TUNES ON THE SLOPES: Burton has made making music on the mountain one step easier. The Burlington, Vt.-based outerwear company’s latest launch is an "analog clone MD jacket," the first snowboarding jacket with a built-in sound...
TUNES ON THE SLOPES: Burton has made making music on the mountain one step easier. The Burlington, Vt.-based outerwear company’s latest launch is an "analog clone MD jacket," the first snowboarding jacket with a built-in sound system.
Burton teamed up with SOFTswitch, a company that integrates electronics with fabrics, to develop a jacket with a Sony mini-disc player and recorder. SOFTswitch technology enables fabrics to serve as interfaces for electronic devices or audio equipment. Instead of having to remove ski gloves to fiddle with controls, wearers can just adjust the key pad on the jacket sleeve to change songs or volume levels.
Greg Dacyshyn, vice president and director of soft goods, said, "For years, riders have struggled with making makeshift systems so they have easy access to their music while riding."
The MD player rests in the chest pocket and can be removed to machine wash the seam-sealed, waterproof jacket. This fall there will be only 100 units of the $1,000 item offered worldwide, with 30 to 35 being sold in the U.S.
COLUMBIA’S SECOND SKIN: Columbia Sportswear has signed a licensing deal with Excelled Leather Corp. to design a collection of leather coats for women, men and children.
A select number of stores will carry the men’s line for the holiday season and a major launch is set for women’s for fall 2003. The 20-piece women’s collection will be offered in department stores, sporting goods stores and outdoor specialty stores, a Columbia spokeswoman said. Retail prices will range from $170 to $500 for the rugged, outdoor styles and novelty items.
IN THE JUNGLE: David Goodman is taking his Buonumo line up a notch. This fall, the fur-trimmed cashmere collection offers more sable and chinchilla items, and focuses on animal-print cashmere. It will be sold at about 35 trunk shows, more than any other previous season. Given that, Goodman is planning for at least a 50 percent increase compared to last year’s sales of $1.5 million. A recent trunk show at an Omaha specialty store doubled sales versus last year, he said.
Goodman remains involved with his 80-year-old family business.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)