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
“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
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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)