MILAN — Innovation, creativity and high-end quality emerged as the key elements of the fall 2018 collections presented at the 93rd edition of three-day international leather trade show Lineapelle, which closed here on Oct. 6.This season, the fair registered a 2 percent increase in the number of visitors up to 21,687. Although the percentage of international buyers was stable, Lineapelle saw a 5 percent growth in Italian visitors as an effect of the reshoring strategies adopted by several fashion and accessories companies.A range of innovative products and techniques was introduced at the fair, which at the same time demonstrated that the fashion market is also rediscovering timeless classics.For next fall, Montebello, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, focused on searching new solutions to pair leather with other materials. For example, the company matched super soft leather with elastic fabrics, as well as with boiled wool with a goffered effect. Leather was also paired with a copper net to obtain a futuristic look.“This new product doesn’t only guarantee a new aesthetic result, but it is also great for people’s health because metals interact with the body enhancing well-being,” said Montebello chief executive officer Franco Dalle Mese.Montebello also offered a new take on traditional products, showing, for example, new velour-inspired iridescent effects on leather, as well as creating macro prints of archival snakeskin patterns. In addition, the company introduced the “Rodeo Chic” line, including Western-inspired hairy leather in bright tones, including a vivid China blue hue.Aiming to offer a quick, efficient service to its clients, Montebello has recently unveiled a new web site, where the company offers a stock-service of 35 products available in 1,000 different colors.“At the same time, we continue to increase our offer of tailor-made solutions developed in collaboration with fashion and accessories companies,” said Dalle Mese, adding that the company is closing 2017 with revenues of 50 million euros.“Having a rich, efficient stock service is getting more and more important because fashion companies are deeply changing their schedules and deadlines are getting closer and closer,” agreed Sciarada ceo Simone Castellani, who expects the company to close the year with a 10 percent increase in revenues compared to 2016.[caption id="attachment_11028395" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Montebello fall 2018 collection[/caption]At Lineapelle, the Tuscan tannery unveiled an impressive collection of hairy suede calf embellished with shimmering and flocked effects. As part of its upscale offering, it also presented a range of high-end reversed steer skins crafted for both luxury ready-to-wear and accessories.Along with the laminated and iridescent effects of its kangaroo leather, the glossy look of its kid and the lambskin’s wax treatments, Milan-based tannery Bonaudo introduced an American Buffalo skin with a natural finishing.Its classic and chic look returned in Russo di Casandrino’s wide selection of whole French calfskins, which featured polished surfaces with slightly tridimensional effects.The Neapolitan company also developed a range of smooth and compact lambskins crafted specifically for footwear, while pony skins came in the traditional patterns, such as leopard and camouflage designs, yet updated with bright colors and iridescent effects.“All the categories are performing well but we have to say that the footwear division is the one which is growing more,” said Russo di Casandrino international sales manager Anna Patti, adding that the company registered a very good presence of Asian clients.Putting the focus on innovation, Lombardy-based Conceria Stefania tannery debuted what was billed as the world’s first washable suede.“It is ideal for both ready-to-wear and small accessories, and it can be washed at home because it doesn’t loose its colors,” said Conceria Stefania representative Giulia Ramponi.In addition, the company presented suede leather embellished with Swarovski crystals and pearls for high-end footwear, as well as calf printed with vivid graphic and floral patterns.The next edition of Lineapelle will take place in Milan from Feb. 20 to 22.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)