Saturdays NYC Creates Line for 10th Anniversary

Saturdays NYC has ridden a wave of momentum for the past decade that has resulted in nine stores around the world as well as a popular wholesale collection. So to celebrate its 10th anniversary, the New York-based company has created a special collection for fall that is intended to speak to its “transition, movement and memories” since its founding in 2009. Classic Saturdays styles such as the Everyday Classic Sweater and the Miguel Sweater have been updated with the use of speckled yarn in saffron, green and navy and high-end fabrics such as lambswool. The William Moleskin Parka has been elevated with the addition of a M-51 style fishtail and Royal Air Force-style pockets, and the Harrison Cord Jacket and the Coney Cord Pant were each hand-splattered with bleach, creating one-of-a-kind patterns. Special commemorative prints were also created and will be used on shirts, swim trunks and shorts. A special “10” label has been used on all printed tops and outerwear. The fall collection also features a 10th anniversary bag collaboration with Porter-Yoshida that will be available in the U.S, Japan and Australia, and sunglasses by Japanese eyewear brand Eyevol for the U.S and Japanese markets. The 10th anniversary collection will be available at Saturdays

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Line Of Duty’s ‘Ted Hastings’ in talks to record album

As much-loved anti-corruption officer Ted Hastings in Line Of Duty, the memes of actor Adrian Dunbar were prolific on social media during the last series – especially a tuneful mash-up of his famous “bent coppers” saying.
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Kim Kardashian’s Shapewear Line Is Shaping Up to Make a Big Splash

Kim Kardashian’s new shapewear hasn’t hit the market yet and it’s already stirring up controversy.
The reality star and multimillionaire makeup mogul revealed her new shapewear brand Kimono on Tuesday. The launch date has not yet been set publicly, but within hours the Internet exploded with accusations of cultural appropriation since the line’s name plays off the traditional Japanese garment. 

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Still, Kimono’s Instagram following more than doubled overnight⁠ — from roughly 42,000 on Tuesday morning to 108,000 Wednesday afternoon. Clearly, some people are still excited about the arrival of the brand. 
But while some consumers seem to have mixed feelings about Kardashian’s latest business venture, all the attention might be good news for the shapewear industry. The more shoppers are talking about something, the more likely they are to buy it. And a last name like Kardashian offers some serious equity in the market. 
“Her many followers and marketing tactics will give her brand clear advantage,” said Ayako Homma, fashion and luxury consultant at market research firm Euromonitor International. 
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The North Face, National Geographic Create Line Made From Plastic

The North Face is teaming with National Geographic on a limited-edition Bottle Source collection that will launch today on the brand’s e-commerce site.
The line of sweatshirts and T-shirts is created from single-use plastics found in streams in popular public spaces including Yosemite, the Great Smoky Mountains and Grand Teton National Parks. The collection is emblazoned with the words, “Waste Is Over,” which speaks to The North Face’s commitment to using plastics in alternative ways. It features both The North Face and National Geographic logos as well.
According to the company, more than 8 billion metric tons of plastic have been produced since 1950, and that number is projected to increase to 34 billion metric tons by 2050. As of 2015, only around 9 percent of plastic was estimated to have been recycled.
For every Bottle Source product The North Face manufacturers, it will donate $ 1 to the National Park Foundation to support sustainability projects and programs.
The prices for the collection range from $ 35 for a short-sleeve T-shirt to $ 60 for a hoodie.

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Etro Men’s Line to Make Runway Comeback in June

RUNWAY RETURN: Etro is bringing its men’s line back on the catwalk.
Following a three-season runway hiatus, during which Etro men’s creative director Kean Etro organized engaging presentations, the brand will unveil its spring 2020 collection with a show on June 16.
The last men’s collection that Etro showed on the catwalk was the spring 2018 lineup, which was presented with a coed runway show at the Palazzo del Ghiaccio venue in Milan.
The location of the upcoming men’s show is still to be disclosed. After seasons of shows held at Palazzo del Ghiaccio, last February Etro showed its women’s fall 2019 collection at Milan’s Giuseppe Verdi music conservatory.
Etro, which counts more than 200 stores, is investing in communication and marketing, strengthening the experience in stores and increasing digital content. Europe is still Etro’s biggest market, representing 30 percent of sales. It is followed by Asia and the U.S., accounting for 30 and 20 percent of the brand’s total business, respectively.

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Wall Street Applauds as Disney Nears Finish Line on Fox Acquisition

Wall Street is rooting for Disney as the media giant reaches the finish line this week in its 15-month quest to acquire most of Rupert Murdoch’s film and TV empire. Fox shareholders, on the other hand, are being a little more cautious. Disney is poised to close the $ 71.3 billion deal that took many twists […]

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Ssense Launches Marine Serre Men’s Line

Ssense has snagged the exclusive for the launch of the Marine Serre’s first men’s designs.
The 22-piece collection includes fleece jackets, dégradé tracksuits, bike shorts, T-shirts and accessories that are rich in Nineties nostalgia.
The collection retails from $ 95 for a whistle-festooned lariat to $ 2,270 for a floral-print blanket coat.
Ssense is a luxury retailer based in Montreal that has a strong following with men and women under the age of 34.
Serre, a Parisian-based designer, has been a winner of the LVMH Prize, and made her mark with crescent-moon print bodysuits and dresses made from upcycled silk scarves for women. Her clothes blend futuristic, athletic and couture references.

She had interned at Maison Margiela and quit her job in the studio of Balenciaga in September 2017 to focus on her own label. This is her first men’s wear capsule.

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STREET SIGNS: How WeSC Transitioned From Mall Brand to Contemporary Streetwear Line

When Joseph Janus joined WeSC seven years ago as chief executive officer of the American business, the Swedish streetwear brand, which is named We Are Superlative Conspiracy, was being produced and distributed by its U.S. licensee Oved Apparel Group. Like most streetwear and skate lines at the time, the brand was focused on mass distribution in retailers such as Tillys, Zumiez and PacSun.
But Janus, who has previously worked for brands including Calvin Klein, Guess and JNCO, sensed a shift coming in the market and knew he would have to slowly make WeSC more premium.
“I wanted to bridge the gap between traditional streetwear and luxury,” said Janus. “How do we get into better department stores and grow up with our consumer who is starting to mix luxury items into their wardrobe?”
In 2013 the brand bought back its U.S. license and created an independent American subsidiary and Janus was charged with growing business in the U.S. Over the course of the last few years, he’s made small shifts to get the company, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, where it is today.
Step one was slowly increasing the price points and changing the distribution from mall stores to better department stores. Janus

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Skate Legend Tony Hawk Debuts Line With Cherokee, Campaign by Anton Corbijn

Skate legend Tony Hawk is rolling into new territory with licensee Cherokee Global Brands, debuting a signature collection of street and sporty clothing and accessories that will land on shop floors in June.
Although Hawk has done sports-inspired collections before, most recently with Kohl’s, this is the first time he’s fronting a clothing line that nods to fashion and aims to appeal to a wider audience. He’s tapped the photographer and director Anton Corbijn to shoot the first ad campaign, which features Hawk, members of his family and fellow skaters.
The photographs went on display Friday during Paris Men’s Fashion Week at a private exhibition at Galerie M21 in Le Marais, Paris and online at Tonyhawksignatureline.com.

“The vision behind the range was to give fashion and skate enthusiasts alike a rare glimpse into my life before and beyond skating,” Hawk said. “So, when the opportunity arose to work with Anton Corbijn — someone who shares a mutual passion for music and raw, unfiltered art — I knew instinctively that the creative direction would be extraordinary.”
He described the fall 2019 range as “designed for fans, innovators and iconoclasts.” It will be sold at top fashion and specialty skate stores globally, including Dover Street Market.
Corbijn said

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Alicia Rountree Introduces Swim Line

Alicia Rountree is introducing her own swim collection.
The 32-year-old model has spent most of her life wearing swimsuits, whether that was while modeling for Victoria’s Secret or spending time on the beaches in Mauritius, a small island in the Indian Ocean on the east side of Madagascar where she grew up. And now she’s presenting her own swimwear designs to the market.
“This idea has been in me forever,” Rountree said. “And the second I was ready to do it, everything just fell into place. I found the manufacturing, the fabric and I started making the prints and it just developed from there.”
The line, named Alicia Swim, is an eco-friendly, sustainable assortment. The swimwear is constructed using an Italian fabric made from Econyl, which is a technical yarn that comes from regenerated nylon found in fishing nets floating in coastal areas. Rountree also wanted to make sure that the stitching was on the interior of the suits, there were no metal clasps and the cuts could work on multiple body types.

