Fashion week always brims with the possibility of discovering new names. Here are some fresh faces with varied histories that will present their fall wares next week.
Where and when: Based in Milan, the brand was launched in 2005 and will show Sunday at 5 p.m., at 58 Corso Italia.
Who: Since its inception, the person behind Normaluisa has remained a tightly guarded secret, which has added to the brand's appeal. What's known is that the person graduated with a degree in business from a university, took a styling class, holds a master's degree in marketing and now coordinates a design team. Apparently, though, fashion runs in this person's veins, as his family owned a textile company in the 18th century.
Why: Normaluisa's mission is to shun excess in favor of good taste with an edge, via sophisticated color combinations and details. Anything that is too experimental, ostentatious or impractical doesn't belong here. Sharon Stone and Charlotte Casiraghi have been spotted wearing Normaluisa clothes.
What: For fall, the collection focuses on colors, textures, geometries and trompe l'oeil effects that suggest rhythm. Aside from traditional fabrics, Normaluisa employs plastic and upholstery materials for simple and geometric styles in powder beige, pansy blue, river green and skyscraper gray.
How much: Wholesale prices range from $58 for a top to $161 for a dress to $584 for coats.
Where to buy: The line is carried by Giò Moretti in Milan, S. Carlo in Turin, Montaigne Market in Paris and Mercury in Mosca.
Where and when: A small women's collection bowed in 2006 but fall marks the line's first real presentation during Milan Fashion Week in their designers' new showroom at 6 Via Bergamo.
Who: Belgian designers Tom Notte and Bart Vandebosch launched the successful men's wear label Les Hommes in 2002, now available in 87 points of sales worldwide. Both designers graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and have worked together ever since. Vandebosch has always nurtured a passion for art, while Notte originally signed up to study economic sciences. He later defected to graphic and fashion design classes. Their work is the result of the union of their sensibilities and different visions.
Why: With the women's line, the duo wants to offer a contemporary creativity by combining contrasting elements that work once they're unified. Silhouettes are sculptured and sharp, but at the same time poetic and elegant and punctuated with sartorial details.
What: For fall, they draw from couture's heyday with a nod to Christian Dior and Cristóbal Balenciaga. The lineup includes balloon coats with double collars, asymmetrical necklines that transform into draped lapels, sumptuous skirts and dresses and men's wear fabrics. The palette includes all shades of gray, plunging into black, with accents of red and gold for printed silks.
How much: Jackets and coats wholesale for an average of $584; skirts range from $256 to $731.
Where to buy: The line is carried by Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong, Saks Fifth Avenue in Dubai, Tsum in Moscow, Verso in Antwerp and Tokyo's Restir.
I'm Isola Marras
When and where: Antonio Marras' secondary line will make its debut Feb. 18 during an art exhibition called Circolo Marras hosted by the designer at his showroom, 8 Via Cola di Rienzo.
Who: It's the young and contemporary vision of Antonio Marras, who also designs a namesake line and is Kenzo's creative director. Marras is known for his skill in melding contrasting fabrics, cutting soft shapes and liberally applying drapes, undertucks and ruffles.
Why: The name comes from Marras' native island, Sardinia, where he still has a design studio. Casual and affordable, the new line is licensed to Italian manufacturer Interfashion, owned by Stefanel Group. With the 190-piece lineup, Marras wants to reach a wider and younger crowd. "I'm Isola represents my 'B' side, the most joyous and playful part of myself," said Marras.
Interfashion is one of the top producers and distributors of high-end jeans and casualwear.
"We have experimented a lot with fabrics and furnishing. The result is a very strong collection based on Marras' design codes," said Interfashion chief executive Gino Trentin. Interfashion hopes to secure more than 800 points of sales worldwide in two years, with wholesale volume of 25 million euros, or $36 million, over the same period.What: For fall, Marras worked his signature mix-and-match vision by liberally melding denim, tartan, stripes, prints and red and white polkadots. Colors are a fresh mix of red, turquoise, orange and yellow combined with grey, black and white.
How much: Retail prices range from $218 for slim-fit jeans to $640 for a blouson jacket and $1,000 for a quilted coat.
Where and when: Steinunn Sigurd went solo in 2000, when the designer, who hails from Iceland, returned to her homeland to find her roots. Her collection will launch Feb. 23 at 2 Via Valenza as one of the designers promoted by White Club, a nonprofit organization that supports emerging talents.
Who: Sigurd has years of experience at Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Gucci and La Perla and is now backed by investors at Baugur Group. The 46-year-old Sigurd works with prints from artists, and her textures are inspired by nature. She uses fabrics from Scotland, Italy and England and mixes materials and textures, like fur strips and wool, mohair with glitter, or rayon knitted with ruffles. Sigurd continues to work out of Reykjavik and counts a store in the city. "This land is enormously beautiful, the textures in the country are mind-blowing," she said. The collection is made in Copenhagen, the Baltic countries, Italy and Hong Kong and is available at 16 stores around the world, including Takashimaya in New York.
How much: Wholesale prices range from $223 for a knitted dress to $590 for a woven one. Pants wholesale at about $247 and skirts at $386. The designer also is an art buff, teaches at art schools and collects Icelandic modern art works.
What: For fall, Sigurd draws inspiration from Iceland's volcanic land and contrasts and an old crochet technique. "The designs blend soft and feminine touches with more primitive aesthetics," she said. Accordingly, chiffon blouses are mixed with lavalike textures, and a mostly black and blue palette is enriched with orange. Shapes are long and lean. Kristian Aadvenik
@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)