaga’s only Italian show on her “Joanne World Tour,” the singer wore a range of @versace_official outfits. The standout piece: this custom-made bodysuit inspired by the brand’s spring 2018 collection. #wwdfashion (RG: @ladygaga)
@_camillaruth_ is expanding on the wellness-craze concept with @westbourne – a new NYC restaurant that’s both a healthy-minded café as well as a business that gives back to the community. Marcus works with the Robin Hood foundation to give back to The Door, a non-profit providing youth development services, and also hires employees through The Door. Read our full interview with Marcus on giving back through food on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)