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Topco Sales has added Priscila Martinez to the team as sales account manager, bringing with her four years of industry experience.
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LELO announced today that Cameron Long-Tel has been tapped as the pleasure product company’s new sales manager for U.K. and Ireland.
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THE BEAT GOES ON: Faith Connexion and Swizz Beatz are making things official.
The rapper, DJ and producer, who has long been a fan of the collaborative label, has designed a capsule collection of 11 pieces that will be shown at the brand’s spring 2019 presentation in Paris on June 21, and hit stores this fall.
The items, which include hoodies, T-shirts, tracksuits and leather jackets, feature art by Nina Chanel Abney. Swizz Beatz collects works by the African-American artist, who explores race, gender, pop culture and politics in her brightly colored paintings, watercolors and collages.
“I love being partners with Faith because it’s the brand of freedom and the future. It’s also an honor to be working with the amazing Nina Chanel, who is a true artist in every form,” he said in a statement.
Faith Connexion president Maria Buccellati noted the tie-up was part of a long tradition of bringing together “creative souls” at the label, which has previously worked with influencer Sita Abellan, street artists Vincent Dacquin and Pisco Logik, and brands including Disney, Kappa and K-Way, among others.
CalExotics has tapped MSR Communications to help expand the brand’s visibility, it was announced today.
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Moschino, who took the “cheap and chic” ethos to a literal level with a diffusion line of the same name, is getting back into the high-low game with an H&M collaboration unveiled in the wee hours of its annual Saturday night party during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
The tie-up was made in a surprise reveal during the annual dance party at the Corona Yacht Club near the festival grounds, just after midnight. Designer Jeremy Scott, who presided over the star-studded party, his 12th turn at the festival, should have no trouble translating his Moschino designs into less expensive and just as cheerful versions for the Swedish fast-fashion retailer.
Every year, fashion lovers and bargain hunters alike anticipate news of H&M’s latest designer collaboration the way sports fans wait for draft day. It’s hard at this point, after 16 years of the high-low mash-ups — the first of which was with Karl Lagerfeld in 2004 — to say which collaboration has been the most spot-on. The Moschino effort may just be one of the more popular, judging from the way fans have snapped up Scott’s designs since he took over as creative director in 2013.
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HEAR MY SONG: First film, now music. Having commissioned leading filmmakers including Gregg Araki and Sean Baker to create short films, Kenzo has tapped singer-songwriter Karen O to record an original song, and writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour to direct the accompanying film.
Titled “Yo! My Saint,” the track will be released on Jan. 12 across more than 50 streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Pandora, Deezer and Google Play Music. A companion limited-edition vinyl is to go on sale on Jan. 22 in Kenzo stores and online.
While championing female talent is nothing new for Kenzo creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, the project marks the first time the label has released an original song. Others brands which have produced music include Burberry, which supports British artists via its Burberry Acoustic initiative, and Kitsuné, which has its own record label.
Best known as the frontwoman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, O — whose full name is Karen Lee Orzolek — frequently works with director Spike Jonze, another member of Kenzo’s extended tribe of creative collaborators. The two were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “The Moon Song,” which appeared on the soundtrack of Jonze’s movie “Her.”
Patrick Demarchelier is behind the new, moody pre-collection campaign for Kris Van Assche’s slinky Dior Homme designs for spring.
The photographer, who’s a frequent Dior collaborator, took cues from the strictly black and white color palette for the spring 2018 Dior Homme collection in his shots of stern, but fine-featured young men in a capsule collection of sharp evening looks.
The noir-heavy photos more than show off the louche tailoring of the collection — black layers of a mock turtleneck, dress shirt, tie and jacket are barely decipherable and most of the photos are half-shrouded in shadow — but Van Assche’s wish to reinterpret formalwear is apparent. He’s even dubbed the collection “Black Carpet.”
“The idea of the Black Carpet was to convey the energy and rebel attitude of the runway collection in a capsule collection of eveningwear, while playing with the embellishment codes and the know-how of Dior, reworking the evening suit by pushing it in a more extreme interpretation,” Van Assche said.
Dior Homme spring 2018 capsule campaign by Patrick Demarchelier.
