“Designing beautiful clothes.” That was Isabel Toledo’s objective for her spring Isabel Toledo x Lane Bryant capsule collection for special-size retail chain Lane Bryant. The designer was charged with bringing fashion to a segment of consumers who can feel neglected by upscale brands, and with Thursday night’s show at the Seagram Building, Toledo sought to dispel that notion.
The designer infused the lineup with her arty aesthetic via Cuban influences and prints designed by her husband Ruben, worked on ladylike silhouettes with flounce and feminine romance. “It’s about the proportion of the clothes,” Toledo said of designing for the Lane Bryant label. “I always say designers all have that customer, just not on the runway.”
There were several standouts, especially those that captured a Fifties vibe with tailored tops and full skirts, including a chic belted tuxedo jacket shown with a skirt embroidered with silver paisley motifs. Some of the coats looked great, too, most notably the double-faced brown-and-black wrap style.
“It’s the new Lane Bryant,” said Lane Bryant chief executive officer Linda Heasley after the show, referring to how the specialty retailer for sizes 14 to 28 is elevating its merchandise via designer collaborations. Isabel Toledo was the first, and Sophie Theallet is creating a lingerie collection for fall. Heasley is in talks with other designers to add to the lineup.
“We are breaking the myths,” Heasley said. “Our clients can put on a belt. Our clients can wear stripes. She can wear a lot of the things she was told she couldn’t. We are pushing the thinking even further in the proportions.”
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Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
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24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“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