Life was a beach at the New York trade shows — at least design-wise, as swimwear was a focal point for a growing number of brands. In sportswear, trends included nautical themes and earthy prints, like ikat and Baja, while sporty European tailoring added refinement to a number of collections. RELATED STORY: Merchants Upbeat About Fall Prospects >>
3x1 Denim denizen Scott Morrison’s latest brand homes in on the luxury end of the jean business. The collection uses the highest-quality selvage denim — many fabrics are exclusive to 3x1 — constructed on single-needle sewing machines using hand-painted enamel buttons and custom-made zippers. Meticulously worn-in jackets and lightweight denim shirts are also offered. And for those looking for something other than denim, the brand has twills, chambrays and corduroys. Spring also marks the entry into selvage chinos. Prices range from $265 to $425. Craft Atlantic This contemporary sportswear collection, designed by Victorinox veteran Pierre-Henri Mattout, is targeted to the traveling man. The spring offering has a nautical feel and includes travel-friendly pieces such as summer parkas, deck jackets and a quilted take on a bright yellow life vest. Fabrics include high-end nylon and cotton, and there’s liberal use of colorblocking and graphics. A standout of the collection are the printed polos using images from photographer Karine Laval. Prices range from $160 for the polos to $560 for the parka. Ben Minkoff With Uri Minkoff, brother of Rebecca and chief executive officer of the firm, now designing the men’s accessories, the collection has taken a new turn. In prior seasons, the line focused primarily on Americana and heritage pieces, but the offering has been updated to concentrate more on the urban man. New silhouettes such as the “man-velope,” are slim and sleek with clean lines and minimal hardware. Streamlined backpacks, computer cases and weekenders are designed to fit a variety of devices in a nonbulky way. The line’s signature detail is contrasting zipper tape in yellow and navy.
K-Way Founded in Paris in 1965, K-Way has become famous for waterproof jackets that fold into a small hip pouch. For spring, the brand has branched out beyond its classic collection — available in 12 colors for men and 15 for women in full- and half-zip varieties — into a variety of patterns. There are camo or jungle prints, ombrés and heathers, as well as an assortment of reversible models with a solid on one side and a print on the other. For spring, the company has also teamed with Versus Versace to offer a reversible rain jacket with an eye-catching black-and-white print on one side and solid black on the reverse. The print is also offered on an iPad case. The Versus product will only be sold in Versace and K-Way stores. Rodd & Gunn The New Zealand brand, which got its start in 1946, focuses on traditional men’s wear staples targeted to the outdoor enthusiast. In fact, its logo is an English pointer hunting dog. The brand recently entered the U.S. market and has taken a few cues from American retailers by injecting some color into its offering for spring. The line continues to be classic, however, with Liberty prints from England on the sport shirts and floral prints in masculine colors. Casual linen dress shirts and shorts shown with softly tailored blazers were a hallmark of the spring collection.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews