The Design Gallery debuts at WWDMAGIC with a dozen-plus vendors.
This WWDMAGIC installment marks the launch of the Design Gallery, a special addition created for the category that will be located in the heart of the contemporary section, featuring 12 lines selected by jury: Single, Sanctuary, Marithé & François Girbaud, Hype, For Joseph, Goa, H. Starlett, Plenty by Tracy Reese, Illia, Ruth, Ella Moss and Weston Wear.
Expect to see fall, holiday and spring trends that steer clear of mainstream hippie and bohemian looks, focusing instead on preppy themes and casualwear.
Here, a preview of the lines featured in the Design Gallery:
l Comfort is the prevailing theme at Los Angles–based Ella Moss, where designer Pamela Protzel concentrates on "a quirky Asian theme" this season, through subtle accents such as rounded hems, button detailing and wrap styles. Highlights include wide-legged "judo pants" with a thick waist tie and, for resort, a tropical, kimono-style wrap dress.
In a nod to urban trends, Protzel offers relaxed, military-inspired wear in an active group consisting of fleece tops and matching sweats.
"All garments are dyed, beaten up fabrics that are cozy and comfy," said Protzel, who uses cotton, fleece and handkerchief-dyed linen in navy, army green, tangerine and raspberry.
Floral prints are updated with pinstripes and pockets and on overdyed T-shirts, lacy Ts and camisoles. Wholesale prices start at $24 for tops, and bottoms range from $35 to $49.
l "Clever dressing is going to swing back, stressing individual style and creativity," noted Tracy Reese of New York–based Plenty by Tracy Reese.
Though ethnic items such as silk-printed harem pants have their place this spring, Reese is concentrating on looks that spin off of preppy themes, matching pants with classic polo Ts or athletic racer-back tanks.
As always, Plenty provides twists on classic denim, providing plenty of skirts and pants with embroidery, stripes and other embellishments. Tank tops and T-shirts are priced wholesale from $18 to $22; pants run between $55 to $75.
l At H. Starlet, a florally inspired femininity reigns supreme for fall, holiday and spring collections. After building a reputation for Swarovski crystal-adorned clothing, the Los Angeles brand is moving forward with tops sporting Italian-made flower cutouts.
Fall II’s "hippie love" group presents earthy orange, blue and yellow on fitted sweatpants and satin-trimmed knits. Holiday and cruise bring in brighter, satin pastel tones such as pink, lavender and mint green, according to rep Kim Castelo. Other girlie touches include ties, bows, lace and ribbon detailing.
Tops — like a sheer, bell-sleeved blouse with double-layered flower cutouts — wholesale from $28 to $68. Bottoms, some featuring floral prints, range from $44 to $64.
l Relaxation is key at North Hollywood–based Sanctuary Clothing, where according to marketing director Tammy Ames, "[We] will be previewing spring in a very relaxed, casual mode." Fabrics include surplus-washed twills, cords and poplins in a variety of sun-washed colors. Pockets, zips and multi-stitching detail complete the effect.
Top-selling wide-legged drawstring cargo pants — called "beachcombers" — reappear in new fabrications.
Wholesale prices for tops run between $29 to $39, bottoms from $36 to $59.
l The debut line of Los Angeles–based GOA (for "Good on American") presents directional pieces such as denim bell-bottoms that are classic blue denim on the front and camel colored on the back.
Other pairings include Victorian-flavored velvet looks and embroidery on short blazers with defined shoulders and high-fitted waistlines in rich gold, burgundy and taupe.
Holiday offers a "patchwork, tapestry flair" that, according to GOA president Gillian Julius, will "be a huge trend."
A selection of tapestry-patched vests, skirts, and bottoms are priced wholesale from $42 to $85. Jeans run wholesale between $52 and $62, jackets $72 to $82.
@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)