ATTAINING ITS PROVENCE: Provence D’amour launches for fall with a line that features a contemporary look at a misses’ fit and price point. Wholesaling for $55, the sportswear line includes a variety of looks from a simple black cashmere...
ATTAINING ITS PROVENCE: Provence D’amour launches for fall with a line that features a contemporary look at a misses’ fit and price point. Wholesaling for $55, the sportswear line includes a variety of looks from a simple black cashmere sweater to an embroidered suede and knit jacket. It also includes hand-knit shawls, available in camel and black. According to Ruby Almeda, an account executive for the firm, many accessories stores have already picked up the shawls.
“There are so many women out there who love the look of contemporary clothing, but cannot fit into them,” she said.
Mostly targeting specialty stores, Almeda said the company expects $4 million in the first year at retail.
LIZ STREAMLINES: Liz Claiborne Inc. has announced several promotions within the recently consolidated Liz Claiborne Casual, Collection and Woman divisions.
Aru Kulkarni, formerly a vice president and general manager for the casual division, has been named president of special sizes, overseeing merchandising and sales of the Liz Claiborne woman and petite brands. Debbie Martin has been named vice president, group creative director of Liz Claiborne brands. Martin joined the company in 2001 as vice president of product development and design for the casual division.
Kate McKee, formerly vice president of brand concept, research and development for the casual division, has been named vice president of group product development and design. Maryann Ficarra has been named vice president, group merchandising director for Liz Claiborne brands. In her new role, Ficarra will take on the Liz Claiborne collection merchandising, as well as retail planning for wholesale accounts. She was most recently vice president of merchandising and joined the company in 2000.
TANNER DESIGNS’ NEW PRESIDENT: Catherine Schepis has been promoted to president of Tanner Designs, where she will oversee the business, design and merchandising of the Doncaster and Elana divisions. More than 2,000 wardrobe consultants sell the women’s sportswear and plus-sized apparel lines in private trunk shows held each season in their homes.
Schepis was previously senior vice president of merchandising and design, where she helped reposition the 73-year-old Doncaster brand to attract a younger clientele while maintaining its customer base. Schepis works out of the company’s design studios in Manhattan and reports to Pell Tanner, chief executive officer of Tanner, whom she replaces as president. Before joining Tanner in 1998, Schepis held senior merchandising positions at Liz Claiborne and Anne Klein.
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)