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.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia