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
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)