SUPIMA SHAKES UP FORMAT: Organizers of Prefab: The Supima Premium Fabric Show are making changes for the show’s fourth edition. The show will move to a one-day format, occurring July 15 at Gotham Hall in Manhattan, and concluding with a runway show featuring designs from Supima’s inaugural design contest. Supima will host an open call for “emerging designers” on June 17 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Thompson Hotel in SoHo to choose the runway show participants. RADICI ISSUES AWARDS: RadiciSpandex Corp. staged its annual “Stretch to the Future” cocktail party last month for three winning design students at the Italian Trade Commission offices in Manhattan. The awards were presented by designer judge and honoree Marc Bouwer; Luciano Radici, regional director of the Americas for Radici Group, and Marty Moran, chief executive officer of the parent company.
The winning students from Kent State University were Jenni Smas, who won the $5,000 grand prize for eveningwear created with fabrics by Milliken & Co., Andrew Spargo for swimwear rendered with fabrics from Darlington Fabrics and Sextet fabrics, and Sydney Sustarsic, for lingerie design with fabrics by Milliken and Startex. Both Spargo and Sustarsic won $2,000.
B&B SETS FABRIC FAIR: German trade show giant Bread & Butter has created a fabric fair that will run alongside its street and urbanwear event in Barcelona. Dubbed The Source, the show will run from July 2 to 4.
So far 60 exhibitors have confirmed for the debut event, which will host around 100 brands. Within the next year, the organizers expect the fair to grow to include around 200 exhibitors. Denim and sportswear mills, along with accessories manufacturers, will show in hall six, with flats, wools and leather producers in hall seven. The event will include a panel discussion with the world’s leading denim designers.
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion