BABETTE TURNS FORTY: Celebrating the 40th anniversary of her apparel business, Babette Pinsky threw a party Saturday night in her SoHo store in Manhattan. Aside from the coats and sportswear, guests had something else to feast their eyes on — "Babette: Designing a Vision," the designer's self-published book. Scandinavian-inspired floor-length dresses, raincoats with shoulder pads and a skirt with a transfer print of the Mona Lisa show how the collection has evolved.
After introducing a 10-piece collection in 1968 influenced by Bonnie Cashin and Rudi Gernreich, Pinsky set out on what would prove to be an eclectic career. Aside from teaching "No More Ponchos" at a craft school in Maine, she was among the first to design pleated microfiber separates. The book details how Pinsky read that Mary McFadden was going to launch a raincoat line and decided to beat her to the punch by having 500 yards of polyurethane fabric made into raincoats. "McFadden's raincoats? Not pleated, after all. Mine were the first," Pinsky wrote. Even the Babette cologne, which launched in 2005, is dressed in a signature red pleated sleeve.
Earlier this year, Pinsky acquired the Childress label and expanded her knitwear. With five freestanding stores, Pinsky said, "I always knew I'd design clothes that every woman could wear, regardless of age, size or shape."
GALLEN GIFT AT PARSONS: Ellen Tracy has made a gift to Parsons The New School for Design to establish the Herbert Gallen Award and Internship for an up-and-coming senior in women's wear fashion design. Each year, one student will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship and the opportunity to intern at Ellen Tracy.
The gift is in memory of Gallen, who died last year. He started Ellen Tracy as a blouse company, selling blouses for as little as $28.50 a dozen. Linda Allard, creative director of Ellen Tracy and Gallen's widow, will serve on the selection committee for the scholarship and internship.
@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)