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“I’ve tried on so many swimsuits and the cut is the main thing I spent a lot of time on with the factories,” Rountree said.
The line, which is made in Mauritius, a

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Les Girls Les Boys Collaborates With Opening Ceremony for Underwear Line for Holiday

ALL ARE WELCOME: Les Girls Les Boys founder Serena Rees liked that her company’s label can be read in either direction since inclusivity is the bedrock of her business.
The one-year-old label has teamed with Opening Ceremony for cobranded underwear, cotton ribbed tanks and three-pair packs that are geared for fret-free holiday shopping. In tune with the unisex trend, many pieces are designed to be worn by women or men. “Anything goes — we just want people to have that freedom like themselves and to not feel limited, constrained or put in boxes in any way.”
Available in recycled packaging, the cobranded offerings will hit Opening Ceremony stores next week, as well as both companies’ e-commerce sites. Retailing from $ 35 to $ 55, the items will be the only underwear sold in Opening Ceremony’s stores. Having been making bras, underwear and tanks “for a very good part” of her career, Rees said she aims to provide great quality, great fabric, great design at an accessible prince point. From her standpoint, the super-high-end luxury sector is going to change, as is throwaway culture “that is way too cheap and will just be landfill.” Rees said more people are realizing that “no one really benefits

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COS Launches Official Kids’ Line

DRESSING UP: H&M-owned brand COS will now be catering to younger customers.
The Swedish label’s stores already carried clothes for children aged 1-4 years, but it didn’t have an official kids’ line. Launching Oct. 19 in stores and online, COS Kids expands the age range with items for ages 1-10 years, following the seasonal collections of the COS men’s and women’s wear lines.
The kids’ clothes feature the same block colors, luxe materials and graphic prints as the adult collections. COS Kids will also mark the brand’s first foray into baby wear.
Dropping Nov. 16, the baby line will comprise rompers, cardigans and blankets for ages 0-12 months. The unisex clothes are created in natural fabrics such as merino wool, cashmere and organic cotton, in a neutral color palette.
Both collections will feature accessories, books and toys, aiming to introduce children to art and design.
 

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EXCLUSIVE: L’Exception Adds Private Label Men’s Line

PARIS — L’Exception, the Paris-based online retailer dedicated to French labels, is launching a direct-to-consumer private label men’s line.
The idea, said founder Régis Pennel, is not to go into competition with the brands they sell but to present a complementary line of basics. The preppy line includes parkas, roll necks in merino wool, old-school cardigans and flannel shirts, with prices going from 35 euros for a T-shirt to 120 euros for a denim jacket.

A denim jacket from the line. 
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Designing the line is Rémi de Laquintane, founder of Laquintane and cofounder of Parisian men’s wear label Éditions MR, both of which are carried by L’Exception. Lewis Lazar and Christopher Moore of French group the Oracle Sisters, which channels a Seventies vibe, are cited as the muses of the collection.
Launching on Oct. 11, the line will be sold exclusively on the retailer’s site and in a dedicated corner at its brick-and-mortar store in the Forum des Halles shopping center, with regular drops and a focus on European materials and production. The details of the supply chain will be shared on the site.
Pennel described the line as being very Parisian in style — “classic with a twist.”
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FGI ‘Night of Stars’ Honorees Line Up Presenters With Their Nearest and Dearest

HOMEGROWN ENVELOPE OPENERS: With Fashion Group International’s “Night of Stars” just a few weeks away, winners are lining up their presenters, and several are keeping things local.
Superstar honoree Vera Wang is going with her nearest and dearest, the one-two punch of Donna Karan and Calvin Klein. Guests at the Oct. 25 event at Cipriani’s Wall Street will find the usual galaxy of fashion designers in the crowd.
Fashion Star winner Olivier Rousteing is still mulling over his choices. That’s also the case with Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, the creative team behind Opening Ceremony and Kenzo. Another Fashion winner, Anna Sui, will have her favorite designer, Marc Jacobs, do the honors at the podium.
Luxury Lifestyle winner Moncler needs more time to ruminate. That is not the case with Beauty Star honoree Frederic Malle, who has recruited Barneys New York’s Daniella Vitale as her presenter.
While Humanitarian Award winner Barbara Bradley Baekgaard for Vera Bradley and Design Technology victor Billie Whitehouse for Wearable X are in the need-more-time category, Sustainability award winner Maria Cornejo will pick up her prize from “Avengers” actor and fellow environmentalist Mark Ruffalo.
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Kiton Celebrates KNT Line

NEW YORK — Antonio De Matteis, the chief executive officer of Kiton, looked on like a proud father as his twin sons, Mariano and Walter De Matteis, explained their collection KNT, short for Kiton New Textures, which hit stores Thursday night.
“It’s all their vision,” said Antonio, wearing a suit at the Kiton flagship here while his sons wore the more relaxed styles from the KNT collection.
The line utilizes the same premium fabrics as Kiton, but the collection, which is the same price point, is much sportier. The brothers showcased jackets, joggers, shirts and sneakers. The textile patterns are inspired by urban architecture and the color palette is mostly black, white, gray and blue. For now, the pieces are showcased in a small space in front of the Kiton store. The twins said they are attempting to cater to the existing Kiton customer and bring in a new one.
“We love creating new paths, discovering and exploiting opportunities where others only see obstacles,” said Mariano. Walter added: “We are honest to ourselves, respectful of our own historical DNA and of our own spirit without compromise.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Thylane Blondeau Readies Fashion Line

FASHION FOCUS: Thylane Blondeau couldn’t find that perfect sweatshirt, so she decided to design her own. And that led to the 17-year-old French model and actress — a L’Oréal Paris brand ambassador — to conceive a full urban clothing line under the brand Heaven May (after her middle name), WWD has learned.
Blondeau’s followers — she has 2.4 million on Instagram alone — will be able to rock the look sold on her own site, heavenmay.com, starting Oct. 11.
“I have a lot of fans, and they’re always like: ‘Where did you buy this? Where did you find this?’” she said. “And I was like, everything they like I am going to do it for them and for me.
“I wanted to do my own brand, my own thing,” she continued. “I love clothes.”
Her first sweatshirt was black, with her label’s logo on the back. “Then I did pants, and after had to do socks and shoes — everything,” explained Blondeau.
Comfort was key. One sweatshirt has a hood that can be zipped up over the wearer’s head. “So I can hide my face — you know, when you are sleeping on the plane,” said Blondeau, who has been working with Paris-based designers, sending

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AG Denim Scion Samuel Ku Launches New Line CQY

The premium denim resurgence continues in Los Angeles. Samuel Ku, who was president and creative director of AG Jeans for a decade, is launching a new denim an essentials line called CQY.
With CQY, pronounced “coy,” Ku envisioned clothes built to last – with clean and modern silhouettes balanced by a deep respect for the rich heritage of denim. Using Japanese selvage denims produced by Kaihara, and jersey knitted by the finest mills in Japan and Los Angeles, CQY’s collection will consist of minimal wardrobe essentials – a handful jean styles, a pair of khakis, a denim jacket and shirt, and a handful of cotton tops for both women and men.

The CQY campaign was styled by Samantha Traina and features Louise Follain. 
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Denim runs in Ku’s blood; he is the son of Yul Ku, one of the founders of AG (Adriano Goldschmied) denim), and while he was at AG, he increased the business fourfold.
Launching for spring 2019 in stores such as Ron Herman, American Rag, Guild and Elyse Walker in January, CQY will also soft launch online with a campaign styled by Samantha Traina and featuring Louise Follain (www.cqydenim.com).
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The Flash and Swamp Thing Join DC’s Walmart-Exclusive Line

DC is expanding its line of “Giant,” Walmart-exclusive comics with the addition of books based on The Flash and Swamp Thing, as well as a third, unannounced character.

