MICHAEL STARS GETS PHYSICAL: Michael Stars is diversifying its arsenal of cotton T-shirts with a new line of fleece hoodies, pullovers and slip-on pants. Michael Stars Active Wear begins shipping July 30 for fall with 11 styles cut from Supima jersey fleece in subdued shades of chocolate brown, cream, olive green, toro red and Prussian blue. Retailing from $80 to $160, the line will be sold at retailers including Michael Stars' six branded stores and Nordstrom. The expansion is part of the Hawthorne, Calif.-based company's strategy to become more than a one-trick pony. This year, Michael Stars will introduce an infants' line dubbed Mikey Stars, wool-cashmere blends that will complement its current cashmere offerings and a velvet grouping. "Activewear is a natural extension of our line and was truly inspired for the woman who leads an active and healthy lifestyle," said Michael Cohen, the company's founder and chief executive officer.
BUYING BITS OF BEIJING: As the Olympics fast approaches, Speedo is selling a limited edition Team Speedo USA line that leverages the publicity around its LZR Racer, according to a Speedo spokeswoman. Available from June 1 to Sept. 1, the line will be sold in select Macy's and sporting goods stores, as well as on speedousa.com, which enjoyed its biggest sales month ever in June, thanks to the launch. The women's and men's line, which retails from $17 to $78, includes swimwear, activewear, cover-ups, accessories, footwear and jersey T-shirts with swimmers' names on the back. The Beijing replica suit sold out almost immediately online, and a new shipment will hit the middle of this month.
HOT COTTON EXPANDS: Hot Cotton Inc. is bulking up its management to introduce the new better-priced knit line Marc Ware, as well as expand the $36 million Hot Cotton brand. Launching for spring 2009, Hot Cotton by Marc Ware, which will wholesale from $24 to $40, is projected to be carried in about 200 better doors for spring and do between $5 million and $8 million in wholesale volume. Hot Cotton sportswear, which wholesales from $18 to $24 in some 800 doors, including Nordstrom, Macy's and Lord & Taylor, will expand for spring by offering additional knits, according to Nicholas DeMarco, chief executive officer of Hot Cotton. The Los Angeles-based company has hired Aris Lallis, formerly senior merchandising vice president of women's at May Co., as vice president of merchandising, and Renee McGovern, vice president of U.S. sales at Conrad C., as vice president of sales at Hot Cotton. They report to DeMarco.FREE COUNTRY GOES TO THE BEACH: Free Country, a moderate sportswear and outerwear brand, is dipping into swim. Launching for resort, the swim line will wholesale from $10 to $30. The $100 million New York-based firm projects the active-focused swim line will do $5 million in wholesale volume.
JEREMY'S HEROES HONORS SCARPA: Jeremy's Heroes seventh anniversary Golf Classic honored Michael Scarpa, chief operating officer of Liz Claiborne Inc., with the Sportsmanship Award for outstanding leadership, generosity and compassion. The event at Maplewood Country Club in New Jersey on June 16 raised around $125,000 for Jeremy's Heroes, a nonprofit organization named for Jeremy Logan Glick, a passenger aboard Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001, who sacrificed his life to help prevent terrorists from flying the plane into their intended Washington target. The foundation funds programs including sports camp tuition, physical education and after-school programs.
@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