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.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
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)