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.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)