DALLAS — As Super Bowl XLV mania envelops Dallas in anticipation of the Feb. 6 game, local fashion designer Abi Ferrin has scored with Off the Field, a nonprofit association of NFL players’ wives.
Ferrin’s draped contemporary dresses and sportswear will be featured in the group’s Feb. 4 luncheon fashion show at the Fairmont Hotel benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. NFL wives will model in the 10th annual runway show before an audience of 600 NFL current and retired players, their wives and other supporters.
Pat Smith, wife of NFL Hall of Famer and former Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith, plans to emcee the show in a long green Ferrin dress. “Abi exemplifies what the organization is about, which is supporting the community and helping others,” she said.
Ferrin’s tagline is “Fashion with Freedom and Purpose,” and each of her pieces has an element made by women rescued from the sex trade in Cambodia and Nepal. Ferrin also employs the women to make fabric clutches, and she plans to give 150 of the handbags to models and guests at the luncheon.
Many of Ferrin’s silk or matte jersey designs can be worn multiple ways. They retail from $150 to $750. Nordstrom at NorthPark Center will introduce a dozen Ferrin looks this month, including a signature jersey dress that can be worn five ways and a halter top in the team colors of the Super Bowl contenders.
“I created a logistical nightmare for myself,” Ferrin admitted. “I won’t know the team colors until the 23rd, and they need to be in-store by the 28th, so I’m going to do the final four [teams] and ship the final two.”
@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