RALPH HITS BIG: A three-day trunk show of Ralph Lauren's spring Collection at the company's flagship store on Madison Avenue in New York produced $700,000 in three days, Jan 24-26, an 11 percent increase over last year's trunk show. According to a spokeswoman, bestsellers included a cashmere twinset for $765; a black wool jacket with pink piping, $995, and a pink sequin polo shirt, $1,735.
ORBIT LANDS DANFORD: Dan Danford has been named president and chief executive officer at Orbit Industries Inc., a moderate-price casual sportswear company. He succeeds Robert L. Fowler, who will continue as chairman and be a consultant to the senior management group. For six years, Danford was president of the kids, footwear and accessories divisions of Esprit de Corp., San Francisco. Prior to that, he spent 16 years at Oxford Industries Inc., where he was president of Oxford Shirting, the Holbrook Group and Polo Boys divisions. Orbit markets its products under the labels Season Ticket, Orbit Sport, Jigsaw and Orbit Naturals.
AAMA FLOOD RELIEF: The Apparel Foundation, the charitable arm of the American Apparel Manufacturers Association, is asking its members to send surplus clothing and supplies to aid people devastated by the recent California floods. The foundation is working with the non-profit Adventist Development Relief Agency in the effort. Since the foundation began, in 1988, AAMA members have donated more than $74 million worth of apparel to the needy and homeless in the U.S. and to disaster relief victims around the world.
A FIRST FOR KAREN KANE: Karen Kane, a better-price sportswear firm, is opening its first freestanding store in Beverly Hills on March 15. The two-story, 2,600-square-foot store at 313 North Beverly Drive will house all three of Kane's divisions: Lifestyle, Sportswear and Easywear. The store is expected to generate about $1 million in its first year. The designer plans two more units, but sites have not been selected. lMOVES AT RIALTO: Rialto Inc., a Los Angeles-based women's sportswear company, has launched a new division and opened a new showroom. TRU Supply, a casual contemporary line was introduced for spring 1995. Rialto's new showroom is at 214 West 39th St., New York, and will house TRU Supply and the company's other line, The Rialto Collection by Joy Perreras, a contemporary career sportswear collection previously shown in the Ran Studio showroom in New York. Linda Gold has been named East Coast sales director for both lines. She was president of Oleg Cassini blouses and separates and Havana contemporary shirts--two divisions at Hero Industries. The Rialto Collection and TRU Supply also have a corporate showroom in Los Angeles.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)