The campaign is a departure from Dior’s spring 2017 men’s ads featuring the likes of Boy George and A$ AP Rocky, which showed more personalized styling and pops of color, as did the
THE A-TEAM: Benetton is once again teaming with Oliviero Toscani on a communication campaign that is expected to bow on Dec. 1. The Italian fashion company is thus renewing a collaboration with the photographer that made history in the Eighties and Nineties for its controversial photos and campaigns that shines a light on issues such as the death penalty, AIDS, racism and homosexuality. His explicit and transgressive campaigns for United Colors of Benetton included images of a sensual kiss between a priest and a nun or a black horse mounting a white one, for example.
While Luciano Benetton no longer has an operative role within the family-owned company, it is understood he has played a significant part in reigniting the collaboration with Toscani, posting on Facebook a photo of himself and the photographer with the caption, “I think it is the right time to start having fun.” The group has been revamping its operations, cleaning up its network of stores, refurbishing and streamlining it and refocusing its product offer in a bid to further develop the United Colors of Benetton brand.
Nordstrom begins opening its New York flagship complex with a men’s store next year and the main women’s store the year after. But it appears the Seattle-based retailer is eager to identify with the Big Apple and one of its most famous cultural institutions by opening a holiday gift shop in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art’s MoMA Design Store. It’s a pop-up shop for the The Pop-in@Nordstrom program that’s online and in eight key Nordstrom stores.
On Friday, the MoMA shops opened in Nordstrom’s Bellevue Square, Wash. store; CF Pacific Centre, Vancouver; CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Canada; NorthPark Center, Dallas, and South Coast Plaza, Calif. stores. Prices range from $ 10 for coasters disguised as toast to $ 6,000 for a giant clock made up of 24 smaller, round clocks choreographed to form one digital display. There are also other gifts handpicked by Olivia Kim, vice president of creative projects at Nordstrom, and her buying team. “I’ve always been a huge fan of MoMA Design Store and their ability to thoughtfully consider the most interesting, exclusive and enticing products from around the world,” said Kim.
Pop-in@Nordstrom features gifts from the MoMA Design Store.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Kenzo’s Carol Lim and Humberto Leon are known for their experimental approach to campaign films.
This season, for the launch of their Kenzo Season Zero collection, the design duo embarked on an adventure with three young filmmakers – Mati Diop, Baptist Penetticobra and Eduardo Williams – whose work they felt encapsulates the theme of the season: “a singular relationship with the world.” Their brief: “How do we inhabit Earth today in 2017?”
Described in a press release from the house as “mixed, expatriated, nomads,” Williams hails from Argentina, Diop is French and Penetticobra is French but L.A.-based.
Williams’ work, “Tzzd,” follows the dream of an elf who nods off in the metro in Buenos Aires, winding through three countries and two continents and moving from cool to warm colors, with locations ranging from a Buenos Aires fruit and vegetable shop to a dark cave.
Diop’s film, “Olympus,” captures her brother, model Gard Diop, bicycling through Paris in moonlight, and Penetticobra’s “Untitled (Juice),” presented in a vertical format, stars Karmesha Clark playing a modern-day, black Mona Lisa rapping about orange juice.
The films can be viewed on international streaming platform lecinemaclub.com, ending Nov. 9.
Showcasing both emerging and established filmmakers, the platform, which presents
Men’s wear brand Original Penguin has tapped New York-based indie band AJR for its spring campaign, to be released in February of next year. Brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan Met were in Los Angeles this week to shoot the campaign as well as the music video for their single “Come Hang Out,” off their new album “The Click,” a version of which will also serve as the video campaign for OP’s spring collection.
Adam, Jack and Ryan Met of AJR.
“The shoot is some performance and some facial expressions, sort of like acting,” said Jack Met, explaining the concept of the video. “We are at a crazy party, but we are so busy performing that we don’t really notice the party going on around us,” he said.
Adam Met explained that it’s their first time linking with a fashion brand. “Original Penguin has great style, great simplicity and a throwback vibe that mirrors our style as a band. I also like the juxtapositions in the line, like a Seventies print shirt with Nineties pants. It’s sort of our like our music, a post-modern mix.”
The band of brothers, who have been playing together for 12 years, got their start as street performers in
COLLECTING FANTASIES: Caroline Issa has channeled her fantasies in the artworks she has curated for the upcoming Sotheby’s “Contemporary Curated” sale in London.
The fashion director and chief executive officer of Tank magazine is joining the likes of Erdem Moralioglu, Anya Hindmarch and Michael Clark, who have all participated as guest curators in the ongoing initiative by Sotheby’s.
