The Woolmark Co. has forged an alliance with CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative winner Erin Snow, the fashion and performance wear brand. They will develop a women's wear-focused capsule collection composed of Australian Merino wool outerwear, skiwear and performance apparel for fall/winter 2018.Erin Isakov, designer of Erin Snow, won the inaugural CFDA + Lexus Fashion Inititative last spring, taking home the top prize of $150,000.According to Isakow, wool-outfitted skiers, climbers and outdoor enthusiasts for generations, but was replaced by synthetics in the Seventies. Her brand was one of the sport brands to pioneer the return of performance wool to ski fashion more than 10 years ago. She called the collaboration with The Woolmark Co. for a complete capsule “very fitting.” The fall 2018 collection draws inspiration from late-Sixties film “Downhill Racer,” and evokes vintage sport style mixed with the performance benefits of Merino wool."Skiwear holds a special connection with Merino wool, and one which will forever be connected by the fiber’s most well-known benefit: warmth,” said Stuart McCullough, managing director of The Woolmark Co. “Yet wool skiwear has come a long way since the bulky sweater of the 1970s, with Merino wool emerging as the ultimate performance fiber for luxury activewear.”The capsule collection consists of 12 pieces ranging from pants, mid-layers and outerwear using Australian Merino wool. Knits are priced to retail from $125 to $250, while performance outerwear will retail from $550 to $1,200.Private appointments will take place in Denver from Jan. 24 through 27, and will occur in New York beginning in February. Following an exclusive period with select global retailers, distribution will be widened to include existing Erin Snow retailers such as Paragon Sports in New York, Sporting Life in Canada, St. Bernard in Texas and The Montage Resort in Deer Valley, Utah. The collection will be delivered starting in September 2018.Erin Snow launched a niche luxury winter sports brand in 2003, and the collection is sold in ski shops in the U.S. and Canada.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.