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.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."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.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.
“I design by visualization. I see things, and most of the time they’re not practical to actually make, and what I’ve found here, it’s like anything’s possible. This is the first time that I’ve made a sole unit in two months. That process usually would take six, so here’s a difference,” said @virgilabloh of the first sneaker sample he created for @louisvuitton, pictured here. Abloh spoke to WWD about his debut collection for Louis Vuitton, creating @kendalljenner’s #metgala outfit and redefining the heritage brand. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @alfredo_piola)
The world’s largest producer of denim @iskodenim is sharing the strategy behind its product development process. Read our full interview with ISKO’s product development manager Baris Ozden on the company’s extensive research practices, upcoming denim trends and the latest material innovations on WWD.com. #iskodenim
“I genuinely fell in love with water, I fell in love with Fiji, I fell in love with the whole life that we lived for those few months,” says @mrsamclaflin of filming for his new movie “Adrift” with @shailenewoodley. The 31-year-old actor spoke with WWD about his upcoming projects, meeting Jamie Dornan and working with co-star Woodley. #wwdeye (📷: @jamstoker)
3 years ago, fans of the late singer Aaliyah started calling for a collaboration with @maccosmetics. With the strength of social media — including mock ups of products — 25,000 people signed a Change.org petition for a limited-edition collection, and MAC couldn’t ignore the buzz. Tomorrow, MAC will unveil MAC x Aaliyah, a tribute to the singer who passed away nearly 17 years ago. Head to our stories to preview the new collection, which was worked on by Aaliyah’s family and inspired directly by her makeup bag. #wwdbeauty
Artistic director @clarewaightkeller will be dedicating @givenchyofficial’s fall 2018 couture show in Paris on July 1 to house founder Hubert de Givenchy, who passed away in March at age 91. Givenchy said the collection would be “an homage to his iconic creations, technique, and personal lexicon” and a “celebration of his timeless elegance and grace.” Head to WWD.com to read more. #wwdfashion (📷: Delphine Achard)
La Double J made a name for itself with its vintage-inspired prints, but for resort, designer JJ Martin has ventured into new territory: enter rich jewel toned solids and decadent embellishment, in the form of appliqués, crystals and sequins. #wwdfashion #resort19 #ladoublej
This Just In: J. Crew Group has named Johanna Uurasjarvi as its chief design officer.
Uurasjarvi succeeds Somsack Sikhounmuong, who left the company last September. Tap the link in bio for the full report. #wwdnews
“She came into my hotel room and she was like, ‘I have Chanel and Christian Dior.’ She was like, ‘Chanel likes you.’ And I was like, ‘I’m going to start crying,’” breakout star Maddie Hasson tells WWD of her styling sessions Molly Dickson. “I really like classic, elegant things. I love the way Anna Wintour dresses.” Read more about Hasson’s role in @impulseseries on wwd.com. (📸: @jgreenery ) #wwdeye
@virgilabloh revealed he's working with Australian stylist and
Vogue Australia fashion director @christinecentenera for his debut @louisvuitton men's collection, which will be presented in Paris on June 21. Centenera met Abloh while both working with Kanye West, where she consulted on his all his runway collections since his debut spring 2012 women's wear show. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews (📷: @asussmanphoto)