NEW YORK--It didn't take Carmine Porcelli long to find a new job. Porcelli, who resigned as director of licensing for Oscar de la Renta April 22, has resurfaced in the same post at Halston International, a unit of Tropic Tex International Apparel Group. TTI, as reported, acquired the Halston name this year for all products except fragrances and cosmetics. That license is held by French Fragrances. TTI plans to license the Halston name for women's dresses, suits, sportswear and accessories; men's wear, and home furnishings, said Porcelli. The Halston collection will be aimed at the upper moderate market, and Porcelli will direct design, marketing, advertising, labels and packaging for all the licensees. The first lines are expected to hit retail for spring 1997. "The company conducted extensive research, and found that the Halston name was well recognized by 18-to-60-year-olds, with the strongest recall among consumers 28 to 40," Porcelli said. "The name has been around a long time, and younger people have been exposed to it mainly because of the fragrance." The enterprise will be based at 1407 Broadway, where the company is taking the 41st floor. Marc Setton, chairman of TTI, which he founded 12 years ago with his brother, Jack, said wholesale volume for the Halston lines is expected to surpass $250 million in three to five years. "This is what Halston wanted, which was [to reach] all of America," Setton said. "This is prime time for designer names. There are a lot of designer names in the better end and higher, but nothing right now in moderate." Halston will be distributed through department and specialty stores, catalogs and TV. The company is discussing in-store shops with key retailers, although Setton said he is "not a retailer," and probably would not do freestanding stores. TTI posted sales of $350 million last year in its private label and branded apparel business, which includes the names Airport, Richard Simmons, Croquet Club and Kids Today. Setton said an initial public offering could also be in the works at some point.
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)