CATALOG COUTURE: France’s mail-order giants La Redoute and 3 Suisses have scored some hot designer exclusives for next spring. Redoute’s “Designer of the Season” is Azzedine Alaia, while 3 Suisses boasts curvy outfits from Vivienne Westwood. Redoute also has Joseph, Mariot Chanet, GR 816, Véronique Leroy and Christophe Lemaire for the first time, in addition to Corinne Cobson and lingerie by Jean Colonna, which have been in the catalog before.
Prices are low, by designer standards. Alaia’s pink acrylic and viscose knit teddy sells for about $85; a khaki army jacket and pants from GR 816 sell for $66 each; Cobson’s pink crepe viscose tunic and printed wrap skirt sell for $88 and $52, respectively. At 3 Suisses, Westwood’s most expensive item is a form-fitting structured jacket for $178; otherwise, her pieces, which include a men’s-style striped shirt and miniskirt, all sell for less than $75.
Redoute plans to launch an abridged version of its catalog in the U.K., starting with fall 1995. This English version, however, will not have the designer goods, due to exclusivity agreements between the designers and La Redoute in France.
LONDON’S BOOM: London’s retail scene is boiling, with international designers opening stores left and right. The new DKNY store owner Christina Ong plans to open a Donna Karan freestanding boutique on Bond Street, the same street where the DKNY shop opened in October. Ong also plans a Prada store on Sloane Street and may open another Emporio Armani shop on Bond Street, in addition to her two other Emporio stores in London.
A Nicole Farhi shop bowed on Bond Street, and Joan & David and Blumarine shops opened nearby. Dolce & Gabbana hit London with a Bond Street entry and Calvin Klein has been seeking a site in the city for the last 18 months.