ADIDAS IN NORWAY: Adidas, the Herzogenaurach, Germany-based fitness company, will launch a major line of women's workout products in Oslo, Norway, on May 6. The line will stretch across all of the German...
ADIDAS IN NORWAY: Adidas, the Herzogenaurach, Germany-based fitness company, will launch a major line of women's workout products in Oslo, Norway, on May 6. The line will stretch across all of the German company's product categories of apparel and footwear, a spokesman said. The launch will take place at the annual Grete Waitz Women's Race in Oslo, which is expected to attract more than 50,000 runners this year. Adidas is the main sponsor for this event, which is the world's largest single sporting event for women.
COLE'S NEWT SUIT: Swimsuit designer Anne Cole is tapping into the conservative political trend, with a classic style lingerie maillot in "Republican" red that offers more leg coverage than her other designs. She calls it the "Newt suit," named after the Speaker of the House. "There is all this talk about conservative family values, so I figured I'd like to incorporate that in my line," said Cole, adding that the suits, which carry a wholesale price of about $32, will be in stores by November. Cole said she wasn't sure about marketing plans for the design, adding that it was premature.
BOXING VICTORIA: Everlast World's Boxing Headquarters Corp., which makes activewear for use in and out of the boxing ring, is involved in some legal sparring with Victoria's Secret Stores Inc. over the Everlast trademark. In papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court, Everlast charged Victoria's Secret with using the Everlast bow tie-like mark on the waistband of activewear sold at the company's stores and through its catalogs. "Purchasers have been and will be confused as to the true source" of the goods, Everlast said in its complaint. Everlast wants to bar Victoria's Secret from using the mark and is asking the court for unspecified actual damages and $10 million in punitive damages. Victoria's Secret referred queries to its parent company, The Limited, where a spokesman did not return phone calls.
THE FINALS BRANCHES OUT: The Finals, the competitive swimwear resource, is expanding into the contemporary market with a label called Ankhka. Ankhka, which means "everlasting life" in Egyptian hieroglyphics, will be in department and specialty stores by the end of November. It is expected to generate about $2 million in sales its first year, with plans to double that volume the following year, according to Christine Jampolsky, sales director. Ankhka will offer one- piece and two-piece suits in pearlized Lycra spandex and will emphasize coverage, highlighting boy-leg styles and high neck lines, Jampolsky said. "We want to be fashion-forward, not racy," said Jampolsky, noting that the line will have an evening wear feel, with an emphasis on velvet and satin. The collection is being designed by Melissa Lee Schwartz, who came from the bodywear firm Jacques Moret. Ankhka, wholesaling from $25 to $30, will be more expensive than The Finals line, which carries an average wholesale price of $20. The Finals is expected to generate sales of $7 million for the 1995 year, ending in June.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)