Lingerie Americas, set for the landmark Metropolitan Pavilion & Altman Building on West 18th Street, is scheduled for a lively and expanded second act that begins its three-day run on Sunday.
The French-operated fair will feature an expanded show directory, which has been used by retailers as a reference guide of trends and vendor information, two Trend Forums and a series of intimate apparel seminars, said Patrice Argain, chief executive officer of Coscob, Conn.-based Lingerie Americas.
Marie Mangeot, project director for the show, said 170 brands will be exhibited by 100 participating companies from Europe, Canada, Asia, South America and the Middle East.
"Thirty percent of the brands will be exhibiting at our show for the first time," said Mangeot. "It’s a very positive sign. This will not only be a foundations show, but will also showcase a number of well-known sleepwear and daywear brands as well as some men’s underwear and swimwear."
More than 1,600 visitors attended the first Lingerie Americas fair in August, 1,400 of which were buyers. Based on pre-registration information, she said show organizers expect a turnout of more than 2,000 in March.
"Our goal is to secure regular visits from buyers, because it’s still a young show," said Mangeot. "We want to secure names, increase brand recognition and make the Lingerie Americas show an indispensable visit for buyers."
@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)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia