In Brief: Watch for Kangol … Eddie Bauer Taps Designer … Wet Seal Hires Adviser …
WATCH FOR KANGOL: Kangol is adding women’s and men’s watches to its growing assortment of accessories classifications. The firm, best known for its flat caps, entered agreements with Fossil Inc. and Bollman Hat Co. Fossil will...
WATCH FOR KANGOL: Kangol is adding women’s and men’s watches to its growing assortment of accessories classifications. The firm, best known for its flat caps, entered agreements with Fossil Inc. and Bollman Hat Co. Fossil will design and manufacture the 18-piece watch collection and Bollman will handle distribution. Wholesaling from $40 to $60, the watches feature elements such as kangaroo-embossed leather straps and striped or monogram printed dials. There are several shapes in stainless steel, including an oversized style and a traditional tank case. Kangol was founded as a headwear manufacturer in England in 1938, so as an ode to its history, the only digits on the watch face are the numbers three and eight. The signature piece is the 504, modeled after the brand’s iconic 504 flat caps. In stores now, the watches are available at the Kangol store on Columbus Avenue in New York City, as well as independent retailers such as Below the Belt in Brooklyn and Plaza Surf & Sport in Rocky Point, N.Y.
EDDIE BAUER TAPS DESIGNER: Eddie Bauer Inc. said Thursday it had named Stephen Cirona vice president of design. A former executive at Tommy Hilfiger, Cirona, 43, is currently president of his own design house. He will start Wednesday and report to Kathy Boyer, senior vice president and chief merchandising officer of the Redmond, Wash.-based company. Cirona replaces Jarlath Mellett, who left the firm last year, according to a spokeswoman.
WET SEAL HIRES ADVISER: Amid speculation over a possible bankruptcy filing, ailing specialty retailer Wet Seal said Thursday it has appointed Rothschild Inc. as its financial adviser. The Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based company appointed a special committee last month to secure the services of a financial adviser, after reporting an operating loss of $102.8 million or $3.20 a diluted share, for the quarter ended July 31.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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