When The Mezzanine section launched at the February installment of the Fashion Coterie earlier this year, it served as a destination for avant-garde brands that weren't accustomed to making the rounds of the trade show circuit.
Based on its success last season, The Mezzanine is back and situated on Piers 90 and 92, with about 35 collections including Imitation of Christ, Habitual, Alvin Valley, Goldsign, Buddhist Punk, Rozae Nichols and others.
When The Mezzanine section launched at the February installment of the Fashion Coterie earlier this year, it served as a destination for avant-garde brands that weren't accustomed to making the rounds of the trade show circuit. Collections such as Daryl K, Burning Torch and FrostFrench were added to the Fashion Coterie lineup and were given a safe haven in a lofted space draped in white curtains and easy lighting.
Here, a look at some of this season's new occupants of The Mezzanine.
Habitual The premium denim line for women is branching out this year to include children's and men's. For women's, however, spring brings a mix of Victorian, Goth and military inspirations. Highlights of the season include colored jeans that are hand-sanded and yarn-dyed and made with fabric from Belgium. Punk-inspired superskinny jeans top the most-wanted list of the season, as do miniskirts, ultraflattering denim shorts cut right below the knee and a logo handbag, the first of its kind for Habitual.
The wholesale price range of Habitual denim is from $84 to 90 for jeans; denim jackets wholesale between $140 to $150.
Reds European denim makers have a very different idea of what they think the American market is lusting for at the moment when it comes to jeans. Reds, the Italian-based denim company, is launching this spring in the U.S. and is highlighting the slouchy, roomier trouser jean. The collection is inspired by mid-20th-century American work clothes worn by steelworkers and bricklayers. To soften the look, Reds added cotton T-shirts and blazers, jackets and shorts. The wholesale price range for Reds is between $69 and $78.
Clu Clu began as a comfy T-shirt line that eventually morphed into a full line of Ts, skirts, dresses and pants in cotton and rayon wholesaling between $30 and $85. The line is designed by Seung Lee and his partner, Jin Lee, who moved from South Korea to Los Angeles just three years ago. Seung studied at the Studio Bercot in Paris and Jin studied at Parsons School of Design here. The word "Clu" is derived from the French word clou, meaning nail, for its simple and graphic feel. Seung and Jin presented their first collection, made entirely by hand, last year. The shirts are made of supima cotton and rayon, and dresses incorporate asymmetrical cuts, patchwork and knots and are garment-dyed for a saturated color.Imitation of Christ In August, Tara Subkoff, designer of Imitation of Christ, announced she would be adding denim to the mix for spring. In fact, just this week, she launched the collection on the runway during fashion week. Next up? The launch of denim at The Mezzanine. Expect to see tapered, skinny and high-waisted styles in addition to denim shorts and jumpsuits. On her denim collection, Subkoff said: "It's about taking one's body into consideration and understanding what is flattering." True words of wisdom.
Alvin Valley At this installation of the Fashion Coterie, Alvin Valley will launch his new contemporary collection, As Is by Alvin Valley. Pants are at the core of the collection, which Valley said is driven by "trend" and "fit," but also includes blouses, blazers and sweaters at a price point roughly 50 to 75 percent lower than the Alvin Valley Clothier Collection. There are about 12 to 20 styles of pants in cotton, Italian wool and cashmere and wool that wholesale between $110 and $175; blazers wholesale between $245 and $325, and coats wholesale between $275 and $425.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)