Los Angeles-based designer Dina Bar-el is taking a second chance and relaunching her redesigned sportswear collection. Bar-el, who took a year off to deal with a personal illness, is taking her 11-year-old collection to a "younger designer" look with a contemporary attitude. "We're in the process of rebuilding our market," explained Bar-el. "We've added dresses and bodysuits to the line, creating more product, in effect." This season, she is focusing on stretch fabrications such as polyester satin with Lycra spandex and cool wool with Lycra spandex. The colors are mainly silver, brown and black, with details such as embroidered lace, silver buttons and zipper hardware. Wholesale prices average $79 for a pair of pants to $175 for a jacket. The line is shown in room 11S118B.
Independent sales representative Karen Castles-Gray thinks she knows what her customers want and has created a line, Chelsea Gray, as part of her efforts to satisfy their requests. "I've developed relationships with my customers over the past 15 years, and I try to find lines that work for them. I couldn't find the right cotton knitwear line, so we've created one." Her partner in the venture is Gail Steed. Together, they have created a sophisticated, relaxed group that focuses on strong color, stripe combinations and novelty patterns. Gray feels the line appeals to a broad range of customers that want a comfortable, practical, yet classic look. Wholesale prices range from $39 for easy pants to $84 for a jacket. Gray did the same thing two years ago when she introduced Caroline Kendrick, a line of feminine woven sportswear items, in response to buyers needs. Now, she is merchandising the two lines together with colors and silhouettes that intermix. Both are shown in room 11E113 in the mart.
The Gallery of Accessories is showing New York-based accessories designer Kaari Meng in its booth 1-2017 on the Plaza Level. Meng created the three-year-old line after years of collecting vintage jewelry. "I wanted to recreate the jewelry, but give it an updated appeal," she explained. The line of earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings all have a rich, aged feeling to them. She mostly works with vintage findings--glass, stones, bakelite, beads and crystal--that she mixes with oxidized copper, nickel and brass. "The oxidation fades over time and the more it is worn, the more the jewelry looks like it is truly antique," she said. Wholesale prices start at $12 for earrings and average $24 to $48 for necklaces.The showroom of Frank J. Brady & Sons has introduced an ecologically and politically correct line of sportswear called Earth Speaks. The Brooklyn-based company creates all its apparel through earth-friendly processes using natural fabrics such as cotton, hemp and silk. Buttons are all made from natural polished stones and nuts, and all hang tags and packing materials are made from recycled products that are biodegradable. What sells the line, though, are the simple, unstructured shapes, comfortable cuts and earthy colors. Flowing sundresses, relaxed pants and a great long duster are all part of the collection. "It's a great weekend look and perfect for customers with size issues and fit problems," points out Stuart Brady. The wholesale price range is from $39 for a vest to $99 for a duster. The Brady showroom is located in room 12E113.
The popular specialty store scarf company All that Glitters (ATG) is expanding its apparel division this year with dresses, pants, blouses and vests. The clothing is sold under the name Gail Garner for ATG Garner, who owns the San Francisco-based scarf company with her husband. She said that after dropping the chiffon skirts for which they became so known, they decided to move in a more environmentally friendly direction.They are using more natural fabrics, such as hemp, and more environmentally safe manufacturing processes. Their simple casual line averages between $17 and $55 wholesale. Currently, their dress in a bag (right) is their hottest seller. Offered in seven fabrications, the dress comes in a drawstring satchel in a matching fabric. The scarves and apparel are available through The Gallery of Accessories Plaza Level 1-2017.
The independent multiline sales representative firm of Yes Yes Yes Inc. has appointed Ina Phillip Jolis sales manager for the Southeast. She will oversee all company sales, continuing to travel the eastern portion of the territory. The showroom represents lines such as Joan Vass, Eileen Fisher, Garfield & Marks, Tabloid and Redford in the Southeast.It recently added the entire collection of Nicole Miller, including men's and women's accessories, to its roster.The showroom is located at 11 Baker St. in Atlanta.
@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