AMANDA CHARLES ENTERS DRESS MARKET: Moderate knit firm Nina Leonard is launching a better-priced knit dress division for fall. Named Amanda Charles (Amanda is owner Lenny Feinberg’s daughter, and Charles is his middle name), the line will wholesale from $49 to $69 and sell in more than 150 doors, including Lord & Taylor and Belk. “There was an explosion last season with the sweater dress, and I wanted to use better yarns, like ponti and wool acrylic,” said Feinberg, declining to project volume. The line includes A-line dresses and tunics in both solids and prints, often including belts, and are “engineered so they don’t touch the hip,” said Feinberg.
LAUREN HANSEN ADDS ACCESSORIES: Lauren Hansen is launching knit accessories for fall to capture lower-priced impulse buys with hand-spun-looking scarves, capelets, shalls and hats. “A lot of our customers — last year especially — were nervous of the economy, but they still have racks and shelves to fill,” said Christopher dal Piaz, president of parent company SML Sport Ltd. Co. “We saw in Europe this niche market for scarves, hats and gloves, which we incorporated into a sportswear collection so accessories can hang with our sportswear at a lower price point.” While the normal Lauren Hansen sportswear collection wholesales for $50 to $125 in about 400 doors, including Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, the new accessories line will wholesale from $25 to $40 for fall in a projected 100 doors. Dal Piaz predicts it will become more than a $1 million wholesale business within two years, declining to disclose current sportswear volume. KRAZY KAT LAUNCHES SANDY & SID: Moderate sportswear firm Krazy Kat is looking to better- to bridge-priced knits to grow its top line. “We have a great back office and infrastructure, and what we need is to add more sales, which you can do by opening new categories,” said Bansi Lakhani, chief executive officer of Krazy Kat, which is predicting it will hold its $45 million in wholesale volume steady this year, plus layer on new businesses, including a scarf line it launched for spring. For fall, Krazy Kat is entering the novelty knit business by introducing Sandy & Sid, named after Lakhani’s two children and designed by Sanjiv Thakkar, who hails from knit firms Ava and Hampshire Brands. Consisting of cardigans with special detailing and sweaters with colorful prints, Sandy & Sid will wholesale from $39 to $286 and is expected to sell in about 100 doors for fall. Lakhani projects the new line will do $4 million in wholesale volume its first year and $10 million within three years.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)