Designer Richard Tyler and his wife, Lisa Trafficante, accompanied by their seven-month-old son Edward, showed up for lunch at the Saks flagship last week, where the designer chatted with about 45 invited guests and store executives before narrating a showing of the fall collection.
Bestsellers from last week’s event included six chocolate wool twill pinstripe jackets, $995, with matching pants, $495; five chocolate jacquard feather-pattern vests at $555; eight four-button black wool cavalry jackets at $1,095; six navy wool tuxedo jackets, $1,155, with matching satin slim pants, $575; fand 10 black georgette dresses with feather trim at $715.
Ball said that during June, Anne Klein had done trunk shows at “a cross-section of national stores and specialty stores,” including Saks stores in San Francisco, Atlanta and Chicago; Tootsie’s in Houston; Neiman Marcus in Dallas and Houston; and Bloomingdale’s in Boston. Ball said the trunk shows have been averaging about $100,000.
NEW LOOKS FOR X-AM: Sun Apparel,the jeanswear company that manufactures the X-Am line of junior denim for mass market retailers, has signed a license with the New York knitwear company House of Ronnie.
The licensee will create groups that will reflect current fashion trends, according to Michelyn Camen, director of marketing for X-Am. The first shipment is slated for holiday delivery, and is expected to do between $7 million and $10 million in its first year.