MCQUEEN TO LAUNCH JEANS COLLECTION

NEW YORK — Alexander McQueen is set to give the designer denim market a jolt of his edgy style and razor-sharp tailoring.
The British designer announced Tuesday he’s set to launch his first jeans collection for women and men this fall, labeled McQueens. It will be produced by his licensing partner, Gibo, the Florence, Italy-based manufacturer that also makes McQueen’s signature collections.
Although McQueen has often featured denim looks prominently in his signature lines, the new jeans collections will boast an array of jeans and jean jackets in a variety of washes and fabrics, as well as printed T-shirts, dresses and leather pieces.
Retail prices are set to range from about $90 for T-shirts up to $1,280 for a leather jacket, said a spokesman for Onward Kashiyama USA Inc., which will distribute the collections in North America out of its showroom at 499 Seventh Avenue. Jeans, almost all of them marked by a very low rise that is a McQueen signature, will retail for about $200 and up. The first women’s line consists of about 80 pieces.
Kashiyama’s various affiliates will handle distribution throughout Europe and Asia. The first deliveries are expected to be in stores by July. McQueen could not immediately be reached for comment.
Kashiyama USA also announced Tuesday that it will begin distributing a women’s collection called Peplum by Paris-based Japanese designer Yoshiki Hishinuma. The line is based on pleated fabrics and packaged in opaque plastic tube-shaped containers.

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