Immediately after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Sydney University in 2003, Chinese-Australian Kelvin Ho—who speaks neither Cantonese nor Mandarin—found himself in China overseeing the construction of a major airport. Two years later, back in his native Sydney, an introduction to influential Australian fashion retailer Belinda Seper changed Ho’s destiny and he commenced work on something a little more compact: a fashion boutique. Ho was already hooked in with Sydney’s hipster elite—in 2001, the 6-foot, 6-inch surfer and skateboarder modeled in Tsubi’s (now Ksubi) nowlegendary debut Australian Fashion Week show, alongside 169 live rats. Seper has a reputation for unearthing new creative talent, and she commissioned Ho to design the second Sydney location of her hip Corner Shop concept within the heritage-listed Strand Arcade. “I wanted the next generation,” says Seper. Of Ho’s work, she notes: “It’s fresh and it’s modern and it’s original.
“I see things on the hanger and I’m, like, ‘I never knew that color worked on me.’ It’s things you necessarily wouldn’t choose to wear, but once you put them on, you see why Janie is who Janie is." — Lily Collins on working with former "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant on creating looks for her role as Celia Brady's in Amazon series, "The Last Tycoon." 📸@jilliansollazzo #wwdeye
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Rutson has been tapped to Build New American Fashion Group. The parent of Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott hired the merchant to rev up its brands and expand its portfolio into designer, beauty and lifestyle categories. Read more on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion
Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)