NEW YORK — The Fashion Center Business Improvement District and the Times Square Alliance are trying to dress up Eighth Avenue with Blank SL8, a street-front Port Authority space that will spotlight New York-based fashion, design and visual arts created by New York-based artists and designers.
Emerging talents’ work will be showcased on a rotating basis in the 2,500-square-foot venue. Located on the northwest corner of Eighth Avenue and West 41st Street, Blank SL8 is a prime spot for catching the attention of passersby, including the 200,000 commuters who trek through the Port Authority each day.
Representatives from IMG Fashion, the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund and Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation have already scouted the location for fashion shows or to be used as designer showcases. Blank SL8 could also act as a “village green” of sorts, allowing awards groups to display oversized colorful posters of the respective winners with a sampling of their creations, according to Barbara Randall, director of the FCBID.
The idea of having a pop-up shop for Made in NYC products is also being entertained, Randall said. Yeohlee Teng, whose Made in NYC clothes are currently in Lord & Taylor’s Fifth Avenue windows, said she will check out the Port Authority space this week.
Blank SL8’s main objective is to promote design talent working in the Garment Center or the Times Square area. Aside from the expense of utilities, the temporary tenants will pay only $1 monthly rent for their stays of a month or two.
“The idea is to have people show their work for a very small cost,” Randall said. “We thought it was a great opportunity to do something altruistic for the design community.”
The groups expect the project to help spruce up Eighth Avenue to make it more appealing to pedestrians and to further its new Avenue of Architecture moniker.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews