NORTHERN EXPOSURE: The North Face has a fresh take on the great outdoors. This spring, the company is launching its A5 Series of performance-oriented apparel inspired by bouldering, the sport of climbing rocks without harnesses. While the cotton and...
NORTHERN EXPOSURE: The North Face has a fresh take on the great outdoors. This spring, the company is launching its A5 Series of performance-oriented apparel inspired by bouldering, the sport of climbing rocks without harnesses. While the cotton and nylon items can be worn for climbing, they are also designed to be worn around town.
The North Face, a subsidiary of VF Corp., has developed an A5 line for women and another for men. It will be sold in outdoor specialty stores. For women, A5 offers capris, shorts, camisole, halter top, a hat, flip-flops and slides, with activewear wholesale prices ranging from $24 to $42.
ON YOUR MARK: Nike is back in force with its guerrilla marketing for the New York City Marathon, set to be held on Nov. 3. Asics sponsors the event, but Nike has been busy decorating city streets with decals, subways with posters and double-decker buses with inspirational ads. Developed by Wieden & Kennedy, the "Personal Best" campaign features such images as a close-up of a runner’s legs, including one prosthetic one, with the tag line, "Walking is not an option."
The company will be pulling for one of its sponsored runners, Marla Runyon, who is legally blind and aims to complete her first marathon.
Last year, after Sept. 11, the company backed off the guerrilla strategy except for two on-course billboards, a Nike spokeswoman said. There will not be any on-course billboards this year. Two million fans are expected to line the route to watch the 30,000 runners.
Nike also blanketed Chicago with its ads for last Sunday’s marathon there. After smashing the women’s world record, Paula Radcliffe, a Nike-sponsored athlete, received a bonus for her two-hour, 17-minute effort. But the Nike spokeswoman declined to say how much.
IVERSON PIPES UP: Hoops star Allen Iverson will meet the press and unveil the latest edition of his signature shoe tonight at a Reebok-sponsored party in a Philadelphia nightclub. It will be his first public appearance on behalf of the brand since his arrest last summer. Fourteen felony and misdemeanor charges were dropped against the NBA star this summer.Reebok is said to have seen sales climb after Iverson’s run-in with the law. The company, which defended him all along, is making the most of his notoriety. The invitation for Thursday’s event teased: "We’re having an affair with the answer…," playing off Iverson’s nickname.
Iverson will be showing off The Answer VI, a product under Reebok’s Rbk street-smart brand.
CATCHING A WAVE: Quiksilver will open its largest Boardriders Club store, a 4,000-square-foot unit at the Mall at Millenia, a new complex that bows Friday in Orlando. Roxy, Roxy Girl, Hawk Clothing, and Quiksilver clothing will be offered at the shop, the company’s 44th.
“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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye