IMG Unfurls February Programming for NYFW: The Shows

IMG is firming up its programming during New York Fashion Week: The Shows, with a slew of in-depth conversations, fashion film screenings and a curated installation.
As reported, NYFW: The Shows takes place Feb. 6 to 13 at Spring Studios, with additional shows at Industria. In addition to the previously reported 67 participants, there are such designers as Brandon Maxwell, CAAFD Emerging Designer Showcase, Cynthia Rowley, Dennis Basso, Dion Lee, Fashion for Peace, Global Fashion Collective, Hakan Akkaya, LaQuan Smith, Turkish Designers, and Unwonted. This brings the current show count to 78.
Kicking off NYFW: The Shows is an opening night event Feb. 6 at 8:30 p.m. where Harlem’s Fashion Row and IMG will honor costume designer Ruth E. Carter with a curated installation of her work, reimagined in collaboration with fashion stylist Ibrahim Kamara.
IMG will expand on the success of last season’s NYFW: The Talks with NYFW:BTS which goes beyond the shows and behind the scenes at NYFW. Among IMG and Spring Place’s co-produced series of in-depth conversations with industry leaders and artists (which take place on the seventh floor of Spring) are:
• Front Five, presented by E!, which will go behind the scenes on Feb. 7 at 12 p.m. with

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EXCLUSIVE: Rihanna Said Readying Luxury House With LVMH

PARIS — Rihanna is getting ready for her next act in fashion, and with the world’s largest luxury group as her partner, WWD has learned.
According to multiple sources, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and the music sensation have been in secret discussions to launch a luxury house under her name. That would make it the first fashion brand industry titan Bernard Arnault has launched from scratch since Christian Lacroix in 1987.
LVMH has already handpicked a clutch of employees from within, including some from Louis Vuitton and Celine, to work on the project in tandem with Rihanna and some of her key associates, sources said.
Details about the launch and its timing could not immediately be learned. LVMH officials declined comment Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the Internet lit up with speculation about the origins of the bold, gold shades Rihanna wore while stepping out in Manhattan — her Fenty brand name spelled out across the temples. Sources said the music star was simply test-driving a prototype, while dropping a colossal tease about her next major foray beyond music.

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New Designer Spotlight: Black Iris

It all started with four close fashion friends: Aly Gradone, Candice Miller, Chloe Rosenberg and Rachel Wexler. Four women who had worked in varying aspects of the industry, while doubling down as working moms, and felt a gap in the market for romantic yet easy-to-wear pieces cohesive enough to wear from school events to social gatherings and back to the office. The four women put their heads — and skill sets — together to launch a New York-based, limited-edition contemporary women’s ready-to-wear line, Black Iris, for spring/summer 2019.
Gradone, formerly a fit model with Fashion Fit Models, works as the company’s chief merchandising officer; Miller, lifestyle blogger of Mama & Tata, handles all their social media, press and events as chief marketing officer; Rosenberg, previously having designed for Rebecca Taylor, Madewell and Angel Textiles, manages the overall brand aesthetic as the chief of design and creative director; Wexler, previously an investor at Allen & Company as well as equity research analyst at J.P. Morgan, is the company’s chief operating officer. The name “Black Iris” itself derived from the idea of the brand being as delicate and beautiful, but as “highly coveted and difficult to find as the black iris flower itself.”

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Making the Fashion System Traceable, Transparent Focus of UNECE Forum

Full transparency might still be a pipe dream for politics, but the fashion industry is edging closer to that realization.
Next month several hundred leaders — from government, NGOs, designer houses, fast-fashion labels and other sectors — will converge in Paris for a two-day forum hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. “Measuring Impact” will be the theme of the event on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector at the OECD in Paris. After an exploratory meeting last year that attracted nearly 500, the upcoming forum aims to answer such questions as, “Where are my clothes coming from?” and “How are they done?” according to UNECE’s acting head of Sustainable Trade and Outreach Unit Maria Teresa Pisani. “The objective of the project is to have consumers, as well as manufacturers, brands and others answer the question, ‘Where is this coming from? How is this made?’”
Adopted in 2017, the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector is designed to help companies meet the due diligence expectations laid out in the group’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Developed through a multi-stakeholder process, the Guidance was approved by all governments adhering to the OECD

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Lola & Leone Unveils First Amenity Partnership With Royal Blues Hotel

WORKING TOGETHER: Lola & Leone has embarked on its first amenity partnership with the Royal Blues Hotel.
The year-old fragrance brand created by Olga Litvinenko is offering its signature fragrance at the boutique hotel located in Deerfield Beach, Fla.
“The collaboration is our first location in Florida and our first collaboration of this kind,” Litvinenko said. “The hotel is focused on art, food and well-being and that’s something that we emphasize as well.”
The signature scent, which is a blend of wood oils, rose, pear, bergamot and gardenia, will be available for testing in the hotel rooms and for purchase at the hotel’s boutique. The 3.3-oz. bottle retails for $195. The brand will also have its soy-based candle, which is infused with the signature scent, available for purchase for $72.

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