Issa said the collaboration with Sotheby’s “has been a mixture of education and rediscovery, finding things that catch one’s eye, seeking out unusual or rare finds, and looking up the artists or historical pieces that were new to me,” said Issa, who has always dabbled in art.
Tank magazine has had art as one of its key subjects, while her aunt Rose Issa is known as one of the first curators of contemporary Iranian and Middle Eastern art.
“Art, just as much as fashion, often inspires an entire issue of the magazine, a photo shoot we conceive and can be a springboard for a brand campaign or a look. It can also confuse, madden and induce euphoria,” she said.
The pieces Issa chose for the auction are a mix of photography, watercolor paintings, sculpture and other mixed media pieces.
“Some of the works spoke to me because they
Sita Abellan is bolstering her design cred. The model, DJ and self-described “technoprincess” teamed with Faith Connexion for its first capsule collection, out next week.
“It was amazing to work on this capsule with Faith Connexion,” said Abellan, who modeled for the brand’s summer 2017 look book. “It felt [like] I could really express myself without boundaries. I’m very happy about this collaboration.”
Inspired by the song “Typical Girls” by female punk-rock group The Slits, the capsule collection puts forth nine pieces that embody Abellan’s devil-may-care attitude. These include: black tulle leggings, a Nineties-inspired poplin minidress, a mesh-and-tulle robe, high-waisted stretch silk leather trousers, a black silk jumpsuit, a mini cargo vest, motorcycle trousers and a metallic blue calfskin biker jacket adorned with 2,500 studs. There’s also a top made entirely of “Faith” patches that pays homage to the brand while exemplifying Abellan’s enthusiasm for DIY. Most of the designs incorporate her signature shade (and current color of her hair): electric blue.
“Sita is the eyes of the new generation and through the collaboration with Faith we captured this mood through her electric touch and her identifiable iconic blue used throughout the collection,” said Maria Buccellati, Faith Connexion’s president.
Abellan’s previous collaborations include a capsule with Misbhv
LOOK AT DIZ: Balmain has lined up Txampi Diz as the house’s first chief marketing officer.
After more than 15 years at KCD Worldwide, Diz has exited as senior vice president and managing director of KCD Paris. What he won’t be relinquishing is an advisor role to KCD’s executive board of directors. Balmain is one of the American agency’s largest clients. Balmain’s team works with KCD’s offices in New York, Paris and London across all of its divisions — media relations, creative services and digital.
In step with Diz’s news, KCD Paris has promoted Alexis Arnault and Michele Giacalone to managing directors. Previously, the two men held the title of vice president of public relations. They will work with agency partner and managing director Laurence Laure. Arnault and Giacalone have been with the agency for 14 years and 6 years respectively.
In this new post, Diz is to oversee marketing, advertising, media relations and digital responsibilities. He will report to chief executive officer Massimo Piombini and he will work closely with creative director Olivier Rousteing. Diz has been very much part of Rouesting’s inner circle as he has amassed a colossal social media following, due partially to big-name fans like Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and
Actor Shawn Yue will appear as the first local brand ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger men’s wear in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan for fall 2017 and spring 2018.
The exclusive partnership reflects Hilfiger’s continued commitment to expand in Asia, its fastest-growing region. The campaign goes live Friday.
“We’ve seen exciting growth in both the overall business and brand awareness in China over the past few years. Our partnership with Shawn will solidify our position in the market and introduce our men’s wear business to a new consumer,” Tommy Hilfiger said Wednesday.
“He is at the center of pop culture in China, known for his incredible talent and is celebrated by young fashion followers across Asia for his cool, sophisticated style. He truly is a reflection of today’s Tommy Guy,” he added.
Asia is a key market for Hilfiger, which it entered in 2002 as one of the first premium designer brands. The company’s overall business in China, including e-commerce and stores, increased 14 percent in 2016. The brand has expanded its current store count to 357 from 100 stores in 2011. By year-end, Hilfiger expects to have 405 stores. Having launched e-commerce in China in 2012, Hilfiger became one of the first international
Lovehoney has announced Eropartner as the exclusive European distributor for its Coco de Mer Pleasure Collection.
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AN AMERICAN AMBASSADOR: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned Swiss watchmaker Hublot has added a new name to its list of professional golfing brand ambassadors: Patrick Reed.
Nicknamed Captain America, Reed built his reputation at the 2014 and 2016 Ryder Cups, helping spur the U.S. team to victory at the Hazeltine National Golf Club, and was the youngest winner of the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Hublot chief executive officer Ricardo Guadalupe cited Reed’s “perseverance and commitment” to his career as a reason for the brand’s choice. The brash, fist-pumping 27-year-old joins golfers including top-ranked Dustin Johnson and Olympics gold medalist Justin Rose in partnering with the brand.
Hublot welcomed the partnership with Reed by throwing a cocktail party Tuesday at the Woodlands Country Club in Houston. Reed, who said he has a long-held affinity for Hublot watches, wore the Swiss brand’s Big Bang UNICO Titanium model.
Hublot also counts sportsmen of other disciplines to represent the brand, including runner Usain Bolt and soccer stars Pelé and Diego Maradona. Pelé and Bolt were both on hand to unveil the brand’s modern Fifth Avenue New York last year.
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NEW YORK — Tomas Maier has a new chief executive officer for his signature brand — and he’s already a high-profile executive at parent company Kering, WWD has learned.
Laurent Claquin, who will continue to head Kering Americas, takes on his additional responsibilities at Tomas Maier, effective today.
He reports to Jean-François Palus, Kering’s group managing director, and succeeds Giuseppe Giovannetti, who left the French conglomerate last week. Giovannetti’s next move could not immediately be learned.
Claquin joins the German-born designer at a busy time for his signature fashion house.
Maier recently rejiggered his boutique in Greenwich Village here into the brand’s first men’s-only flagship, and relaunched his e-commerce business through a partnership with Farfetch.
There are four other Tomas Maier stores selling men’s and women’s in the U.S. — Madison Avenue and East Hampton in New York and Bal Harbour and Palm Beach in Florida. The designer is mulling another men’s-only unit for Tokyo.
Maier, who has also served as the creative director of Bottega Veneta since 2001, founded his own brand in 1997. He entered into a venture with Kering three years ago, a move that allowed his label to expand its offering into a full lifestyle collection.
At present, 55 percent of the Maier business
ModCloth, the retro-minded e-tailer that in January brought on Matt Kaness as chief executive officer, has just hired its first fashion director.
Lizz Wasserman, who is based in Los Angeles and will work out of ModCloth’s office there, will report to Kaness and co-founder and chief creative officer Susan Koger, who are both based in the brand’s San Francisco headquarters. Wasserman will create seasonal collections for ModCloth’s line of branded apparel, which was introduced in August.
Wasserman, who studied sociology at the University of Wisconsin, has spent time at brands like Free People and Urban Outfitters, and was most recently Global Creative Director at 20th Century Fox Film.
“Her expertise will be invaluable as we grow our namesake label into a true ‘collection’ of high-quality pieces that are joyous, whimsical and make you feel your best,” Koger said.
Wasserman said that she was drawn to ModCloth’s supportive community and its vintage DNA, and described her aesthetic as “simpler silhouettes in beautiful prints and easy fabrics, with standout pieces.”
In this newly created role, Wasserman will “have an immediate impact on our product narratives, visual concepts and overall brand storytelling,” said Kaness, who also spent time at Urban Outfitters (although the two did not work there
LONDON — Tom Ford is taking to the small screen to showcase his spring 2016 collection, putting paid to speculation that he was skipping the show season altogether.
The designer has tapped Lady Gaga to appear in the film, a runway video of the collection, which was shot by Nick Knight. The online video will be released to some editors in the early hours of Friday, and everyone will be able to view it at 1 p.m. CET on the designer’s Web site.
Ford told WWD: “Instead of having a traditional show this season, I decided to try something new. I wanted to think about how to present a collection in a cinematic way that was designed from its inception to be presented online.”
Ford’s choice is no shocker. The designer-turned-film director is in full production for his second big-screen effort, “Nocturnal Animals,” and will be shooting that until the end of November. The film stars Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, and is an adaptation of the 1993 novel “Tony and Susan” by Austin Wright, which is a novel within a novel. The movie is due for release next year.
The all-star cast also includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Armie Hammer, Isla Fisher, Kim Basinger, and costume design
KERING TALKS CONSENT: The Kering Foundation has lined up such notables as Zoe Saldana, Jessica Szohr, Josh Hutcherson, Jesse Metcalfe and the Haim sisters (Este, Danielle and Alana) to headline its new PSA that emphasizes the importance of mutual consent. The PSA, which wraps up with the tagline, “If you don’t get it [consent], you don’t get it.” will be released by It’s On Us, a White House-led initiative that the Kering Foundation has partnered with.
Launched last year by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, It’s On Us is an awareness campaign that asks men and women across the country to help end campus sexual assault. As a cosponsor of the PSA and strategic partner of It’s On Us, the Kering Foundation is joining the organization’s grassroots efforts to try to shift the way people think about sexual assault on campuses. Kering, a family-owned, French publicly traded company with a 22-label portfolio including Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta and Puma is committed to preventing violence against women by supporting NGOs and social entrepreneurs who help raise awareness about the problem.
Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie are joined by 5-year-old Heavenly Joy Jerkins, a pint-sized musical powerhouse and the daughter of music producer Rodney Jerkins. She sings “In Summer,” a tune from the popular movie “Frozen,” and wows the studio with her vocal and tap dancing performance (and adorableness).
Neil Gilks has a new gig as RISD’s apparel design department head.
The British designer first got a glimpse of the students’ know-how, while working as the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s director of educational initiatives and professional development for the past few years. He also served as a guest critic for RISD students’ gearing up for the Providence, R.I. school’s annual runway collection. In that role earlier this year with fellow jury members as Derek Lam, Tina Lutz and others, Gilks doled out his share of precise, yet always humorous criticism to such former seniors as Elizabeth Hilfiger.
Gilks is not a rookie to the world of academia, having spent 13 years at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, where he earned a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees in fashion design, before going on to teach there as well.
Describing RISD as “a great hub of positive energy, which is really refreshing,” Gilks said, “You don’t feel that energy at every school. I’ve always been impressed with the level of design that’s going on here, and I think it can get even better. I’m also excited about the opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration at RISD.”
He succeeds Meg DeCubellis
KID SISTER: Ranbeeri Denim, a new line from the New York-based Central Denim design firm — which also houses the junior brand Rebel by Right and O.G. Jeans for men — has tapped Aliana “Ali” Lohan, the younger sister of Lindsay, as the star of its first campaign. The collection, designed by creative director Dorothy Antoine and set to debut this fall, focuses on denim jumpsuits, flares and skinny styles for the young contemporary market, priced from $ 49 to $ 79.
“Bryce [Thompson] shoots very quickly and knows what he wants,” Lohan told WWD. “We were dancing and laughing the entire shoot….I love photographers like that and felt right at home.”
Lohan will cohost a party this Tuesday night on the roof deck of Jimmy at the James hotel to celebrate the new line. Outside of modeling, the 21-year-old revealed another project she’s been working on: her music career. “I wouldn’t exactly call it ‘work’ because I feel it’s what I’m here to do,” she said. “I’m creating new music and am very grateful to be fulfilling my dream. I’m so excited for the whole world to hear it and I feel many people will be able to relate.”
NEW FACE: French department store chain Galeries Lafayette has tapped Louis-Gabriel Nouchi, a finalist in the 2014 edition of the Hyères Festival, to design a 15-piece capsule collection for fall set to go on sale on Sept. 23.
The collection is made up of minimalistic looks in bright colors that use abstract patterns and oversized volumes to mix feminine and masculine codes.
“The idea was to have that masculine-feminine ambivalence, on one side a very masculine woman who becomes even more feminine like that I think, and on the other side a man playing with the feminine codes without being ridiculous. It’s about the right balance between the two,” Nouchi said in a YouTube interview.
“I also really like color, because I think it’s the field in which we can try new combinations, new proportions,” he explained.
A graduate of La Cambre, Nouchi was spotted at the Hyères Festival, which Galeries Lafayette has sponsored for eight years. Recently, the retailer recruited young design duo Marius et Léonie to create a capsule collection for its Version Originale private label. It has also supported the ANDAM prize since 2003.
CHRISTMAS GETS POP: Katy Perry is the new star of H&M’s holiday campaign.
The singer, who boasts 72.5 millions followers on Twitter, is to appear in a television spot and print campaign debuting globally in November.
“H&M was one of the places where I first began cultivating my personal style. I have continued to love integrating H&M pieces into my wardrobe throughout the years,” said Perry in a statement on Thursday, adding: “One of the reasons I love the holidays is being able to dress cozy and cute, which H&M executes so well for every budget.”
Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s head of design, lauded the pop star for her energy and “her playful sense of personal style.”
Perry previously teamed up with H&M to promote the Swedish chain’s Fashion Against AIDS collection in 2009.
She is replacing Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett who fronted last year’s holiday campaign.
