RICHARD WARREN RETURNS: After a two-year hiatus, The Warren Group will revive the bridge-priced Richard Warren dress and suit collection for fall.
Co-president Richard Warren, for whom the line is named, said the new version is a “desk-to-dinner” line aimed at upscale specialty stores. The the previous incarnation, which peaked at about $24 million in volume in the late Eighties, when it was designed by Constance Saunders, was a department store brand that was “all over the place,” including daytime, social occasion and career elements, Warren noted. The line continued for two years after Saunders left, closing in 1994.
Warren projects sales of $5 million to $6 million for the collection’s first year. Design director Shaw Behzad said ensemble dressing is an important aspect of the 50-piece fall line, including jacket and dress combinations, coat and dress outfits, pantsuits and skirt suits.
Key looks include silk piquA suits, chenille jackets over tropical wool crepe skirts, a tropical bouclA coat and tricotine A-line dress and an Empire dress with animal-print velveteen trim and leather buttons.
RHODES STARTER: Eveningwear designer Patricia Rhodes has launched a line of bridge-priced evening and special-occasion clothes called PR By Patricia Rhodes. The line wholesales from $150 to $400 and will hit the stores for fall. Rhodes is based in Chicago and shows her high-end signature line, which wholesales for $750 to $3,000, at the American International Designers show at the Waldorf-
Astoria Hotel in Manhattan five times yearly. The PR line is sold from a permanent showroom at 530 Seventh Ave. and is projected to generate sales of $2 million its first year.