• B.D. Baggies presented its new shop-in-shop store concept, due to be rolled out worldwide. Inspired by a laundry room, merchandising props include garment-filled laundry bins, industrial clothing racks and wire hangers with logoed cotton sheaths.
• Denim maker G-Star unveiled an extensive hat collection, with 12 new models ranging from urban chic to rugged outback. In addition, it unveiled a furniture collaboration between G-Star Raw and Swiss furniture maker Vitra — a project aimed at reinterpreting classic models by French modernist designer, Jean Prouvé. “Crossover gives us the opportunity to work with brands we admire and allows us to demonstrate our tastes,” G-Star chief marketing officer Joris Aperghis said. G-Star, which currently has about 300 monobrand franchises worldwide, hopes to reach 750 by 2015.
• For its third collection under Enzo Fusco, C.P. Company presented a limited edition Goggle “Reverso” Jacket, released in conjunction with the 1931 Reverso watch presented by Jaeger-LeCoultre. The coat features a protective watch porthole on the left sleeve. Only 500 models of the coat will be sold in selected stores worldwide.
• Italy’s WP Lavori in Corso plans to open its first store on Bond Street in New York in 2012 housing its portfolio of brands including Woolrich Woolen Mills, B.D. Baggies, Blundston and Penn-Rich.
• Henry Cotton’s launched a men’s and women’s beach collection carrying an English floral-meets-tropical theme. The men’s line includes silk scarves that double as colorful belts, Bermuda shorts and faded polo shirts.
• Nigel Cabourn is developing a shoe with Red Wing for fall 2012. The designer hopes next year to open a store in New York, followed by London.
• Pringle of Scotland’s archive collection— the fruit of a collaboration between the storied label and London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design M.A. and B.A. students — mixed colorblocking and random argyle patterns from 1815 and 2011 for a geometrically dizzying modern twist. Pringle aims to open archive collection pop-up stores this September at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and in 2012 in Beijing, Monaco and Shanghai.
• Vicomte A, which counts Pippa Middleton among its fans (founder Arthur de Soultrait said Middleton, who is a close friend of his, even gives tips on the brand’s fledgling women’s line), has acquired old French hunting brand Gastinne Renette. “It’s the French Holland & Holland,” said de Soultrait, adding that a relaunch is planned for Sept. 9 at the Chateau de Chantilly, in tandem with a shooting tournament. Vicomte A has also collaborated with the Deauville Yacht Club on French navy-inspired line with modern twists. A double-breasted jacket in oxford shirting fabric, for instance, sports rubber anchor buttons.
• Slowear invited European Institute design students Giulia Ceragioli and Leandro Mazzocco, 19 and 20 years old, respectively, to design two full looks mirroring the company’s Red collection. The designs, which were showcased at Pitti, included a seersucker vest, worn sweatshirt and cotton T-shirt with floating ropes and khakis with tattoos. “We decided to bring the younger generation into the fold in order to pass on our know-how, and even learn something from them too,” said Slowear chief executive officer Mario Griariotto.
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion