HE FOR SHE: Junya Watanabe’s year-old men’s wear line is being reinterpreted for women. "It’s a new collection, not just a size-down," Adrian Joffe, managing director of Comme des Garçons, said. "It’ll be based on the...
HE FOR SHE: Junya Watanabe’s year-old men’s wear line is being reinterpreted for women. "It’s a new collection, not just a size-down," Adrian Joffe, managing director of Comme des Garçons, said. "It’ll be based on the Junya Watanabe Man concept, but for women." The collection, still unnamed, will debut for spring 2003 retailing, initially in Japan only. Watanabe, a protégé of Rei Kawakubo, is best known for his avant-garde and whimsical women’s collection. By contrast, his men’s wear is more classic-with-a-twist, but it has quickly won a cult following. Watanabe’s first two men’s collections, in collaboration with Levi’s, were based on jeans and shirts printed with quirky sayings and poetry excerpts. His spring 2003 men’s collection, shown in Paris last June, was a mix of motocross and Hawaii.
FIRST SERVE: Steffi Graf may have left competitive tennis behind for good, but she is hoping that her new accessories venture will be an ace. The former tennis champion — the last woman to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in one year — launched a collection of handbags and travel goods with three groups, Basic, Modern and Travel. "The idea of designing my own collection came from the constant travel in my life," said Graf, who now lives in Las Vegas with her husband, Andre Agassi. "I’ve carried many different bags, but most couldn’t bring together all the things I expect." The collection will hit retail in October. It’s made by German leather-goods firm Goldpfeil and priced from about $37 to $537.
“I see things on the hanger and I’m, like, ‘I never knew that color worked on me.’ It’s things you necessarily wouldn’t choose to wear, but once you put them on, you see why Janie is who Janie is." — Lily Collins on working with former "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant on creating looks for her role as Celia Brady's in Amazon series, "The Last Tycoon." 📸@jilliansollazzo #wwdeye
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Rutson has been tapped to Build New American Fashion Group. The parent of Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott hired the merchant to rev up its brands and expand its portfolio into designer, beauty and lifestyle categories. Read more on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion
Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)