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
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@badgalriri’s @fentybeauty launch in September was a massive success on social media, powering $72.9 million of earned media value, according to Tribe Dynamics. The brand’s foundation offering sparked conversations about diversity in beauty, launching the growth of emerging influencers and propelling the brand’s support on social media. Today, #fentybeauty won Launch of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📷: Chema Moya/EPE-EFE)
@marianna_hewitt has become one of the most influential content creators in the beauty space, with almost 800,000 Instagram followers and a newly launched skin care line called @SummerFridays. Today, she was awarded Influencer of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📸: @sophiachabbott )
As shopping behaviors evolve, the retail experience must follow. Head over to retail experts @colliersinternational’s Knowledge Leader series to read more about the shift in our shopping era. #colliersretail #lovecolliers
@prada opened a pop-up club, called Prada Double Club, in collaboration with German artist Cartsen Höller at @artbasel Miami. Last night, guests – including @youngparis, @ritaora and even Miuccia Prada herself – gathered in a former ice factory where the pop-up is housed for a performance from @wyclefjean. Go to WWD.com for full coverage on all the exhibits, parties and more at #ArtBaselMiami. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@louboutinworld and @disney are making magic once again, creating a set of shoe designs for the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Louboutin designed a pair of shoes for each of the film’s four female leads: Rey (@daisyridrey), Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (@lauradern), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and Rose Tico (@kellymarietran). The shoes will debut on Saturday at the L.A. premiere of the latest episode. #wwdfashion
Today at the #BeautyIncAwards 2017, WWD will be joined by beauty leaders from around the world as we honor this year's most innovative people, products, brands and places. Follow along here and on Twitter for live coverage from the exclusive event. #wwdsummits (📷: @elizaflorendo)
Exclusive: Beauty superinfluencer @marianna_hewitt is launching her first-ever skin care brand with her business partner @laurengores. Their new line Summer Fridays, which will be sold exclusively at summerfridays.com starting in January, is launching with just one product – a hydrating cream Jet Lag Mask. “We wanted to focus on one product that was amazing,” said Hewitt. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Michelin star-rated chef PJ Calapa marks his first solo endeavor with today’s opening of @scampinyc –– the new Southern Italian restaurant located in Manhattans’ Flatiron District. The upscale yet welcoming environment matches the menu, which includes two types of scampi: traditional Italian langoustines in butter and the Americanized version with shrimp over pasta 🍤 - pictured here. #wwdeye (📷: George Chinsee)