MILAN —Rebecca Minkoff is aiming to get bigger in Europe.The American designer, who was in Milan on Tuesday to meet the students of Condé Nast’s Social Academy influencing market program, said she is inaugurating her first flagship in Milan next year.The boutique will follow the opening of a shop in Venice last September, the North American label’s first unit to debut in the European market.“We have been selling our products in Europe since a few years, but now we are getting really serous about this,” said the designer, who last year teamed with TODO, the Italian company manufacturing and distributing Rebecca Minkoff collections across the European countries.TODO is a join venture between Venice-based manufacturing firm Doro Group and Tomorrow London Ltd., the international sales platform operating four outstanding showrooms in London, Milan, Paris and New York.“I think that now we have to think about the global customer, but we can say that European shoppers tend to take more risks with materials then the Americas,” Minkoff said. “I really hope European customers will appreciate our products’ great quality, style and design and also the fact that you can buy the bag and still be able to buy your dinner.”[caption id="attachment_10898051" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Rebecca Minkoff Resort 2018[/caption]According to TODO, Rebecca Minkoff’s European division generated revenues of 10 million euros in 2017 and it expects to quadruple its business in five years.Along with the unit in Milan, the brand, which already operates four stores in the U.S., one in the Middle East and one in Malaysia, along with the aforementioned location in Venice, also plans to open a boutique in Paris.Last October, Rebecca Minkoff signed an eyewear licensing agreement with Safilo Group to design, manufacture and distribute a collection of sunglasses, which will launch in late 2018, and an optical collection that will be available in January 2019. This is the third licensing agreement for the brand, which also works with Movado on a line of watches and Incipio on a collection of mobile accessories.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)