Brand Name: SunneiDesigners: Simone Rizzo and Loris MessinaHow Long in Business: The brand was established in 2014.Aesthetic: “We grew up in the Nineties. Our brand is a mix between MTV, extremely clean lines and white. It’s hyper-minimal with an ultra-pop touch," said Rizzo.Why It Was Chosen: The cool and effortless silhouettes and the brand’s playful mood have quickly helped Sunnei build a cult following. Stripes are the label’s signature and the label is already available at 60 specialty stores.What’s Your Dream: “We would like to be able to have spaces containing product and our friends’ music and art around the world, similar to our Spazio Sunnei in Milan,” said Rizzo. — LUISA ZARGANI Brand Name: N0. 21Designer: Alessandro Dell’AcquaHow Long in Business: Fashion veteran Alessandro Dell’Acqua rebounded from losing his trademark label in 2009 by making a comeback with No. 21. Launched as a women’s wear project in the premium contemporary zone, it expanded into men’s wear in 2013 and children’s wear in 2016.Aesthetic: Everyday staples, combining athletic references with high-end traditional sartorial codes and touches of romanticism, including sorbet colors and lace.Why It Was Chosen: A pioneer in the Italian contemporary market, No. 21 built a name for itself with cool, polished collections produced by Italian manufacturer Gilmar, which holds a 30 percent stake in the label.What’s Your Dream: “My dream is definitely to replicate the same success of the women’s line with men’s wear,” said Dell’Acqua, noting men’s accounts for around 20 percent of the business. No. 21 closed 2016 with revenues of 52 million euros, operates 15 stores and expects to inaugurate new doors in Russia, South Korea and Hong Kong. — ALESSANDRA TURRA Brand Name: Palm AngelsDesigner: Francesco RagazziHow Long in Business: Moncler art director Francesco Ragazzi presented his first skater-inspired Palm Angels men’s collection to buyers in January 2015. The first full women’s collection was introduced for summer 2018.Aesthetic: “Showing a new take on the signature American men’s style" is how Ragazzi defines Palm Angels, which has become more flamboyant and infused with youthful rebellion, such as tracksuits in vibrant colors.Why It Was Chosen: Among the streetwear brands that are influencing the Milanese fashion scene, Palm Angels has been worn by Pharrell Williams and A$AP Rocky. Its latest fashion show, inspired by Californian surf culture, included a dramatic black beach dotted with dump trucks.What’s Your Dream: Ragazzi aims to “revolutionize the concept of retail experience.” Clues can be found at the Palm Angels’ Lonely Hearts Club temporary store in Tokyo, conceived to resemble a chic strip club. — A.T. Brand Name: BodeDesigner: Emily Adams BodeHow Long in Business: A graduate of The New School's Parsons School of Fashion, Bode launched her men's wear line in 2016.Aesthetic: Bode takes a sentimental view of the past and mixes it with modern men's wear silhouettes and women-centric traditions of quilting, mending and appliqué.Why It Was Chosen: Bode has a clear talent for mixing textures, colors and textiles in an intriguing way - making the antique seem modern,What’s Your Dream: "With Bode, I want to reinvigorate American-made luxury through weaving storytelling into products and bringing quality back with American craftsmanship," she says. "So, instead of coming from aspirational lifestyles and fast fashion and trends, I am working from a place of family histories and celebrating those techniques, virtues and ideals." — ARIA HUGHES Brand Name: Y/ProjectDesigner: Glenn MartensHow Long in Business: He took over the creative helm of Y/Project in 2013 following the untimely death of cofounder Yohan Serfaty. He had been Serfaty’s first assistant. Before that, the graduate of Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts worked at Jean Paul Gaultier and with Bruno Pieters on a capsule collection for Weekday.Aesthetic: Martens likes to tumble together disparate references, from classical tailoring to streetwear to offbeat historical references. Signatures include exaggerated swirling volumes and ruched denim.Why It Was Chosen: He scooped up the 2017 ANDAM Grand Prize — with an endowment of $280,000 — and recently took on new factory partners in France and Portugal. The spring collection introduced a new elegance.What’s Your Dream: “We take it step by step," he says. "I just hope we keep on having as much fun as we are having now.” — KATYA FOREMAN Brand Name: MSGMDesigner: Massimo GiorgettiHow Long in Business: The brand was founded by Giorgetti in 2009.Aesthetic: “Surely positive, irreverent, ironic and consistent. It’s fashion that does not take itself too seriously. As I always say, they are just clothes: I want them to be effervescent and to communicate joy," says Giorgetti. Since leaving as creative director of Pucci in April, Giorgetti said it has "helped me grow, understand who I am, what I like, what my world is."Why It Was Chosen: Giorgetti is consistently growing the men’s wear division, offering a new spin on tailoring and exploring a more sophisticated sensibility.What’s Your Dream: Calling the U.S. "a dream," Giorgetti hopes to one day open a store in New York. "Perhaps in SoHo, which I love. As reported in June, sources say Italian private equity firm Style Capital is eyeing the purchase of a stake in MSGM, which is controlled by Giorgetti and Italy's Gruppo Paoloni. Sources say the deal could be finalized in September or October. — L.Z.
Exclusive: @isabelmarant and @lorealmakeup have teamed up to create a capsule makeup collection. "She is rather natural in the day but doesn't have time to go back home before going out [in the evening] and redo her entire beauty look," said Marant on the 5 products included in the collection, which will launching in September. Read @jenniferbethweil's interview with the designer on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty
After 17 years, Tomas Maier is leaving @bottegaveneta. “I am deeply grateful to him and I personally thank him for the work he accomplished, and for the exceptional success he helped to achieve,” said François-Henri Pinault, head of parent company @kering_official. Head to WWD.com for more on his departure. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: Davide Maestri)
@shaymitchell is no stranger to teaming up with beauty brands, but she’s made her latest partnership official: She’s signed with @buxomcosmetics as global creative brand ambassador, WWD learned exclusively. Mitchell and Buxom will collaborate on campaign development, social media strategy and content and new product and shade development. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
Today we’re at the WWD Retail 20/20 Forum where industry leaders will be talking about the future of shopping for fashion, footwear and beauty. Tune in on Instagram Live at 9 am and 3:30 pm to hear from two of our speakers –– @therealreal’s Rati Levesque and @bandier’s Stephen Ippolito. #wwdsummits (📷: @elizaflorendo)
Seen last night at @coach’s launch party for “Life Coach,” an interactive pop-up in Soho: @joansmalls. Open now, visitors of the pop-up can engage in themes of “creativity and self-expression,” through tarot, carnival games, live performances and art. See the rest of the party pics on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @vnina)
“We figure there’s enough cynicism to go around the world right now let’s go out there and be ourselves, let’s be enthusiastic, let’s have positive energy, which is something I think a lot of people really want and need right now,” said musician @joshgroban ahead of hosting the Tony Awards with @sarabareilles. Read @leighn’s interview with Groban on how he picked his look for the night, his next record and more on WWD.com. #wwdeye #tonyawards (📷: @vnina)
“Rock as an attitude and not a uniform. Street as a style and not just clothing. Sportswear as the new normality,” @paul_surridge said of his first @roberto_cavalli men’s wear collection, previewed here. The British designer joined the brand as the creative director in May 2017, and is gearing up to unveil his debut for the label with a runway show at the Florence Charterhouse on June 13 at #PittiUomo. Head to WWD.com to read more about his collection and see more sneak peek photos. #wwdfashion (📷: @simonelezzi)