Bio: Raised in Sierra Leone, West Africa, Anyaa studied textile design at Rovaniemi University in Finland. After graduation, she designed textiles and patterns for a local architect there, later moving to Dallas, where she started her own company in 2004. That fizzled a few years later, but she is now giving it another go with an official relaunch of ready-to-wear and accessories.
Collection: Anyaa’s focus is always on the fabrics, most of which she hand-makes, treats and sometimes paints. She felts wool onto silk, cotton and linen, creating alluring patterns and textures — swirling, marblelike motifs on dresses or abstract shapes on scarves. “I think of the wool as an element of embellishment,” she says.
Stats: Wholesales from $150 to $1,500; sold at her own studio-store in Dallas, which she opened in 2007.
P.S.: Anyaa also crafts housewares, such as pillows and bowls, from her homespun fabrics.
Here: Elizabeth Anyaa’s silk chiffon dress and scarf, both with wool felt embellishments. Hue tights.
Bio: Nebraska native Carper, who studied textile design at the University of Kansas, spent three years working for bridal designer Monica Byrne. When Byrne closed her brand in 2008 to work in-house at Vera Wang, Carper began freelance styling for “very unglamorous jobs,” she says. “I did mainly television commercials — Advil and Firestone tires.”
Collection: Despite her experience in bridal and eveningwear, Carper has her sights set on the contemporary market. “I’m a casual dresser,” she says. “I want the line to reflect my lifestyle.” Hers is a life filled with wanderlust, so each collection is influenced by a different part of the world she’s visited — Mongolia for her fall 2010 debut, Latin America for spring 2011 and Turkey for fall 2011. An abstract print on easy shirts and dresses, for instance, is “a nod to the decaying marble and stone I found in the mosques,” she says.
Stats: Wholesales from $138 to $255; sold at Eva and Condor in New York and Traffic in L.A.
P.S.: Before she launched her line, Carper taught in-home cooking lessons in Brooklyn.
Here: Morgan Carper’s polyester shirt and wool pants. Stuart Weitzman shoes.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
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)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
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