NEW YORK — Despite a challenging climate, some new names are looking to break into the scene this fall.
Trendy footwear firm Skechers USA is entering legwear through a licensing partnership with Renfro Corp. Skechers legwear, which will hit stores in November, is slated to include sport and casual styles, as well as hosiery, for men and women.
The licensing deal is the first for Skechers, which has found success by offering fashion-forward sneaker and footwear styles that don’t break the bank. The company is targeting department, specialty and sporting goods stores.
Mootsies Tootsies, the moderate footwear brand, has started offering women’s legwear in a licensing pact with hosiery firm Williams Management. The company’s products carry wholesale prices of $2 to $4 and include styles such as trouser socks, dress styles and knee-highs. First-year sales projections for the line are between $1.5 million and $2 million.
Lucky Brand Dungarees, a division of Liz Claiborne Inc., will launch a 15-piece legwear line targeting the junior market in a licensing deal with American Essentials. Key features include Lucky’s four-leaf clover logo, as well as stripes and argyles done in fashion and athletic socks, footlets and knee-highs, wholesaling for $8 to $12.
American Essentials is also producing the new Lulu Guinness legwear collection slated to launch for holiday. Its socks feature whimsical motifs such as a cameo adorned with little faux pearls as earrings and puppy dogs with studded collars. The collection will retail between $20 and $30.
@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