L.A.'S BIG BLU: Denim is big business in California, and the Los Angeles Mart is going after it in a big way. The Mart is launching its own denim trade show, called Big Blu, on Oct. 10-13. The show, which...
L.A.'S BIG BLU: Denim is big business in California, and the Los Angeles Mart is going after it in a big way. The Mart is launching its own denim trade show, called Big Blu, on Oct. 10-13. The show, which will be held in the downtown Mart, will run simultaneously with the Mart's junior and contemporary market week, and ISAM, the International Swimwear and Activewear Market. It will be showing women's and men's goods. "We've been thinking about doing this kind of show for a while, because it's a natural area to expand in," said show producer Jean Lonnquist. "Jeanswear as a lifestyle is very West Coast, and we have a strong manufacturing base here. It's also a very complementary show for the junior and contemporary markets." Asked whether the event was going up against the International Jeanswear and Sportswear show, which will be holding its third edition later in October in Miami, Lonnquist replied, "We feel strongly that Los Angeles has its own strong sense of fashion, with all the manufacturers, buyers and showrooms here. It's a natural selling point. In some of our ads, we use the tag line, 'The place where denim is made, not just shown.' " Some of the big denim manufacturers based in Los Angeles include Guess, Z. Cavaricci, Steel Jeans and Yes Clothing Co. Lonnquist said that while many manufacturers already have showrooms in the Mart, those that do not will be on the 13th floor in glass-front temporary showrooms. "It's not a booth environment," she said. "We think of this as a real working trade show, where people will write business." Lonnquist said she couldn't predict attendance, but said the October market is usually one of the busiest, and added, "We do expect those numbers to go up with this new show." While Lonnquist declined to name any manufacturers that have committed to the show, Z. Cavaricci did confirm that it has dropped out of the Miami show, and will be at Big Blu.
GLORY DAYS: Faded Glory, the New York-based denim line, has branched out to home furnishings. It has signed a licensing agreement with Fieldcrest Cannon, a bedding manufacturer also in New York, to produce a line of sheets, towels, comforters, blankets and bed and bath accessories under the Faded Glory name. The line will hit moderate and better department stores next spring. Martin Richter, president of Faded Glory, said the line will be designed by Fieldcrest's merchandising group in conjunction with the Faded Glory team, which is headed by Barry Zelman, vice president of merchandising. "The style is going to mirror the Faded Glory product, which is very much Americana," said Richter. He added that he doesn't yet have wholesale prices for goods or a projection for first-year business. In another project, Faded Glory is in talks with the fashion shopping channel On Q to produce a line of denim sportswear for men, women and children that would debut this fall.MUSIC TO THEIR EARS: The teen magazine Sassy has combined with the music company Epic/Sony 550 and the mass-market teen denim line X-Am for a jeans promotion. In the August issue, which hit the stands Monday, X-Am, Epic and Sassy each took a full-page ad to explain the giveaway: Each customer who purchases a pair of X-Am jeans at participating Hills stores will receive a music sampler cassette of current pop and rock music. Some of the artists featured in the mix include Celine Dion, Indigo Girls, October Project, Prong and Velvet Crush. At the same time, Sassy will be displayed and sold in the jeans department--a first for the magazine. The promotion is scheduled to start at the beginning of next month.
@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)