Franck Malègue has had a long-standing love affair with New York City, so it's no surprise that he chose Manhattan as the location for his first store outside of Paris.The owner and designer of Éclectic, a men's outerwear brand, will open a 1,600-square-foot store at 27 Greene Street, next to The Webster, early next year. It will join his two shops in Paris, in Le Marais and off the Avenue Montaigne, and a concession shop at Le Bon Marché.The Paris-born Malègue started Éclectic in 2011 after spending several years in brand development for cosmetics, accessories and ready-to-wear companies. The tight collection of coats and jackets blends traditional designs with high-tech materials in a line he describes as "active tailoring," or "tailored urbanwear" that "bridges together durability, functionality and elegance."Éclectic offers around 80 styles and each piece uses a canvas interlining in the front panels and lapels to give the garments shape and employs technical fibers and fabrics such as Cordura, Airnet, bi-stretch cotton and microfibers to provide wind- and water-repellency, stretch and other properties for today's active man. One example is a sport coat in a 3-D mesh that Nike uses for its shoes."These are things today's man wants, especially those who travel," Malègue said. "You can wear it from a business meeting to dinner," and if it starts raining on the way, he'll also be protected. "They're traditional enough for classic men and innovative enough to have an edge," he added.Each garment can take artisans in Italy up to 15 hours to produce, and requires a personal touch to explain their unique properties, which is why Malègue eschews wholesale. Eighty percent of the collection is seasonless, with a few models that phase in and out depending on season. And his collection never goes on sale."I call it slow fashion," Malègue said. "Because there's such a long development process, we had to be creative in our product and business model."Prices are high-end, with most jackets retailing for around $1,000, short coats for $1,000 to $1,200 and long coats for $1,200 to $1,680. The line tops out with an alpaca model for $2,000. "Men are willing to invest in their wardrobe and keep things longer," he said.Éclectic also offers a demi-measure program where off-the-rack garments are personalized for an extra 100 euros and available within four weeks.Malègue, who moved to New York when he was 21 after finishing business school, returned to his native Paris to launch Eclectic — "I wanted my brand to be born in Paris, but it's very cosmopolitan," he said — but he visits the States frequently. He said 20 percent of Éclectic's sales are from American customers, primarily New Yorkers, so it was logical to choose the city as the location for his first international store. "It was a no-brainer," he said.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)