Italian designer Erika Cavallini is scaling up with her new Erika Cavallini Semi-Couture spring collection, launching during Milan Fashion Week.
Cavallini, who built a reputation as a design consultant for several Italian brands, went solo in 2009, launching ready-to-wear and accessories with the collaboration of her husband, Andrea Vincenzi, the firm’s chief executive officer.
Produced in the Emilia-Romagna region, between Bologna and Modena, the fashionable yet wearable Semi-Couture line features high-end fabrics and traditional tailoring.
During her first presentation, scheduled for Sept. 18, Cavallini will unveil the Riviera Cocktail collection, which she said “gives a new interpretation of preppy culture.”
She said she is inspired by the glamour and chic atmospheres of parties described by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jacqueline Kennedy’s timeless style and the ultrachic yet adventurous allure of Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief.” The designer juxtaposes luxury fabrics, featuring rich embroideries and summery prints, with feminine and fluid shapes for elongated, contemporary silhouettes. Retail prices range from 117 euros, or about $150 at current exchange, for a T-shirt and 760 euros ($977) for a cotton and linen coat.
Three themes run through the collection: the sailor-styled Marinière, mixing red and white stripes with denim; the more urban Promenade, which features daywear in an elegant palette of tobacco, pale blue and gray, and Color Block, playing with paneling and combinations of bold tones like electric blue and lime yellow, or cherry red with pink.
Highlights include embellished tops, washed and sequinnedcrepe de chine T-shirts, wide-leg fluid pants, cotton canvas tops with vintage-style prints and high-waist fitted pencil skirts.
Knitwear, dresses and men’s-inspired deconstructed jackets round out the offer, along with a limited-edition denim group of 150 one-of-a-kind vintage boyfriend jeans, embellished with jeweled buttons and striped grosgrain inserts.
Accessories include colorful messenger and shopping bags, khaki canvas totes trimmed with leather and allover hand-embroidered clutches featuring horn handles. Footwear consists of cork and cotton sandals, python and wood clogs decorated with studs and open-toe pumps.
Erika Cavallini Semi-Couture is carried at 180 stores in Italy — including Pupi Solari in Milan, Penelope in Brescia and Gerard Loft in Florence — and is available worldwide at Isetan in Tokyo, Victor and Ma Première Boutique in Paris, and Cielo in San Francisco, among others.
The company says international markets account for 35 percent of total business, with the lion’s share coming from Japan, France, Germany and German-speaking countries.
“We’re going to open our first store in Milan’s Golden Triangle luxe shopping district within a year and one in Paris right after that,” said Vincenzi, adding the company expects to register a 30 percent growth in international sales. “We are finalizing with Bergdorf Goodman in New York and [Le] Bon Marché in Paris.”
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)