LYNNE LARSON For most designers, an eponymous collection is a goal from the start. Not Lynne Larson. "I didn't think I was ever going to do that," the Parsons grad says of her women's wear line that launched for spring 2005. While childhood sewing lessons set her on the design course at an early age, Larson, a 15-year veteran of New York's Garment District, was content to remain under the radar. During the late Nineties, she honed her draping and fitting skills with Daryl Kerrigan at Daryl K. She later worked with Susan Dell, and in 2001 moved on to Katayone Adeli. After watching all three labels fold, Larson exited the industry with no plans to return.
Six months later, she had a change of heart. "I wasn't thinking about going back to work, but suddenly I was missing it," says Larson, 37. "I realized that I know this market really well and it's very competitive, but I felt like I had the experience to deal with it." Armed with a renewed interest in the creative process as well as the lessons of her former employers' mistakes, the designer found a small space along 35th Street and went to work, focusing on contemporary sportswear. Within two years, she pulled together her collection — simple basics with special details such as leather appliques. There are layered cotton T-shirts, chunky cashmere sweaters and a group of Russian princess-inspired cashmere coats. Fred Segal snapped up much of her spring 2005 collection, and fall is about to hit the racks in eight boutiques, including Atrium in New York and Sage in Los Angeles. Wholesale prices start at $62 for long-sleeved tissue-weight cotton T-shirts and top out around $340 for a leather car coat.
Larson points out that her focus will always remain on the fine points — a trait she attributes to Adeli. "Working for Katayone, everything was about detail," she says. "She used a lot of vintage pieces as inspiration, and I had never done that before." Larson's tropical-weight wool pants, for example, reference the Edwardian age with a diagonal button fly and crisscrossed grosgrain ribbon waistband. "I've done a lot of pants," Larson adds. "It's the easiest, coming from Daryl and Katayone." — Jessica Iredale GABA ESQUIVEL A year after Gaba Esquivel split with her design partner, Thomas Vasseur, she was taking some time off, vacationing in Brazil. But when she got a job offer there, she returned home to Buenos Aires to pick up her three beloved dogs. It's then that she discovered her name on the calendar to show during the city's fashion week, scheduled less than four weeks away. Esquivel, 32, took the error in stride. "I just thought, ‘Okay, how can I do a collection in 24 days?'" recalls Esquivel, a raspy-voiced, energetic wisp of a woman with enormous coffee-colored eyes. "So I just thought about my childhood in the country and the tradition of horses in Argentina, the gauchos."
The result is a small, beautifully made collection that combines Esquivel's tomboyish style with the sexy spirit that characterized her former collaboration with Vasseur. The influence of Argentina's famed pampa shows is evident in pieces such as the cropped trench that she likens to the jacket worn by the the country's cowboys. Foil prints of fish and crocodiles on tops and dresses recall Esquivel's hometown of Corrientes, an Argentinean city on the banks of the Parana River. All the pieces are produced in Buenos Aires by a group of sewers whose talent Esquivel claims is worthy of Parisian ateliers, such as Balmain and Chanel where she once worked under Gilles Dufour. Of course, great quality doesn't come cheap. Esquivel's new collection is set to wholesale from $200 to $900.
On a visit to New York in May, she met with Barneys New York and Jeffrey — stores that once carried Vasseur-Esquivel. Though it was too late in the season to place orders, reactions were favorable. "I'm looking forward to seeing more from her," says Julie Gilhart, Barneys New York vice president and fashion director. "She had some good pieces and Vasseur-Esquivel was really promising." Esquivel's official reentry into the fashion world will take place in September, when she plans to show during New York Fashion Week — an event that, this time, won't come as a surprise to her. — Meenal Mistry
TALIE NK Even though Brazilian Natalie Klein was a little nervous before her trip to New York a few weeks ago, she couldn't be happier she made the journey. True, she had been here before, but this time, she was toting her line, Talie NK, with her, hoping to crack the city's retail scene."It's a very tough market," says the former architect student, "because everyone wants to get into the U.S." No problem, though. While here, the line was picked up at Jirisuda, the cool little shop down on Elizabeth Street. This fall, Talie NK will also be in Miami Beach's Oscar, Apropos in Newport Beach, R.I., and Rouge in Princeton, N.J.
Klein, 29, started the line six years ago in her hometown of Sao Paolo and launched it at NK Store, the boutique she had opened two years earlier. "I opened the store to buy everything I like," she says. "I wanted to put everything in one place." Her line now hangs alongside her other favorites, including Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and Luella Bartley.
Coming to America, Klein realized she had to expand the scope of the line. "In Brazil, we don't have heavy winters so we don't use heavy fabrics," she says. That meant introducing wools and fur into the collection to help combat chilly North American winters. Still, one South American signature will remain a large part of the collection. "Brazilians know how to mix colors really well," she says, especially walking that precarious line between bright and blinding — Klein tames her hot pinks and punchy teals by pairing them with earthy hues and black. The designer also plays with silhouettes, teaming a swingy jersey top with trim tweed pants or a girlish polkadot blouse with palazzos. Talie NK's wholesale prices range from $33 for a basic cotton T to $888 for a fox-fur blazer. — Nandini D'Souza
My character, Dinah Madani, is just the coolest, [most] badass woman imaginable," says @amberroserevah. The actress stars in @marvel's newest series on @netflix, @thepunisher. To prepare for her role, Revah sat down with Homeland agents to get a real sense of with Dinah's day-to-day life is really like. Read our full interview on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
A scene from the 91st annual @macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, which boasts 50 million TV viewers and 3.5 million on-site spectators, is considered one of the largest and most watched parades in the world. (📷: Jason Szenes/EPA-REX)
The circus came to @bloomingdales 59th Street on Tuesday night and lit up Lexington Avenue with acrobatic dancers, death-defying knife throwing, sword swallowing and aerial acts with no net. The 45 minutes of theatrics built up to unveiling the holiday windows depicting @swarovski crystal-encrusted circus pieces and scenes from “The Greatest Showman” – songs from the soundtrack included. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Joshua Scott)
The psychedelic fashion that pervaded the ’60s is back with an exhibit at the @museumofcityny. “Mode New York: Fashion Takes a Trip” chronicles the changing styles from 1960 through 1973 and features designers such as @ysl, @oscardelarenta and more. The exhibition, which is on display through April 1, is organized into four periods: First Lady Fasion, Youthquake, New Bohemia and New Nonchalance. Pictured here is model Pat Bardonella during the Garvey Day Parade in 1968. (📷: @kwamebphoto) #wwdeye #wwdfashion
“People should be a lot more honest in expressing both the dark and light of themselves. We need to give each other the space to do that because it’s the only way we can grow and evolve,” says @noelwells of her new film “Mr. Roosevelt,” which is largely based on her own struggles. Unexpectedly leaving @nbcsnl in 2014 after just one season, Wells felt set back in her self-esteem and career trajectory. She quickly refocused her energy to more personal projects, which led to the completion of “Mr. Roosevelt.” Read the rest of WWD’s interview with the “Master of None” actress on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
@barbrastreisand is giving fans a chance to see her perform up close in a new concert series, which makes its debut on @Netflix today. From behind-the-scenes takes to her concert performance in Miami last December, the two-hour streaming special captures Streisand in her element. Pictured here is the singer/actress photographed for WWD in 1963. (📷: Palmieri Tony) #wwdeye #wwdarchive
@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)