AMSALE HIRES: Kenneth Pool has been named creative design director at New York bridal and evening resource Amsale, effective next week.
In the new role at the company, Pool will work with Amsale to launch a new line titled Kenneth Pool for Amsale, which will offer more fashion-forward bridal looks beginning at $5,000 retail. Pool was most recently creative and design director at Reem Acra and also worked for Vera Wang for seven years.
"Developing a new glamour-oriented collection gives us the freedom to maintain the focus of the core Amsale signature collection on its classic designs, while simultaneously satisfying a broader customer base," designer Amsale Aberra said.
Coming with Pool from Reem Acra is Ralph Francisco, who assumes the role of chief pattern maker for the new line. Francisco begins on Dec. 8.
Amsale will continue offering its signature line, which begins retailing at $2,500, as well as the Amsale blue label collection, which sells from $5,000. Pool will consult on Amsale’s designs, which also includes eveningwear, bridesmaid dresses and mother-of-the-bride styles.
In addition, Peter W. Chan will start Monday as chief production and operations director. Chan was most recently vice president of production at Halston.
The company also created a new $1 million advertising campaign with creative direction headed by Deborah Moses of Moses Media. Shot by Ruven Afanador, who has also shot campaigns for Acra, the ads will run in 2003 issues of Martha Stewart Weddings, In Style Weddings, Town & Country, Bride’s, Elegant Bride and other publications.
DEAL’S DECADE: Ready-to-wear designer Donald Deal held his spring 2003 runway presentation Nov. 4 in his 37th Street showroom in New York. But Deal wasn’t just celebrating the sleek silk mikado pantsuits and flowing dresses that comprised his collection. He also feted his company’s anniversary, which he founded 10 years ago that same day. Prior to the show, guests — including editors, retailers, vendors and loyal customers — sipped wine, nibbled on hors d’oeuvres and mingled in a relaxed atmosphere quite different from a Bryant Park show.
Though Deal has not shown with 7th on Sixth since before Sept. 11, 2001, the designer said he would like to rejoin the fashion pack and plans to show his fall 2003 collection back at the tents. Deal said his company’s sales volume has held steady for a few seasons at about $1.2 million, but expects to see some growth in 2003.
NEW DIGS: Los Angeles-based showroom Gregg Pellegrini has opened a space at 241 West 37th Street in New York’s Fashion Center. The showroom carries six lines: Anopia eveningwear, wholesaling for $110 to $250; Daisy L., day-to-dinner dresses, $49 to $89; Dina Bar-El Dresses, eveningwear, $98 to $189; Dina Bar-El Sportswear, $49 to $118; NOW Pants, $39 to $64 and Paolo Santini, leather and fur sportswear, $79 to $215.
"The space could hold more lines, but we’re not actively soliciting," Pellegrini said. "If something comes along, we’re always interested."
Pellegrini said he had been coming to New York as often as once a month on appointments, and hauling garment bags around the city made him realize how much he needed a permanent space in Manhattan.
BRIDAL SUITE: New York bridal retail operation Bride 2 Choose has changed its name to The Bridal Suite of Manhattan. The name change was made by president and owner Bernadette Pleasant, who also remodeled and expanded the West 38th Street location in Manhattan. Gowns range in price from $1,000 to $6,000 and include lines such as Eugenia Couture, Rahmanian, L’ezu Atelier, St. Pucchi, Cristina Arzuaga, Belle of the Ball, Carmela Sutera, Currie Bonner and Paloma Blanca. There are also bridal accessories, bridesmaid dresses and mother-of-the-bride offerings.
"Our new name was chosen to reflect the feel of our larger showroom, which is designed to enhance this important shopping experience," said Pleasant, noting that the showroom is open to the public by appointment.
SPRING FLING: Goldin Feldman has introduced its first spring collection of furs, a decorative group consisting mostly of unconstructed, lightweight items. Now that the company is pursuing and selling to more nonfur specialty stores, president Anne Dee Goldin wanted to maintain real estate on a year-round basis instead of just seasonally.
Having designed women’s outerwear since 1980, Goldin said she wanted to use her expertise for lighter-weight fabrics and came up with several "chill chasers," items that can be worn on brisk, but not frigid nights.
Vests, a halter top, perforated suede jackets, novelty leather jackets and an ivory-colored leather camisole are among the offerings in the 40-piece spring line. Wholesale prices start at $225 for a three-quarter-sleeve cropped suede topper and go up to $1,295 for a calf-hair knee-length coat.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)