The women's trade shows in Los Angeles had a slow start this month.Foot traffic was light, and some of the shows were so small that the California Market Center condensed four fairs from different venues in its building to a single space in the Fashion Theater. Still, emerging brands seized the opportunity to exhibit among established lines such as Rebecca Minkoff and JET by John Eshaya. Here are some labels to keep an eye on.[caption id="attachment_10768717" align="alignnone" width="214"] MCT Editions[/caption]Show: Designers & AgentsBrand: MCT EditionsDesigner: Minden ChanHeadquarters: Los AngelesLaunch season: Spring 2017Retail prices: $150 to $850Retailers: Madison in Los Angeles and Stacey Todd in Studio City, Calif.Background: Who would have thought that reading was a prerequisite for a career in fashion?Minden Chan made the jump from obtaining a degree in oceanography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to starting his first namesake clothing business in 2007 by learning how to design and sew. Picked up by Barneys New York, the women's sportswear collection lasted a year before he decided to evolve it into a lower-priced T-shirt line. Between 2009 and 2016, when he offered his minimalist but sophisticated knits, he came upon a realization. "It's kind of tiring a little bit and there are a lot of similar lines," he said. "Why not come back to a complete line?"MCT Editions, as his third fashion venture is called, maintains a subdued style with a black cashmere-wool sweater coat that features a frayed French seam, a boxy black and white shell that mixes silk pleats with wool felt and gray cotton sweatpants that are cut baggy and short to evoke sporty culottes. For an arty touch, he adds a dense print of ditzy flowers painted acid yellow and pastel lavender. A black, ribbed turtleneck sweater in cashmere and wool features a slit to expose the throat. Rather than being a design flaw, the sliced neck was deliberate, Chan said, "to make the shape a little more mysterious."[caption id="attachment_10767940" align="alignnone" width="300"] Page Thirty[/caption]Show: Brand AssemblyBrand: Page ThirtyDesigner: Susan ChoHeadquarters: San FranciscoLaunch season: Fall 2016Retail prices: $1,470 to $1,590Retailers: Therapy in Pasadena, Calif.Background: Leather jackets have become such a mainstay of the fashion industry over the past few years that not even the banking sector was immune to the trend. But nothing was to the liking of Susan Cho, who built a career handling public relations among bankers. "I was trying to find something that is business appropriate but also fun and feminine," she said.Her solution was to start Page Thirty last fall with two styles, a black bomber and a moto zip-up. While the silhouettes were similar to what was already available on the market, she tried to differentiate it by using only Italian lambskin leather and suede, silk lining and zippers colored rose gold and charcoal by a Los Angeles-based manufacturer. She believes her focus on domestic production gives her an edge over competitors, even those who shave $300 off their prices by relying on foreign factories.Another advantage is the absence of doodads on her jackets. Her latest offering is a bolero that comes in three variations, such as one in smooth cream leather with a notched collar and piping along the edges and another in gray suede with a high back and darted front panels."The simplicity is a big aspect," she said.[caption id="attachment_10767942" align="alignnone" width="214"] Shabbella[/caption]Show: SelectBrand: ShabbellaDesigner: Shab SadeghiHeadquarters: Newport Beach, Calif.Launch season: Spring 2016Retail prices: $55 to $180Retailers: Mi Place in Newport Beach, Calif.; Langham Huntington in Pasadena, Calif., Claremont Club & Spa in Berkeley, Calif.Background: A petite dancer who always has made clothes for her workouts, Shab Sadeghi didn't see much of a stretch to designing ath-leisure for other women. An offshoot of her collegiate line, which launched in fall 2015 and catered to fans of the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford and other schools, Shabbella appeals to women who like the comfort of activewear but prefer a look that, in Sadeghi's words, "is very chic and very classic."Made in Los Angeles, her polished and versatile collection includes heather gray ribbed sweatpants that lace up in the front with black ties, a black French terry dress that is acceptable for date night thanks to a wide neckline that can be tugged down for an off-the-shoulder style and a tan Ultrasuede sports bra and matching capris that are comfortable enough for an outdoor hike.Sadeghi doesn't compromise on comfort. On a recent weeklong trip to New York, she found it annoying that a miniskirt with a cutaway hem kept riding up due to an ill-fitting waistband. So she eliminated the piece from her collection.Another constant in her designs is her past experience as a professional cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers. "That's why there is a sport influence in everything I do and has become my signature," she said.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)