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STEPPING OUT: Heidi Klum, who launched Heidi Klum for New Balance active apparel last fall, is now adding sneakers to the lineup. She reworked the brand’s classic 410 and 320 designs with several new color combinations that launch today exclusively on Amazon.com. Klum’s 410 pair will retail for $90 while the 320 is available on the site for $80.
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MORE AWARDS DETAILS: The program is filling out for Monday’s CFDA Fashion Awards. Sofia Coppola is presenting Marc Jacobs with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award; Jessica Alba will hand the Founders Award to Hal Rubenstein, and Grace Coddington is presenting Arthur Elgort with his Board of Directors’ Special Tribute Award. Karolina Kurkova, meanwhile, will take to the stage to hand out the three Swarovski Awards. The audience, too, will feature a few stars. Kirsten Dunst is coming with Patrik Ervell, Ashley Greene with Michael Kors, and Kerry Washington with Calvin Klein Collection’s Francisco Costa. Meanwhile, Liv Tyler will attend with Proenza Schouler and Chloë Sevigny with MAC Cosmetics.
TV CLOSEUP: ABC’s “20/20” is devoting a segment to Michael Kors tonight, showing the pandemonium around him on Fashion’s Night Out, and the ways he has been able to bridge generational gaps with all age groups.
Kors wasted no time giving fashion advice during the two-day taping. “Figure out what about yourself you like and figure out how to always put the emphasis on what you do like,” he said. “If you like your legs and skirts go long, sorry, don’t wear long skirts.” He also made a strong case for accessories. “I always say, ‘Really spend a lot of your money on accessories,’” he offered. “A cool watch, a great looking shoe, the right belt…those are the things that separate you and make you an individual.”
TOPMAN POPS: Looking to build momentum before its September opening in Chicago, London-based Topman has partnered with Chicago retailers Jim Wetzel and Lance Lawson, the former owners of Jake, to host a Topman pop-up shop at the pair’s new store, space519. The pop-up shop, launching today and running through the end of July, will feature Topman T-shirts, suits, swimwear and shoes. At the same time, space519, located along Michigan Avenue in the 900 Shops, will introduce vintage British wristwatches, English pub signs and U.K.-based men’s apothecary lines.
JAPAN FAN: Rebecca Taylor has met her match in the women of Japan’s Kansei region, where the designer’s 1,100-square-foot Osaka store at Hilton Plaza West — her second in Japan — opened Thursday. Kansei women have a more flamboyantly feminine style than their Tokyo counterparts, who are more demure. Taylor chose the Umeda district north of Osaka for its high-end hotels and luxury retailers.
“There’s a buzz about Umeda,” said Beth Bugdaycay, chief executive officer of Rebecca Taylor. “The positioning of the store is a little different. Because the women of Kansei dress more over the top, we’ll be selling a lot more runway looks in Osaka as well as shoes and handbags. The Harijuku store in Tokyo sells more small leather goods and easy, pick-up accessories because customer is younger.” Kuipo, the brand’s license and distribution partner, will oversee daily operations.
Taylor opened her Tokyo store just a week after March 11 earthquake. “People in the west have been encouraged to shop to help Japan’s economy,” said Bugdaycay. “We’ve shown strong growth in the Western region. Sales in Tokyo, however, are down 30 percent.”