PARIS — Capitalizing on the heat attributed to its brand name,Balmain has big ambitions for its new second ready-to-wear line,produced under license by reborn Ittierre SpA and slated for earlyDecember delivery.
Sporting a more casual, downtown vibe than itsbig sister — and without the nosebleed price tags — Pierre Balmain isgunning for 700 doors in its first season, targeting Europe, the U.S.,Middle East and Asia, and plans to open freestanding boutiques in HongKong, Milan, Paris and Rome before the end of the year. Retail pricesare to range from 120 euros, or $172 at current exchange rates, forT-shirts up to 900 euros, or $1,291, for eveningwear.
“I see things on the hanger and I’m, like, ‘I never knew that color worked on me.’ It’s things you necessarily wouldn’t choose to wear, but once you put them on, you see why Janie is who Janie is." — Lily Collins on working with former "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant on creating looks for her role as Celia Brady's in Amazon series, "The Last Tycoon." 📸@jilliansollazzo #wwdeye
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Rutson has been tapped to Build New American Fashion Group. The parent of Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott hired the merchant to rev up its brands and expand its portfolio into designer, beauty and lifestyle categories. Read more on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion
Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)