According to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (via THR), the 100-page Swamp Thing Halloween Horror Special will debut first on October 7. That will be followed by an 80-page special holiday edition comic on November 11 — details for which have not been announced at this time.

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Chanel Creating First Men’s Makeup Line

BOY MAKEUP: Diving into the swelling men’s grooming trend, Chanel is launching its first makeup line for guys, a three-product range, starting in South Korea on Sept. 1.
The collection includes a tinted fluid, coming in four colors; a matte moisturizing lip balm, and four shades of eyebrow pencil.
Chanel’s Boy division, which already counts products such as handbags and a perfume, is named after Boy Capel, the lover and muse of Gabrielle Chanel.
“Just as Gabrielle Chanel borrowed elements from the men’s wardrobe to dress women, Chanel draws inspiration from the women’s world to write the vocabulary of a new personal aesthetic for men,” the company said in a statement. “Lines, colors, attitudes, gestures….There is no absolutely feminine or masculine prerequisite: Style alone defines the person we wish to be.
“By creating Boy de Chanel, its first makeup line for men, Chanel reaffirms the ever-changing codes of an unchanging vision: Beauty is not a matter of gender, it is a matter of style.”
The collection will be rolled out to the rest of the world in November on the house’s e-commerce platforms and in January 2019 in Chanel’s boutiques.

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Kit Keenan, Daughter of Cynthia Rowley, Launching Her Own Line

Kit Keenan is following in the family footsteps.
Keenan, the daughter of fashion designer Cynthia Rowley and interior designer Bill Keenan, is launching her own fashion line, Kit, at the end of the month. The idea for the line is rooted in the fashion habits of the 19-year-old and her peers.
“What people my age want and need is reinvention, and thinking about the trends and what people wear right now. Especially with young people, our style is changing with trends all the time, so I wanted to have a freer form of what a brand meant,” she says. “The idea for the brand is every single time I do a launch, it completely changes. I want it to be for the girl whose style is always changing, because one day I’m wearing a dress, and the next day I’m wearing pants and a bucket hat. And I wanted to challenge myself to really reinvent clothing every time I design it.”
Hitting that note, her first collection taps into a frilly, ultrafeminine aesthetic incorporating reds and whites while the second collection will be streetwear-centric.
“I think that you see it a lot with lower-end huge brands like Zara, who’s doing so well because they’re changing

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Dondup Takes Direct Control of the Children’s Wear Line

MILAN — Dondup has taken direct control of its children’s wear line.
Starting with the spring/summer 2019 season, the collection will be produced by the Italian specialist Gimel, although Dondup will design and distribute the range.
The line, which was introduced in 2006, will be also available at Dondup online store and at the brand’s flagship on Milan’s Via della Spiga. The spring/summer 2019 collection will be presented at international trade show Pitti Bimbo.
“We are excited to bring our children’s wear line in house, because it’s a strategic project that will strongly contribute to the company’s growth,” said Dondup president Matteo Marzotto. “We are happy to have chosen Pitti Bimbo as the stage to present this new phase, and we really thank Pitti’s organizers for the great attention and professionalism they demonstrated.”
According to Marzotto, Dondup will focus both on consolidating the line’s business in Italy and expanding its international presence.
The Dondup children’s wear range is available at 150 multi-brand retailers in the world and, according to Marzotto, the goal is for the line to account for 10 percent of the company’s total business.
Dondup, which is controlled by private equity fund L Catterton, closed 2017 with revenues of 56.5 million euros.

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EXCLUSIVE: Chanel Picks Margot Robbie as Face of Coco Neige Line

 SNOW QUEEN: Just weeks after being introduced as the latest brand ambassador for Chanel, Margot Robbie has stepped in front of the lens of creative director Karl Lagerfeld to appear in her debut advertising campaign for the French luxury house.
The Australian actress has been selected as the face of Chanel’s first Coco Neige collection, set to hit Chanel boutiques in July and August in tandem with its fall ready-to-wear. The line, dedicated to winter sports and après-ski, mixes technical pieces with classic Chanel codes like tweed, leather and camellia motifs.
Robbie is pictured against a background of blue sky and clouds wearing items including a soft chunky sweater, a parka or a down jacket. The eight visuals will break from June 10 in the July editions of leading international magazines.
“This shoot was one of the greatest experiences of my career. The energy and vibe on set was so wonderful and collaborative,” Robbie said in a statement.
“One of the first things Karl Lagerfeld said to me was that we never need to take ourselves too seriously. He has such a creative mind and he knows exactly what he wants and the minute he captured it, we were moving onto the next shot.

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Joyce Azria’s New Line Rohb Adapts to Amazon

Joyce Azria has proven adept at adaptation, having grown up in her family’s BCBG Max Azria business, then exiting in 2016 to launch her own direct-to-consumer young contemporary brand Avec Les Filles as shoppers’ preferences shifted to branded, designer-driven, omnichannel merchandise.
Now she’s delving deeper into the online space — specifically Amazon — with a new, under-$ 50 basics brand called Rohb, which made its debut in beta mode on the e-commerce behemoth this week, with its own shoppable site coming soon.

A look from Joyce Azria’s new line, Rohb 
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While some brands may see Amazon as a black hole or point of no return, Azria thinks it’s an opportunity to expand her retail universe, which includes occasion dresses, activewear and jewelry extensions for Avec Les Filles, a low-caffeine energy drink called Miron that’s also sold on Amazon Prime, and a podcast aptly called “Success Redesigned.”
“I’m already on Amazon buying home staples, so for fashion, I wanted to keep it uncomplicated, too. Women are already buying basics on Amazon when they’re buying diapers or trash bags,” she said.
While she stops short of calling Rohb an Amazon brand, instead noting that it’s a distribution platform and the brand will have its own direct-to-consumer

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Kate Hudson Gets Girly, Talks Fabletics’ Girl Up Line, Staying Fit While Pregnant

Kate Hudson has girls on the brain. Not only did the actress announce last month that she’s expecting a girl with boyfriend Danny Fujikawa, her activewear brand Fabletics will launch a global limited-edition capsule collection with the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign on May 8.
Dubbed “Girl Almighty,” the collection supports Girl Up’s “by girls, for girls” movement empowering girls to become a force for change. The latest drop also represents the brand’s continued partnership with Girl Up as well as its evolution into a philanthropy-focused brand and its endeavor to create a community that nurtures females of all ages.
Comprising five workout looks from an assortment of sports bras, tanks, hoodies, shorts and leggings, as well as two-pieced goods, the items will retail for $ 24.95 to $ 54.95 and the complete looks from $ 59.95 to $ 79.95 on fabletics.com as well as the 24 Fabletics stores nationwide and in 10 countries. Hudson appears in the campaign, shot in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., with Girl Up members from California State University, Northridge.
“It’s more of a long-term collaboration; we’ve been working with Girl Up for about a year. The collection we did with Demi Lovato, those proceeds also went to Girl Up, but this

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B Corner Brings Spanish Twist to Luxury Men’s Line

The team behind B Corner is an eclectic group, but while their backgrounds may be different, they’re all committed to creating a luxury men’s clothing brand that is a Spanish alternative to the English and Italian labels currently dominating the market.
As the story goes, Spanish nobleman Jaime de Marichalar y Saénz de Tejada, the former son-in-law of King Juan Carlos of Spain and a board member of Loewe and Dior, was in search of a new suit maker when his longtime tailor, Antonio Diaz, passed away about four years ago.
He happened upon Goyo Fernández, a custom tailor and owner of a men’s boutique in Madrid who was already working with Federico Zanolla, an entrepreneur and a banker, on a new tailoring concept.
Marichalar asked Fernández to make suits for him, the three men soon became friends and decided to work together to create a new business that they called B Corner.
They solicited internationally known model Oriol Elcacho, recognizable for his work for Ralph Lauren and other well-known fashion brands, along with actor Diego Martin to be the faces of the brand. And they were on their way.
“I became friends with Federico in Madrid and I started wearing the clothes to events

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Prince Harry at the Finish Line! The Royal Groom-to-Be Supports Runners at the London Marathon

Prince Harry was the No. 1 cheerleader at Sunday’s London Marathon.

