SUMMER SCHOOL: Ready-to-wear designers are continuing their march on the couture. Loulou de la Falaise, who just launched a signature collection and Paris boutique last month, is readying her next collection for July 7-10, when buyers and press will be in town for winter couture. A spokesman said a full runway show is not planned, but looks will be presented on models. De la Falaise will join such couture-crashers as Yohji Yamamoto, Azzedine Alaïa and Rick Owens who, as reported, is expected to present his debut collection for fur house Revillon in July.
PHAT CASH: Hip-hop king and Phat Farm founder Russell Simmons is consistently looking into new business endeavors, but this time he’s looking to help the financially challenged. In a partnership with Visa, Simmons is offering a Visa debit card to anyone who cannot open a bank account. "There are more than 70 million Americans who do not have bank accounts for one reason or another," he said on Wednesday during his opening night address at Fairchild’s second annual Teens & Tweens Summit in Los Angeles. "This card allows these people to buy their kids books and other important things and it’s not attached to a bank account. They are only allowed to spend what they have. It helps these people out and is going to make me a lot of money."
Meanwhile, model Tyra Banks showed up at the Summit on Wednesday with her mother, Carolyn London, to support Simmons, a long-time friend. But as it turns out, that wasn’t the only reason she dropped by. Although she said she is just in the beginning stages, Banks is doing some research in hopes of launching her own line of clothing. "I’m known for cheap chic, so that’s what I hope to do. Sort of a Mary-Kate and Ashley idea, but more my style." London is working as chief operating officer of Banks’ company, Bankable Inc.
DOGGIE GLOSSY: There’s a new fashion accessory in town and it’s one up from a dog, it’s a magazine about dogs, for dog lovers. Confused? Dogs Quarterly, otherwise known as DQ, has been dubbed the canine version of Vogue, and is due to launch at the end of this month. Published by All Fours Ltd., the first issue features "one of the most fashionable six-legged couples," Jodie Kidd and her Jack Russell, Inca, a feature on Crufts 100th anniversary, "hound about town" — fashionable dogwear, and a regular column by Mutt, (the editors’ dog and inspiration for DQ). "DQ will do for dogs what Tyler Brulé did for wallpaper," said Toby Rose, editor of the quarterly magazine. "The four-legged family member has become a fixture on fashion shoots, billboards and the big screen. Until now, they’ve never been credited and have always been sidelined, I wanted to put them in the middle of it all for a change and make them the focus."
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews