The Next Now Competition is returning for its second edition. Ylang 23, the Dallas-based designer jewelry retailer, in collaboration with New York-based fashion incubator TrendSeeder, will hold the event at the Tumblr headquarters at 35 East 21st Street in New York on April 26.Up to 30 designers will have the opportunity to present a range of their collections to the panel of judges who will choose one winner. The competition will be judged by industry executives such as Marina Larroudé, fashion director at Barneys New York; Melissa Joy Manning, founder of Melissa Joy Manning; Avani Patel, founder and chief executive officer of TrendSeeder; David Rees, founder of Ten Thousand Things; Sapna Shah, founder of Red Giraffe Advisors;Ylang 23's founder Joanne Teichman; Sam Broekema, accessories director of InStyle, and Gabrielle De Papp, brand consultant.The winner will receive a presentation to and meeting with the Barneys New York jewelry buying team; a write-up on Instyle.com, and 40 hours of mentoring from Larroude, Broekema, Manning, Rees and Teichman in areas such as design, merchandising, retail, marketing and business. The winner will also have the opportunity to have an online presentation, presence and promotion on Ylang 23’s web site of consigned merchandise with possibility for purchase order and a long-term relationship. There’s also a one-year membership to TrendSeeder.Designers must apply online at www.thenextnow.us/ by April 21 at 11:59 p.m., EST. The administrators will notify those selected.Last year's winner was Kirsty Stone of Retrouvai, who went from no distribution to now being sold at Barneys in New York and Los Angeles, Five Story, Ylang 23 and Browns, as well as other retailers.
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.