Prps is moving back into women’s.Donwan Harrell, Prps’ founder and designer, believes there's a need for different types of denim, and as a result, he's relaunching the women's collection for spring.“I was looking at women’s denim out in the stores and it was all the same. It’s all dark, skinny, stretch pieces that don’t differentiate from brand to brand. I wanted to create something that was bold and stood out,” said Harrell. “Designing for women allows me to have more creative freedom than when I design for men, which made creating this collection extremely fun. I got to run wild.”The collection, which has been picked up by Ron Herman, Shopbop, American Rag and Revolve, is made up of 25 to 30 pieces and retails from $198 to $535 for specialty pieces. The denim in the assortment consists of overalls with vintage washes and patches, boyfriend jeans with a slight taper, drop-crotch jeans with paint splatters and skinny jeans coming in a variety of washes. Apparel includes bomber jackets and a patchwork denim dress.The last time Harrell created a women’s collection was fall 2011. Harrell said he had to abandon the line to focus on building his affordably priced Prps Goods & Co., which is carried in Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. But now that Harrell has built up his design team, he’s been able to concentrate on women’s. The brand also produces Prps Noir, which is made from selvage denim, and the Prps line that’s made in Japan.Harrell also plans on broadening his assortment by offering more denim choices that aren’t heavily decorated and rolling out a comprehensive replenishment program with T-shirts and woven shirts. The brand will relaunch its e-commerce site early this year to better reflect the different collections and different price points. In 2015, Prps ended its distribution in Europe, but Harrell says they are looking into building that business back up.
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.