LAUREN LAUNCHING SLEEPWEAR: Ralph Lauren sleepwear will be back in stores for fall 2003. Jones Apparel Group has signed a sublicense with Carole Hochman Designs to produce and market a line of women’s sleepwear bearing the Lauren Ralph Lauren...
LAUREN LAUNCHING SLEEPWEAR: Ralph Lauren sleepwear will be back in stores for fall 2003. Jones Apparel Group has signed a sublicense with Carole Hochman Designs to produce and market a line of women’s sleepwear bearing the Lauren Ralph Lauren name. Distribution is aimed at department stores that carry the Lauren Ralph Lauren sportswear collection, produced and marketed under a licensing agreement between Jones and Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. A licensing pact with Sara Lee Corp. to manufacture innerwear bearing the Ralph Lauren name expired in 2001. The new collection of Lauren Ralph Lauren sleepwear will be launched at wholesale at the January 2003 innerwear market in New York at showrooms located at 135 Madison Avenue.
TRACY TRAVELS: Though they remained tight-lipped about rumors of a Liz Claiborne buyout, Ellen Tracy’s Herb Gallen and Linda Allard put on their party faces Wednesday night when they returned to Los Angeles for the first time in four years to sponsor a gala at the Park Plaza Hotel benefitting the Dream Foundation. Event chairs Cindy Crawford, Priscilla Presley and Joely Fisher wore Ellen Tracy, of course. The event marked the high point of a three-day California whirlwind that included a cocktail party and fashion show at Bloomingdale’s Century City store the day before, and at Saks Fifth Avenue’s Union Square branch in San Francisco on Thursday. "Tonight, I can just relax and have a drink," said Allard.
DOMINICAN MANEUVERING: Dominican Republic President Hipolito Mejia secured some congressional help Wednesday in his fight to get the Bush administration to include his country in free trade talks with five Central American countries, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Costa Rica. Mejia received the backing from a group of Democratic and Republican House lawmakers after a meeting called by Rep. Charles Rangel (D., N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee. However, administration officials remain opposed to including the Dominican Republic in a Central America FTA, arguing the country has been at odds with the U.S. on World Trade Organization issues. The Dominican Republic accounts for a 5 percent share of U.S. apparel imports. The five Central American countries, tapped by Bush to form a free trade zone with the U.S., represent 16 percent of the apparel imports.
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.