BEYOND HATS: Milliner Kokin is taking a crack at the ready-to-wear business with his first collection of apparel. The 56-piece line, which bears his name, made its debut at the recent 7th on Sixth fall...
BEYOND HATS: Milliner Kokin is taking a crack at the ready-to-wear business with his first collection of apparel. The 56-piece line, which bears his name, made its debut at the recent 7th on Sixth fall collection shows in New York. Prices are set at the designer level; shirts, for instance, wholesale for about $200, while blazers go for about $450. Though he hasn't determined a first-year wholesale volume projection, Kokin said he expects the rtw to develop into a major part of his business. He is producing the line in-house at his firm on 20 West 36th St. in New York. "The ready-to-wear business just represents more opportunities for me right now," he said. "I've been making designer hats for 12 years and I've pretty well saturated that market, so I thought the clothing would be a logical next step." Unlike many other U.S. designers showing at Fashion Week, Kokin--not surprisingly-- chose to adorn his outfits with plenty of accessories, his own and those of fashion jewelers James Arpad and Jose Berrera. In fact, he put on a millinery runway show at the Plaza Hotel during the May accessories market last year. "That was my way of testing the waters in terms of presenting a show to buyers and press," he noted.
NEW PREZ AT TORRES: Fine jewelry firm Omar Torres has appointed Julia Anne Farrell to the new post of president. Farrell was president and chief executive officer of Guerlain Inc. from 1990 to the beginning of 1994, and then was an independent marketing consultant for a variety of firms. The company, based in New York, has been in business for 1 1/2 years and distributes to fine jewelry and specialty store retailers. Farrell reports to the designer and company head Omar Torres.
WINSTON FETES GALATEE: The jewelry house of Harry Winston unveiled its $1 million Galatee watch at a cocktail party at its Fifth Avenue salon in New York last Wednesday evening. Conceived by Ronald Winston, the firm's president and the founder's son, the one-of-a-kind watch has traveled to Europe and will make stops on the West Coast and in Tokyo before being sold. Also on display was the firm's regular watch collection, which retails from $7,400 to $160,000. In addition to Harry Winston clients and executives, the event drew a surprise guest--boxing promoter Don King. King, who was sporting his own platinum and 436-diamond Harry Winston watch, quipped that the Galatee would be a perfect reward for Mike Tyson for winning his next bout.OMEGA BUCKLES UP AIGNER: Belt firm Omega Fashions has entered into a licensing agreement with Etienne Aigner to produce a signature collection of belts. The line will be launched for the upcoming May accessories market. It will wholesale from $7 to $25 and be directed to better specialty and department stores. There will be traditional, classic, luxury and sport styles, to fit various lifestyles and price points. Natural and textured leathers and fabrics will be used, and some groups will feature the brand's signature equestrian hardware. The line will be sold at the Omega showroom in New York at 404 Fifth Ave.
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye