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.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews