ROITFELD LINES UP: Any young designer would pretty much do whatever was necessary to get French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld to his or her runway show. Frank Kobitz is doing the next best thing — using her daughter Julia Reston Roitfeld's talents to help get guests to his Feb. 2 Frank Tell fashion show at New York's Tribeca Grand Hotel. The junior Roitfeld has designed invitations to the Tribeca Grand Hotel presentation and her work is credited in the fine print.
Kobitz, who had a Ross Bleckner-authorized print in last season's collection, is teaming up with artist Ben Copperwheat for one of this season's prints — one that derived from the geometrical gardens in the Alain Resnais classic film "Last Year at Marienbad."
OPEN FOR DISCUSSION: The embers are still burning regarding last season's controversy about designers using too many Caucasian models on the runways. To keep the topic top of mind, Bethann Hardison, the former model and agency owner who got people talking by moderating two town meeting-type discussions last year, is scouting locations for a third one to be held later this month. In the meantime, modeling agents have told Hardison there has been more interest in African-American models among designers for shows and brands for advertising. "There's motion in the ocean," said Hardison, adding she is hopeful that will lead to a wider assortment of ethnicities on the runways. She is still at work on a documentary called "Invisible Beauty" that will spotlight the industry and modeling, as well as celebrate African-American models.
WEDDING MARCH: Bridal designer Amsale designed the wedding gown Uma Thurman wears in the forthcoming movie "The Accidental Husband." It is expected to be featured in one of the posters promoting the March 7 release. Amsale also wasn't about to be left out of "27 Dresses," a new movie about the perils of always being a bridesmaid. She provided bridesmaid dresses and wedding gowns, and wound up dressing one of the co-stars, Malin Ackerman, for her real-life wedding in June. Amsale personally worked with Ackerman in her Madison Avenue boutique — a replica of which appears in "27 Dresses." But Katherine Heigl, the other leading lady, went with a different designer — Oscar de la Renta — for her Park City, Utah, nuptials to Josh Kelley last month.
POOL PARTIES: Some might think Lisa Curran is pulling a Shoshana by expanding her swimwear to include dresses, but the designer said she is just doing what retailers have requested. The 12-piece capsule collection ships to swimwear and specialty stores next month, as will a new group of swimwear and dresses for girls, another first. The designer unveils her latest effort Thursday at The Gramercy Park Hotel. Wholesale prices will range from $90 to $110, with a sheer V-neck dress and an above-the-knee tank dress expected to be bestsellers, she said. A recent test at Shopbop sold out within a week, Curran said.
ALL DRESSED UP: After joining Danny and Nicole last year, Robert Maslin has launched the Taylor label, a contemporary dress line, with designer Cynthia Howie. The collection consists of daytime dresses including strapless, short-sleeved, sheath and Empire-waist styles, wholesaling from $69 to $89. "Since Jan. 30 is our first delivery, the things we're running for spring include cotton piqué, silk and cotton blends, silk twill, matte jerseys and textured crepes," said Maslin.
Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor are among the stores that will carry the collection. First-year projected wholesale volume is $4.5 million, he said.
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