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.
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
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion