TYLER'S NEW IDEAS: Although he's known for his pricy, well-tailored jackets that retail for well above $1,000, Richard Tyler and his wife and business partner, Lisa Trafficante, are planning to produce a lower-priced diffusion line. "We came away from Anne Klein realizing that there was a customer for Richard's designs at a lower price point," said Trafficante, referring to her husband's stint as designer of the Anne Klein line. She said the line would start to be produced "as soon as we find the right manufacturer." She noted that the company, Tyler Trafficante, is also "talking to people" about doing a fragrance.
GIRBAUD TO SHOW IN N.Y.: French sportswear designers MarithA & Francois Girbaud will present a runway show of their Spqrcity collection in the Josephine Pavilion at Bryant Park in New York at 3 p.m. on April 6. The show is part of Girbaud's move to increase its U.S. business. It will be the American debut of Spqrcity, which is a directional youth-oriented line that features materials and fabrics drawn from activewear. Spqrcity has been shown in Paris for four years. Girbaud is not showing in Paris this season "We consider ourselves an international company, and it was time to branch out," said a spokeswoman for the company in New York.
NEW FOR TWO: Wendy Chivian has been given the title of vice president of sales for Anne Klein II. Chivian, who has been national sales director, had been handling the responsibilities of the post, which has been empty for about a year. She will continue to report to Marilyn Kawakami, president of Anne Klein II and A Line, and will be responsible for the misses', petite and dress divisions of the sportswear company.
MOVES ON SA: Howard Epstein has been named vice president of sales at the Cynthia Steffe and Francess & Rita divisions of Cynthia Steffe. He takes over the duties formerly handled by Lawrence Lessne, who was president of sales. Lessne was named president of Bonaventure Textiles USA, succeeding Glen Palmer, who last year went over to Liz Claiborne Inc. as president of Collection. Epstein will be based at Steffe's New York office and will report to Richard Roberts, president of the company. Epstein had been president of Kenar Sportswear for 11 years. He will be responsible for all U.S. sales for both sportswear collections as well as for Steffe's new international sales division. At Bonaventure, Lessne will be responsible for supervising all aspects of its women's collections and spearheading the launch of Kenzo Studio, which includes sales, marketing and merchandising. Besides Kenzo Studio, Bonaventure's collections consist of Jessica Tierney and Laura and Jayne.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty