Here, a rundown on the latest and greatest resources to hit the mart.
After entering its eighth year as a bridge line of sportswear and separates, the New York-based Iris Singer Collection debuted Iris, a new division of upscale, dressy evening separates catering to women 30 to 60 years old. The line’s main draw is its use of satin backcrepe fabric called "hokaido," a luxurious blend of Japanese triacetate and rayon. Cuffed trousers, silk georgettes, and back-pleated skirts come in blue, sage and beige colors for spring, in misses’ sizes 2-16. Hand-painted silk and acetate blends from Italy, India, and Japan are used for beaded floral jackets and bustier dresses. Wholesale prices range from $60 to $110 for tops and bottoms, $175 to $275 for jackets, and dresses $125 to $140.
Iris, a family-run business, has 200 better specialty accounts, including Boutique Elle in Woodbury, Long Island and Ames in Los Angeles. Owner Irving Singer estimated sales volume for 2002 at $3 million wholesale.
New York-based Leilei marked its Chicago debut in August, where the 12-year-old line has been gaining recognition for offering updated looks on misses’-related separates. Sales manager Howard Kschonz described the spring season’s bright, fresh colors in citron, flame, hot pink, and turquoise. Cotton stretch denims will be introduced for spring, along with silk georgettes, 3/4-sleeved jackets, and camp shirts, which come in prints and solids. Bold, floral prints with embroidery — and an Asian-style twist — round out themes for tops and bottoms, sized 2-16. Tops are priced wholesale from $18 to $22, jackets between $35 to $55, and bottoms range from $30 to $54.
Aimed at a customer base of 35 to 65 years old, Leilei’s 400 accounts include Jack Gleason in Denver, and Nordstrom stores. Volume is projected at $1 million wholesale, according to Kschonz.
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Oklahoma City-based Culturalpersona adopts a classic approach to its edgy denim line, targeting a contemporary customer base of women in their 20’s to mid-40’s.The line’s low-rise boot-cut, dubbed "Joie de Vivre," comes in three washes including blue, tinted vintage, and a creased rinse.
For spring, the low-rise, slim leg "Sleekster" introduces brand new Dupont fabric, a mixture of 25% Lycra and 75% cotton for an increased stretch fit. Red and white-colored denims are also new to the Sleekster cut, which have been chemically treated for a worn-look. Jeans wholesale on average for $46.
Culturalpersona’s specialty retail accounts include Bliss in Portsmouth, N.H., Crush in Malibu, Calif., and Only She in Chicago. Volume for 2002 is projected at $1.5 million, according to Hamilton.
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Power of Women, known simply as P.O.W., is an interesting interpretation of urban chic, lending exotic Mideastern flavor to contemporary activewear silhouettes. Offering over 80 draped and finely textured Byzantine-influenced pieces, the line wholesales from $38 for a ruched microjersey top to $150 for a linen viscose-blend jacket. Also available are several novelty silk print blouses and low-rise, flare-cut pants and skirts in sizes 2-14. The collection’s spring color palette is a sharp contrast to the line’s earth-driven fall tones, featuring hues ranging from white and creme to coral, muted crimson, burnt orange and rose.
Vietnamese-born designer and owner Andy Thê-Anh’s use of flowing European silks along with asymmetrical lines and detailed stitching create a luxurious couture-inspired look, targeting women aged 25 to 40-years-old.
Launched in fall 2001, the Montreal-based line has 100 Canadian retail accounts and 75 in the U.S. Director of sales Dawn Shaheen projects this year’s sales volume to be $2 million.
"Whether you’re dealing with motherhood or dating, our products cover the gamut of real life topics with humor and style," explained partner Maria Peevey, who along with co-creator Megan Weinerman, developed San Francisco-based Simply She, a contemporary sportswear line. The collection includes loungewear sets, baby Ts, hooded pullovers and innerwear sets.
The 2 1/2-year-old line expresses what Peevey described as "universal experiences" by conveying witty logos such as, "I am a busy woman" and "I’m always right," onto form-fitting cotton and Lycra spandex blend pieces using screen-printing and embroidery methods. Top sellers include a camisole and thong set, as well as sleepwear sets, offered in classic colors like heather gray, red, and black.Spring will feature updated looks of all items, like a racer-back tank top with inner-bra lining. T-shirts wholesale from $8 to $22, innerwear and lounge sets range between $18.50 to $34, and hooded pullovers are $22.50. Projected volume for 2002 is $1 million.
Known for its novelty and pieced jackets, Milwaukee, Wis.-based Canvasbacks introduced the Marcela collection this year as a complementary line to its current casual-driven collections.
The collection contains brocade and jacquard woven jackets in acetate, viscous and wool-blends. Jacket silhouettes are accentuated with glass buttons, mink piecing and various collar styles and trims, giving the line a decorative and refined look. Offered in dark hues, silk and viscous-blend skirt and pant separates are also available in sizes 2-16.
The price point for Marcela is higher than Canvasbacks’ other lines; skirts and pants wholesale $79 to $94 and jackets average $250. Vice president for sales and marketing Julia Wallace said first-year volume is projected to be $250,000.
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)