Europe’s leading jeans retailers are betting that not everything will be left on the racks come springtime. The following are the denim collections they’re backing as sure winners for next season.
STORE: 14oz., Berlin SPRING PICK: Prps, New York “It’s made from the finest Japanese denim, with exciting finishes,” said manager Roberto Gonzales. “The existing men’s collection was getting popular when worn by celebs, like Katie Holmes, who borrowed it from her husband. It’s famous for its boyfriend cuts. We’re expecting a big success for the upcoming women’s line.”
STORE: Citadium, Paris SPRING PICK: LTB Jeans, Istanbul, Turkey “The prices are very attractive, around 65 euros [or about $83 at current exchange] to 69 euros [or about $88], just above Cheap Monday. And the cuts are great,” said Hélène Follot, denim buyer. “Very, very high waist — be it in the skinny or in the flares. We’re going to offer an edited choice: three or four washes and three cuts — quite straight, slim and flared.”
STORE: Corso Como 10, Milan SPRING PICK: Levi’s, San Francisco “All the Levi’s 501 Special Editions,” said owner Carla Sozzani.
STORE: Harvey Nichols, London SPRING PICK: Current Elliott, Los Angeles “It has already had a great celebrity following and a permanent waiting list at the store,” said Averyl Oates, buying director. “It’s quite a refreshing L.A. denim line in that styles are cute and look like they’re vintage, but are actually made to be flattering and comfortable — unlike actual vintage. The baggy boyfriend jean has had the most press. It’s been designed like a Levi’s 501 from the Fifties, but with a slightly higher rise and comes in a messy, destroyed wash called Super Loved, a great alternative to uncomfortable skinnies. Also worth a mention is the 1989 Legging. The denim is a superstretch, feels very soft and feels as comfortable on as a legging, but with a rebellious look in the denim.”
STORE: Le Bon Marché, Paris SPRING PICK: Balmain, Paris “No matter what the brand, pastel colors will sell: sky blue, very washed-out pale pinks and even unbleached, almost yellow colors. In terms of cut, the boot cut will dominate. If we have to name a brand, it’s Balmain — but they’re expensive,” said Régine Beraud, director of women’s fashion.
STORE: Royalcheese, Paris SPRING PICK: Edwin Japanese Vintage Collection, Basel, Switzerland “They have a vintage Japanese line we’re selling exclusively in Paris. All the finishes are done by hand, all the sewing cannot be done by machine, which gives a beautiful, really high-quality finish. It’s for connoisseurs because to buy a jean for 290 euros [or $371], you need to know why you’re buying it. The weave is really thick and it ages well. There’s a treatment, a bit like a wax, which means they don’t shrink when you wash them,” said owner Catherine Leung.
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In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
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“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
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