NEW YORK--Easel, a manufacturer of contemporary knitwear launched last February, has gotten off to such a good start for KSK International, producer of the line, that the company is already expanding. For spring '95, Easel has introduced Cloth by Easel, a group of cotton woven styles to go with the sweaters. Cloth by Easel made its debut with five styles in 11 colors. The group consists of T-shirts, tanks and a polo. Wholesale prices range from $13 for a tank T-shirt to $16.50 for the polo shirt. "It's terrific because people are buying them to wear under the sweaters and the colors match perfectly," said Linda Trau, head merchandiser for the Easel lines and Beau Tricot, a bridge knitwear line. "Buyers don't have to find these styles from another vendor and worry about getting the colors right. We will do more for next fall. It will evolve as we go along." Easel's Spring consists of three groups. One is lingerie inspired with a lot of shine and femininity in frosted pastel rayon-plated cotton. Styles include a short-sleeve crewneck pullover for $39 wholesale, a sleeveless short dress with a rayon ribbon tie for $44 and a long-sleeve V-neck cropped cardigan for $59. The second group is seven-gauge cotton in washed brights. Colors include raspberry, tangerine and lemon. A scoopneck pullover wholesales for $49 and a crochet bra top is $39. The third group is in cut tape-ribbon yarn, pigtail and a nubby textured yarn. Colors are army green, black, natural and bleached white. A pigtail yarn cardigan is $54, a handknit cable cropped cardigan is $68, a tie-front tank is $29 and a zipper-front halter top is $42. The first Easel knitwear was shipped Aug. 30 and did about $1.5 million for fall, according to Kenneth Weiss, owner of KSK. Weiss projects a first-year wholesale volume of $5 million for Easel. The line was sold to 350 accounts for fall, including Barneys New York, Henri Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom and Fred Segal. For fall, Easel showed 25 styles in six colors, with mohair a strong seller, said Trau. Fall wholesale prices average in the mid-$40 range. Easel's goal is to take knitwear trends from European designers and adapt them in new yarns at a contemporary price point, said Weiss. Bergdorf Goodman had an average sell-through on all styles of 56 percent in the first three weeks, said Easel sales director Kerri Miller. Bergdorf declined comment on these figures. The most popular styles were novelty vests. One with mixed yarns and satin buttons had a 60 percent sell-through; a mohair and chenille cropped vest with a black velvet ribbon tie had a 70 percent sell-through and a baby mohair wide-ribbed pullover vest had a 65 percent sell-through, said Easel's Miller. For holiday, Bergdorf had an average 55 percent sell-through after one week, according to Miller. Bestsellers were an angora T-shirt and cropped cardigan in brights, she said. Barneys' average sell-through was 50 percent after four weeks on the floor. The most popular styles were the baby mohair vest and handknit mohair tunics, according to Miller.
@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)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia