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.
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye