For their Los Angeles-based brand called Elkin,designing sisters Kara and Brit Smith compose a different reading andmusic list as inspiration for each of their collections. Their springlineup is influenced by the American frontier, as portrayed by CormacMcCarthy’s “All the Pretty Horses,” bordello histories and Tammy Wynettetunes.
“We were always dressing up when we were little, we werealways reading books,” said Kara Smith, who worked at Geren Ford andLightning Bolt before launching Elkin for spring 2011 with her youngersibling, who had designed jewelry at Jennifer Meyer. “That’s whatdressing up felt like for us: we were characters.” Add to that BritSmith’s fascination with French lingerie and Kara’s tales of waking upin party clothes from the night before, and a fashion brand was born.Their proclivity for quirky combos also led to the name of theircompany. After spotting an imposing elk in a taxidermy shop, theydecided to blend the word “elk” with “kin,” in honor of their bloodties.
For their spring lineup, a white sheer silk maxidress wasinspired by a frontier prostitute’s nightgown, and a wool swing jacketwith brass buttons, the sisters say, would have been something worn by asuit-loving female brothel owner. If she had a sassy side, Mary IngallsWilder might have cottoned to the minidresses with prim collars andpouf sleeves, highwaisted suede shorts and prairie flower-printedminiskirts.
Retailing for between $150 and $650, the line is soldat Madison, Satine and TenOverSix. — Khanh T.L. Tran
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@maybelline’s Kanako Takase had snow bunnies in mind when creating the beauty look for @philipppleininternational. Playing off of the bedazzled snowboards in the collection, Takase mixed two highlighters together for a luminous sheen. #wwdbeauty #nyfw (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
“There’s a huge gap between the old way of doing things and today. It takes the youth to help evolve that. You have to count on the kids today to help lead you into the future. A lot of these retailers are stuck in the past. Communication is the biggest thing,” said @ronniefieg of @kith on the youth’s role in retail. On Monday night, Jeff Staple moderated a keynote session with Fieg and @syresmith at Assembly - a series of workshops, talks and keynotes addressing topics or issues in the apparel industry. Head to WWD.com to read more advice from Fieg and what Smith thinks of his dad @willsmith’s Instagram account and sustainability (📷: @weston.wells)
@joansmalls closed the @michaelkors fall 2018 show in black sequined pants and a varsity T printed with 19 on the front and 81 on the back. 1981 – the year Kors went into business. #wwdfashion #nfyw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“You think your life is going to be a certain way, and nothing you thought would happen ends up happening. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be designing clothes and working with Mickey Drexler, and building something I’m deeply proud of,” said Jenna Lyons. Nine months after leaving @jcrew, Lyons is exploring the meaning of happiness. Read the interview, where Lyons talks about reinvention and more on WWD.com – link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Farrell) #jennalyons #jcrew