JUNIORS: With a growing pile of quotidian necessities such as an iPod, cell phone and schoolbooks, what's a teenaged girl to do? It's lucky for her that BB Dakota and Zinc are joining Hot Kiss and other junior clothing brands in the booming market for bags. In the case of BB Dakota, the red plaid purse, oversize patent leather tote with gold chain handle and 18 other pieces in its debut fall collection will retail for less than $150. "They look like a lot of stuff that is going on in the better brands," said BB Dakota chief executive officer Gloria Brandes.
DENIM: In the Seventies, Blondie sang that the tide is high. As the Seventies look comes into vogue again, one can also say the jean rise is high. "The high-waisted flares have been a really big deal," said James Hammonds, denim buyer for Los Angeles-based American Rag Cie, calling the style a bellwether for jean trends. While J Brand's high-rise bell-bottoms are ringing up sales at American Rag, other California jeansmakers, including GoldSign, Serfontaine, Hudson, Jainesse and Seven For All Mankind, are retailing with rises measuring 9 inches or longer.
CONTEMPORARY: Hipster couples who want to dress alike à la David and Victoria Beckham have options in several new unisex sportswear lines, including Corpus and Grandma's Glock. Capitalizing on the trend for layering, the dual-gender labels offer striped T-shirts, long hoodies that can be worn as dresses, baggy cardigans and linen shorts with paper-bag waists. The androgynous aesthetics emphasizes a palette of muted colors including burgundy and heather gray, as well as cotton-Modal jersey, cashmere and other fabrics appealing to both men and women. Sizes are also simplified, running from XS to L. While Corpus is reaching out to women after getting its start in men's wear, Grandma's Glock is casting its net to include fashion-savvy men.
ACTION SPORTS: Since skaters, surfers and snowboarders are constantly outdoors, it's natural for them to take an interest in protecting the environment. Last year, Volcom introduced organic Ts, tote bags and hats for juniors under the v.co-logical brand and contributes part of the proceeds from sales of these items to 1% For The Planet, the environmental charity cofounded by Patagonia's Yvon Chouinard. This year, Roxy, Quiksilver's $647 million junior brand, is launching T-shirts and totes made of organic cotton and natural dyes. And action sports aficionados don't have to go barefoot to save the Earth: Vans has shoes made of hemp, bamboo charcoal lining, natural crepe rubber and other eco-friendly materials.SWIM: Swimwear designers are blurring the line between the beach and the street. Consider Haverhill Leach, who designed accessories for contemporary brands Mayle and Kate Spade in New York before moving to Los Angeles to launch an eponymous swim label last year. She said versatility is important because it extends a woman's wardrobe. Her striped scoopneck cover-up, cinched with a sash under the bust, can be paired with jeans, and a coquettish bikini top may be worn as a bra under a low-cut shirt. "The biggest trend in the industry right now is being able to mix up sportswear and swimwear," said Melanie Michaud, marketing director at Torrance, Calif.-based swimwear specialty retailer Diane's.
DESIGNER: Rosetta Getty is a mother of three and a bit of a punk kid herself. As the designer behind Los Angeles' Riser Goodwyn, she bisects a classic shift dress across the chest with zippers that reveal bare skin underneath. Such panache has landed her label, which launched this spring with 15 styles, on celebrities including Eva Mendes and Kirsten Dunst and in premium boutiques such as Kirna Zabête in New York, Ron Herman in Los Angeles and Mario's in Portland, Ore. For fall, Getty, who's expecting her fourth child in October with husband Balthazar Getty, the actor and oil scion, doubled the number of offerings and introduced new looks such as leather drainpipe pants and cocktail dresses with metallic leather inserts.
ACCESSORIES: Some fashionable celebrities are making a public spectacle of themselves — by donning optical glasses. Uma Thurman, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Bilson and Kirsten Dunst are among the glitterati who look anything but nerdy in frames from Oliver Peoples, Miu Miu and other brands. In addition to Bilson, Los Angeles-based Oliver Peoples also graces the faces of Nicole Kidman, Mandy Moore, Courtney Cox Arquette and Jennifer Aniston. Perhaps in tribute to bespectacled designers Viktor & Rolf, Chloë Sevigny paired her horn-rimmed glasses from Fabulous Fanny's in New York with Dolce & Gabbana's white bustier and Proenza Schouler's striped skirt at a soiree for the Dutch duo in Los Angeles last October.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)