OH THOSE PEARLS: That wool suit with the half-million-dollar buttons by Oscar de la Renta is coming to the U.S.
The suit, which is priced at $520,000, made its debut in Paris during the Pierre Balmain spring couture show last month. It will be shown at Fashion Group International’s semiannual audiovisual presentation of the Paris couture shows, scheduled for next Wednesday.
Made of black wool, it has five pearl buttons valued at $100,000 each, as reported. It will be on display in the eighth-floor auditorium of the Time Life Building, 1271 Sixth Avenue, New York. Show times for Fashion Group International are 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. De la Renta will be a guest moderator for a panel discussion on couture fashion and business trends following the final show.
“The suit is arguably the most expensive daytime suit ever shown in the 147-year history of Paris haute couture,” said Marylou Luther, the show’s creative director and a former fashion editor for the Los Angeles Times. “It’s the costliest I’ve seen in the 40 years I’ve been covering haute couture.”
The designer’s spokeswoman said last week that the suit is still available for purchase.
SANTA FE TRAIL: Rousso Apparel Group has launched an affiliated outerwear company called Santa Fe Sport. Victor Rousso, president of Rousso Apparel, an active sportswear firm, is a partner in Santa Fe with Joe Tano. Tano was a principal of Desperado, an active outerwear and sportswear firm that is no longer in business.
“We’re describing the line as street-active outerwear,” Tano said.
“We’ve got parkas, barn jackets, ski bubbles and peplums in nylon and no-pill fleece done with Thermoloft and polyester fiberfill linings. Women want a variety of outerwear choices that fit particular lifestyles.”
Tano projects first-year sales of $3 million to $5 million.
The line, which wholesales for $50 to $120, opened last month for fall retailing in major department stores. Santa Fe is located in Rousso’s offices, 1407 Broadway, New York.
WILLIWEAR’S NEW MAN: Outerwear veteran Selman Lazofsky has joined Cool Wave Clothing, which holds the license for WilliWear women’s outerwear, as vice president and national sales manager.
Lazofsky had been president of the licensed Misty Harbor division of Amerex USA for two years. He was at London Fog Industries from 1978 to 1994, rising to vice president and national sales manager of the women’s division.
Lazofsky reports to Joel Epstein, president of Cool Wave, and will be based at the company’s showroom at 1385 Broadway, New York. He will oversee showroom sales and hire a road sales force.
The outerwear line, the 11th license for WilliWear, opened for spring. The fall collection includes leather, nylon, cotton, fleece, microfiber and insulated outerwear, with many styles featuring the WilliWear logo. It wholesales from $50 for a basic cotton jacket to $300 for a long leather coat.
The line is produced in Hong Kong, China and South Korea.