CLAIBORNE'S NEW DEALS: Liz Claiborne Inc. signed an agreement with Kellwood's Halmode division to license J.H. Collectibles dresses and Emma James women's dresses and suits collections. Under the agreement, Kellwood's Halmode division will be responsible for the design, manufacturing and marketing of the moderate dress and suit lines. Both lines will be available for spring 2006 retailing. "The J.H. Collectibles dress collection will deliver soft, relaxed designs in trend-right colors, patterns and textures with an artistic feel," said Stephen L. Ruzow, president of Kellwood's Womenswear Division. "The Emma James dresses and suits collection will offer this customer a feminine look that can take her from desk to destination." The Liz Claiborne dresses and suits collection has been licensed to Kellwood's Halmode division since 2003.
ICONIX'S 2Q: Iconix Brand Group Inc. on Thursday posted second-quarter results that reflect its new focus as a brand management company. For the three months ended June 30, net income was $2.5 million, or 8 cents a diluted share, versus $518,000, or 2 cents, in the same year-ago quarter. Revenues from licensing and commissions jumped 62.4 percent to $4.3 million from $2.6 million. In the year-ago period, the company reported sales of $26 million, which reflect the firm's operations before its transition to a new business model. For the six months, net income was $3.3 million, or 11 cents a diluted share, compared with $551,000, or 2 cents, in the same year-ago period. Licensing and commissions revenue climbed 70 percent to $8.6 million from $5.1 million.
BIG IN JAPAN: Iceberg is opening a shop-in-shop at the Isetan department store in Shinjuku, Tokyo, on Saturday. The 538-square-foot store is the result of a deal between Isetan and Iceberg parent Gilmar Group, which is expected to result in the opening of five such Iceberg stores in Japan during the next three years. The Shinjuru shop-in-shop will offer women's clothing and accessories. Iceberg operates boutiques in Milan, Rome, Los Angeles, Paris, Amsterdam and Moscow. There are plans for more stores in Kuwait City, Seoul and Jakarta in the near future.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)