TIME OUT: Christian Lacroix has designed Swatch's Christmas Special 1994 watch, naming it "Xmas by Xian LaX." Lacroix becomes the first French couturier to design a Swatch watch, and the first fashion...
TIME OUT: Christian Lacroix has designed Swatch's Christmas Special 1994 watch, naming it "Xmas by Xian LaX." Lacroix becomes the first French couturier to design a Swatch watch, and the first fashion designer to create the traditional Christmas Special. Swatch will make 22,222 Lacroix watches and each will be numbered, bearing the designer's initials. The watch will retail in December for about $80 (100 Swiss francs), the same price as in previous seasons. Other designers who have created Swatch watches include Vivienne Westwood and Jean Charles de Castelbajac.
NOUVEL ESPACE: Et Vous, an upmarket French ready-to-wear label, opened two new flagship boutiques for its women's and men's lines on Paris' tony rue Royale, across the street from the Ralph Lauren store here. The neighboring stores have 10,000 square feet of selling space combined, with 3,300 square feet for storage and offices. The firm was founded in 1988 by two brothers, Sylvain and William Chelly. It is one of the few French commercial brands that enjoys a solid business in North America, with clients like Bloomingdale's, Barneys, and Macy's, and specialty stores like Holt Renfrew in Canada. The product marketed there is produced in Asia, based on the French designs, with slight changes for fit, shape, and sometimes color. Bernard Aidan, president of the Et Vous licensed company in New York, said wholesale volume is about $20 million. The French parent company, which also operates throughout Europe, Japan and Hong Kong, had 1993 consolidated sales of $37.7 million (200 million francs).
DOCTOR'S ORDERS: Dr. Martens is taking more control over its destiny. Parent company R. Griggs Group has dissolved a joint venture with Red or Dead, which designed the Dr. Martens clothing and accessories line. These will now be designed in-house at Griggs, which retained designers Conrad Leach and Keith Stephenson, who worked on the line since it was launched. Griggs is also trying to develop licensing deals for the apparel line for non-U.K. markets. In the U.S., AirWair USA, a joint-venture between Griggs and London Underground Ltd., now has the license for the brand. AirWair became the main distributor for Dr. Martens footwear in the U.S. earlier this year. These changes come as Griggs prepares to open an 8,000 square-foot Dr. Martens store in London next month.LIBERTY FOR ALL: Liberty, the British department store group, is rolling out private-label women's and men's wear to its 22 stores in the U.K. and plans to widen the collection in the future. Previously, a small private-label collection was available only at Liberty's branches outside London. The collection, sold under the Liberty label, includes jackets from $150 (95 pounds); knitwear from $55; and, shirts from $55, a spokeswoman said. The line uses Liberty's floral fabrics only where appropriate, she said, adding that the line is made in Europe and the Far East. She described the line as "classics with a twist," saying that it is priced above that of competitors Marks & Spencer, Oasis and Jigsaw.
@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