Citizens of Humanity took a fashion tip from its retail buyers for its next collaboration.The premium denim brand has partnered with Frank & Eileen on a spring collection of button-up shirts stitched from Italian fabric in Southern California. Expanding beyond the one or two shirts the brand offers in its seasonal collections, the array of washed, foamy colors complements the vintage-inspired jeans from Citizens' spring lineup."The colors look really good together," said Amy Williams, chief executive officer of Citizens in Huntington Park, Calif., who fessed up to owning a half dozen shirts by Los Angeles-based Frank & Eileen. "We both have this similar sensibility and style."Her wholesale customers also are part of the bandwagon that helped steer her toward the project. "Stylistically, the stores' buyers come wearing Frank & Eileen shirts and Citizens of Humanity jeans," she said.[caption id="attachment_10799056" align="alignnone" width="210"] A cream shirt from the collaboration paired with Citizens of Humanity's jeans.[/caption]Launching in late March, the $238 style is an interpretation of Frank & Eileen's top-selling silhouette, the Barry, in five different washes, ranging from pale pink, cream and olive green to light and dark shades of denim. The U.S. stores slated to stock the collection, dubbed Frank & Eileen for Citizens of Humanity, include E Street Denim Co., The Dreslyn, Revolve Clothing and Laguna Supply.In Japan, where the Citizens team was keen on a tie-up with Frank & Eileen founder Audrey McLoghlin, the shirts also will be available at Ron Herman, Hankyu's Umeda unit, Isetan's Shinjuku location and G6 in Tokyo's Ginza neighborhood.While rivals in the competitive denim sector have made collaborations a regular part of their design department, Williams said Citizens stays selective with its projects. Past efforts involved foodie favorites such as Blue Bottle Coffee and Gjelina, for whom it made chambray shirts and other denim-related items for the eateries' staffs.[caption id="attachment_10799070" align="alignnone" width="202"] A denim-on-denim look from Citizens of Humanity and Frank & Eileen.[/caption]"We tend to work with certain teams and brands we like," she said. "It happens organically. We don’t go out and look for them. It’s based on the relationship."For instance, McLoghlin is featured in the forthcoming issue of Citizens' semiannual magazine called Humanity, which will be the second issue it will translate fully into Japanese. That's serendipitous because the collaboration also is heading to Frank & Eileen's store in Tokyo. "It’s a way to build a market over there," she said.Boosted by strong business in 2016 and good response for the spring designs with Frank & Eileen, Williams said Citizens founder Jerome Dahan and creative director Catherine Ryu have drawn up new looks to continue the collaboration through fall. In addition to an indigo wash and some other colors for the Barry style, they're also considering a new silhouette for women. Plus, "the team in Japan requested a men’s shirt," she said. "You think of new ways and interesting ways to work together. Business happens and positive things come out."
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.