A few lingerie specialists to check out at CurveNY.
Stephanie Chen is using a tailor’s touch to give Sapphire Bliss a versatility that can transition between bedtime and cocktail hour.
Pulling from her past experience at sportswear companies including Polo Ralph Lauren, A|X Armani Exchange and Express, the designer strives to create multiuse pieces for her two-year-old intimates brand. For instance, a black baby-doll silk top has eyelash lace detail outlining the sleeves. Chen said for a stylish segue, the baby doll “can be paired with a beautiful lace bra and then a legging and stiletto and you’re out for the party.”
Citing a modern yet timeless design strategy, she also hopes to promote her silk kimono for its updated fit that allows the piece to be “on trend, without being too trendy.”
Showing at CurveNY for the first time (booth #325), Chen aims to increase retail distribution, as the company is now only sold in Azaleas NYC and Mel en Stel in New York, alongside its own year-old e-commerce site.
Her collection for spring includes lingerie as well as swimwear, with wholesale prices running from $44 for bikini separates to $184 for silk robes.
Eyeing $1 million as a sales target within a year, she’s ready to break out from being a small brand. She said if she can morph traditional ready-to-wear and sportswear fabrics like silk charmeuse into lingerie, then she feels ready for any challenge.
“I know how to manipulate a fabric from pristine and shiny to washed and drapy,” said Chen. “CurveNY is my next huge investment and I’m totally prepared.” — Sarah Elizabeth Tooker
“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)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews