GRUPPO AMERICANO GETS DRESSED: Gruppo Americano, a bridge sportswear company based in New York, has launched a dress division called Gruppo Americano Dresses.
The company said the dresses are updated pieces that move from day to night dressing. Gruppo Americano is manufacturing the dresses in New York. Wholesale prices for the initial spring collection range from $75 to $160.
John Flahavin is marketing and merchandising consultant for the division, reporting to Debra Greco, vice president of sales and merchandising. Flahavin continues to sell Gruppo Americano collections in his showroom in Dallas. The firm projects first-year volume at about $5 million.
The company also makes the Giuseppe Collection, Luciano Tempesta and Gruppo Americano Studio labels.
JUMPING SOLO: Glenn Schlossberg is the sole owner of Jump Apparel after buying out his partner of 2 1/2 years, Wayne Diamond. The deal closed last week, and terms were not disclosed. Jump, based in New York, has sales of more than $12 million and produces junior and misses' moderate-price eveningwear. Diamond continues to head another apparel company, Diamonds Run Ltd.
BILO JOINS JEAN ROBERTS: Designs for Jean Roberts, a New York better-price dress house that opened for spring, has appointed a head designer who calls himself Bilo. Bilo worked in design for Chloe and Karl Lagerfeld in Paris. He also spent nine years at Rodier in Paris as house designer.
His first collection for Jean Roberts will be summer-early fall.
MILLER FOR MARVEL: When Marvel Comic's "X-Men" characters Jean Grey and Scott Summers tied the knot in the March issue of the comic book, the groom -- also known as Cyclops -- wore sunglasses over his eyes (which are capable of shooting powerful optic beams) and the bride wore Nicole Miller.
Miller, known for her whimsical prints, began her association with Marvel's cast of characters three years ago, when she did a collage of superheroes on a series of items ranging from ties to women's blazers. The designer followed that up with a Spiderman print and an X-Men pattern.
For Jean Grey, Miller drew a body-hugging, strapless mermaid gown in white with a geometrical pattern."It was a very fun project to do," said Miller. "Now I have a subscription to Marvel Comics."
@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