It's always exciting to discover great fashion finds. Here, another handful of newbies -from one designer who has mastered the perfect extra-long T to another whose signature is quickly becoming the sexy siren gown.
WHISTLE AND FLUTE Designer: Yoon Chang Backstory: Chang went through all the design rites of passage before she started Whistle and Flute. She graduated from Parsons The New School for Design, and, in 2000, joined Cynthia Steffe, watching it grow from a tiny label to an established contemporary brand. In December 2006, Chang, then Steffe's head designer, and Je-Wan Hwang, her head merchandiser, left the studio and whipped up their own contemporary collection in time for fall 2007. Hwang is now Chang's business partner.
Collection: The 11 styles are inspired by "gender-bending and a mix of masculine and feminine," says Chang. Flirty, silk crepe tops, high-wasted tailored
trousers and trim jackets illustrate her point.
Stats: Wholesale prices range from $69 to $200. The line has been picked up by Hejfina in Chicago. — Jessica Iredale
TUCKER BY GABY BASORA Backstory: It all began with a full-sleeved blouse, one that Chicago-born Basora cut for herself a few years ago while working as a stylist in New York. "I loved it so much, I decided to make, like, 50 in different fabrics. I was wearing a different one every day," she recalls. Then, one fortuitous evening out, a friend, wearing one of said tops, met a friend who worked at Barneys New York. The store eventually placed an order — prompting Basora to formally launch Tucker by Gaby Basora, now in its second season.
Collection: Easy dressing is how Basora describes her line. Take the collection's signature blouse, for example, with its roomy sleeves: "The shape is easy to wear, but sophisticated. It can take on many lives," she says. Plus, it comes in a variety of prints, from the whimsical to the romantic. But Tucker's not just a one-garment wonder; the collection includes everything from tunics to dresses to high-waisted trousers.
Stats: Henri Bendel, Intermix, Fred Segal, Ron Herman, Scoop and Barneys New York are just a few of the retailers who bought the line, which wholesales from $80 for a camisole to $215 for
Hermès is launching a Laundromat pop-up shop in NYC - dubbed Hermèsmatic - where customers can bring their old scarves to be dip-dyed by an expert. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @donstahl)