Since graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2008, London-based Mark Fast has gained a cult following for his sexy cobwebby knits. Now, those unable to plunk down serious cash for his wares — wholesale prices are up to $2,400 — can finally pour themselves into his ultrabodycon clothes. The Canadian designer is launching a lower-priced line of nylon and elastane knits, dubbed Faster, for spring.
Prices for the lineup, which includes simple form-fitting tube dresses, cropped tops and leggings, range from $25 to $400, wholesale. (Signature holes included.) “The concept here is accessibility,” remarks Fast. “These are things you can wear with the main collection, as underpinnings, or by themselves.” Curve and Seven in New York have picked up the line.
The label, meanwhile, was a no-brainer. In addition to being a play on his surname, this line is made, well, faster. “The main collection is done on domestic machines, with a person knitting one dress at a time,” he explains. “[Faster] is done with a factory in Italy.”
And while Fast admits the economy played its part in this launch, the initial inspiration was a “happy accident.” He originally intended to create tights for the goodie bags at his September runway show. “Then we made a few other samples and thought maybe someone would use them for a photo shoot,” Fast says. “But the demand [from buyers] has been great.”
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
Discovery is collaborating with British pop artist @philipcolbert on a new line of clothing and accessories called Discovery Shark. The collection, which will launch next summer for Shark Week’s 30th anniversary, features a whimsical line of women’s and men’s bomber jackets, sweatshirts, bags and more. #wwdfashion
“I’m always a big champion of a female rapper, and I’m glad to see a new voice that feels unique and authentic that’s coming up, and I think we’re going to see more great things from her,” said @itsjeremyscott about @iamcardib, who performed at @moschino’s Art Basel Miami Beach party last night. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@janellemonae’s “What’s Your Frequency?” room in @refinery29's #29Rooms made its debut this week at the opening of the Los Angeles art exhibit. “It’s about the ongoing conversation around mass surveillance, the weaponization of technology and cultural uniformity. My space was created so that we can come together and talk about the complexities of our humanity,” said Monáe. #wwdeye (📷: @bucknerphoto)
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)