NEW YORK--Exhibitors have been keeping busy at the New York Premier Collections, with buyers hunting for shaped jackets, new textured knits, color and various hemline options. With many retailers bemoaning lackluster sales this past year, buyers said that they were looking for novelty items or anything else that would give their customer a reason to buy. Some retailers were just testing the waters, hoping to get some ideas for fall merchandising. The three-day show, which closes today at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and features 400 exhibitors, is offering a wide range of looks, from funky club clothes such as shiny Lycra spandex blend T-shirts by London-based Red or Dead, to the traditional textured alpaca sweaters of Kim & Kelly. Waterproof stretch jackets and short coats are another idea getting attention and being shown by such vendors as Ev & Al and Paris-based Samy Chalon. This fourth edition of the show marks the last time it will be run under Blenheim Group USA, the U.S. division of London-based Blenheim Group PLC, a worldwide producer of trade shows. As reported, two Blenheim executives, Marshall Lester and Paul O'Reilly, have acquired the Premier Collections show, as well as the International Jeanswear & Sportswear trade show, from Blenheim and formed the International Fashion Shows to continue producing them. Lester reported that attendance was up 20 percent on the first day, compared with the first day of the last Premier show, and he expected Monday figures to show an increase of about 15 percent. Retailers also were leaving paper, many vendors agreed, adding that they expected to see gains of up to 25 percent over last season. Although buyers had varied ideas about what would draw the customers in, many were counting on shape and color to turn their businesses around. "The fashion atmosphere is still a little safe, but I am counting on the shaped jackets and new colors like olives and earth tones to really boost business," said Terri Deutsch, buyer at Joe Brand, a women's and men's clothing store based in Laredo, Tex., adding that her business, which is located right near the border of Mexico, has been hurt by the peso devaluation. "My business has been pretty soft. The trends over the past 18 months have been pretty boring, but I believe that shape and all that new color in the marketplace will add a little more excitement," said Judy Prizante of Karen, Of Course, a women's clothing boutique in Louisville, Ky., who was looking for fall merchandise as well as immediate buying for the Kentucky Derby season. Some of her picks included suits from the yellow and black group from Mondi, buttercup color suits from Kathyrn Dianos and angora sweaters from Victoria Watson Ltd. "Romantic, sexy looks, lots of draped skirts" were high on the shopping list of Cheryl Panes, owner of Cheryl & Dave's, a funky clothing store in Livingston, N.J. She was examining the draped skirts and jackets with velvet collars at Lilith, one of the vendors in the show's Atmosphere group, comprising 17 European cutting-edge firms brought together by the Atmosphere trade show in Paris. Joanne Roaman, owner of JSR Buying, a buying office here servicing about 25 specialty store clients like Bloomers, Hilton Head, S.C., was drawn to "newness in fabric and retro Forties looks." She liked the New Length as well as 19-to-21-inch skirts and also cited as winners the shaped jackets from Frances & Rita. Roaman was shopping the show's sizable contingent of about 150 young designer firms, a 35 percent increase over the last edition. As buyers are going out less to the market, many young designer firms are turning more to trade shows to boost business, said Lester. Another expanded category was the Canadian Mode, which featured about 36 firms, a 30 percent increase over the last show. Many of them were counting on the favorable exchange rate to crack into the American market. In all, international exhibitors accounted for about 20 percent of the show. Among the newcomers to the show's exhibitor roster were Nicole Miller, which reported such bestsellers as black and ivory crepe dresses with satin basketweave trim at $200 wholesale, and contemporary firm Misc., which was touting its new young designer line, Janet Howard, which is more structured than the Misc. line. Bestsellers at Howard were $220 pinstripe jackets with glass buttons and $135 white stretched cotton fitted shirts with French cuffs, according to the designer Howard.
@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)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)