DIET DESIGNS: Jonathan Anderson has become the latest designer to team with Diet Coke on the brand’s bottle, and will be putting his own spin on the iconic drink with inspiration from his fall-winter 2015 women’s rtw collection. He has also designed a notebook and two T-shirts for the brand’s Regret Nothing Campaign.
Anderson’s collaboration marks the first time Diet Coke has used photographs on its bottles, and his designs will be revealed at the end of July.
The limited-edition collector’s box set will be available at Harvey Nichols stores on August 17 for £24.95. or $ 39 at current exchange. Singles bottles will be sold for £1.95, or $ 3.
“What I like and what inspires me is the idea of using photography,” Anderson says in a video he made for the collaboration. Anderson added that for the design he took inspiration from his collection, “making (the bottle) something that you wanted to touch. It’s the perfect form.” He said he used the medium of photography, “like a postcard,” and played with different types of color.
Diet Coke is no stranger to fashion collaborations and has teamed with Patricia Field and Marc Jacobs in the past. Matthew Williamson, Jean Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld have
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SAME-DAY IN THE HAMPTONS: In an effort to appeal to the jet-setting customer, the Outnet is launching a summer collection of exclusive styles from 17 brands and an ad campaign featuring Liya Kebede on June 23. Offerings will include a $ 515 Cushnie et Ochs white dress, a $ 394 Matthew Williamson caftan and an $ 85 pareo from Kebede’s LemLem collection — all part of the Outnet’s summer packing list.
When the collection launches, the Outnet will also roll out its same-day delivery service to the Hamptons, which, until now, has only been available in New York City and London. According to the Net-a-porter-owned outlet site, the Outnet shopper takes between six and nine vacations a year, and its St. Tropez-shot “Postcards From…” campaign was designed to appeal to this consumer. For those staying closer to Manhattan, the Outnet wants to make sure the Hamptons crowd can have that Oscar de la Renta dress and Melissa Joy earrings by dinner time.
PARIS — Petit Bateau has tapped Jean-Charles de Castelbajac to put a fresh spin on house classics like the striped top and sailing jacket.
The designer, known for his Pop Art-inspired creations and love of primary colors, has designed a capsule collection of a dozen items for children and adults that will go on sale at the Petit Bateau store on the Champs-Élysées and online on Oct. 12, before rolling out to some of the brand’s other stores on Oct. 19.
They include a top and a dress where the horizontal striped jersey has been spliced together diagonally to create a chevron pattern; a bright yellow rain poncho with see-through panels set into the hood; and tops featuring de Castelbajac’s whimsical drawings of characters including a young sailor.
The latter illustration was inspired by his seven-year-old grandson Balthazar, who also modeled for the collection’s look book, which was photographed by his dad Guilhem. “It’s a family affair, like the song says,” quipped the designer, also known by his initials JCDC.
He tapped into memories of childhood vacations in Brittany, in particular his first girlfriend, who wore striped tops and a yellow waxed jacket to go sailing.
“There is a mixture of femininity and functionality. I
Salt Hotels’ David Bowd and Kevin O’Shea didn’t have to look far for someone to run the shop at The Chequit, the newly reopened historic 37-room inn on Shelter Island. The duo called on Wampum, a local skate and surf-inspired clothing company, to pitch in. The Montauk-based brothers Marley and Lennon Ficalora are in charge of the ground-floor retail space in The Cottage building. There they are selling their signature designs, and a limited-edition collection for The Chequit including two-tone baseball caps, a flamingo-printed wallet and other exclusive finds.
The Ficaloras are also designing the uniforms for staffers in the property’s Red Maple Restaurant, which is slated to bow in early June with chef Richard Pims overseeing the kitchen. Around that time, The Chequit will debut its White Hill Café, geared for on-the-go guests looking for picnic-worthy homemade options, Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee and freshly made pastry by Baked at Salt Hotels. In the meantime, The Chequit Raw Bar is up-and-running.
Belgium's Stromae brought in a fellow superstar from across the Atlantic, Kanye West, in a surprise Sunday on the final day of the Coachella festival. Stromae was performing his dance-and-song show at the festival in the southern California desert when West suddenly appeared — to applause — to join "Alors On Danse," a major hit in the French-speaking world in 2009 and 2010, according to numerous social media posts. While unannounced, the appearance had history to it as West previously recorded a hip-hop remix of "Alors On Danse" aimed at the North American market. Coachella, one of the most influential global music festivals, is well-known for its surprise appearances, although they have generally been more common in the first of the two weekends.