There to show his support, Harry cheered on runners before handing out prizes to the winners of the elite men, women, wheelchair and IPC races.

He also had a chance to chat with members of the marathon’s staff, as well as the on-site first aid team from St. John Ambulance.

Harry attended the marathon as part of his role as patron for the London Marathon Charitable Trust. It’s his third year in a row attending the annual event, though this time, he did it so solo — in 2017, Harry had brother Prince William and sister-in-law Kate Middleton by his side.

RELATED: Meghan Markle Debuts Her Very First Royal Rewear as She Steps Out with Prince Harry

It’s been a busy weekend for Harry, who attended a reception for the Invictus Games on Saturday with his fiancée, Meghan Markle, before attending a concert for his grandmother Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday later that day.

RELATED: Queen Elizabeth Rocks Out! William, Harry and Meghan Attend the Monarch’s Birthday Concert Bash

On Monday morning, he and Meghan will attend a memorial service for the late Stephen Lawrence, who was murdered in a racially charged attack in April 1993.


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Hollister Has New Bitmoji Fashion Line

Hollister has teamed with Snapchat and Bitmoji so it can become topmost — and more embedded — in their customers’ minds.
Beginning later today, the company will introduce Hollister outfits to Bitmoji app users globally on iOS and Android devices. Users will be able to dress their “mini-me’s” in digital apparel inspired by the brand’s spring collection. Users will be able to choose from over 12 new outfits that include hoodies, Ts, bottoms and shoes. The line is currently in all Hollister stores.
Michael Scheiner, vice president of marketing, said, “At Hollister, we aim to create emotional and engaging brand experiences where we know our customers are spending their time. For us, it is about discovery and we are interested in building a relationship with our customer; it’s not just about a transaction.”
Bitmoji allows for great personality in digital conversations, and the new partnership allows community members to more accurately reflect their styling preferences.
Users need to download the latest version of Bitmoji in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. A tap on the shirt icon in the upper right-hand corner will provide outfit options.
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EXCLUSIVE: Aquazzura to Launch Men’s Line, Lifestyle-Oriented Concept

DUBAI — Edgardo Osorio, creator of the luxury footwear brand Aquazzura, has big plans for his company. Here to celebrate the opening of his flagship in the region, he revealed that he aims to launch a men’s line within the next 18 months.
“It’s going to be modern, elegant leisure,” said Osorio. “I expect at least 50 percent will be sneakers. But sneakers you can wear to the office with a suit.”
Osorio said there is a gap in the market for men’s. “Men’s right now is either too fashion or too conservative; there isn’t a lot in between. As a man who travels for work all over the world, I find it difficult to find things I like. I end up getting one thing here, one thing there. But generally men don’t shop like that. They prefer a one-stop shop.” Osorio is confident he can fill that need. “If you have a brand that offers modern shoes at a competitive price point that feel comfortable and are young and have that elegance to them in a casual way, that will be a winning element.”
He said the brand also plans to launch a more “lifestyle-oriented project.” This, he said, will take priority over

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The Standard High Line Brings ‘Parkland 17’ Installation to New York for ‘March for Our Lives’

The Standard, High Line is supporting the March for Our Lives this weekend with the unveiling of Parkland 17, a commemorative exhibition and call to action curated by artist Calyann Barnett, done with the support of Dwayne Wade. The installation, which was most recently on display at Wynwood Art Walk in Miami on March 10 for a 17-hour residence, is comprised of 17 desks.
Taking place on Saturday and Sunday, the installation will also feature a live mural painting of the phrase “we demand change” by artist Manuel Oliver. The hotel will also have open a call to action center, their ‘ring your rep’ phone booths, where people can phone representatives of Congress regarding gun control.
“The Standard originally became involved when Dwayne Wade approached us while he was working on the Parkland 17 installation for the Wynwood Art Walk. He wanted the installation to commemorate the lives lost, but also offer a call to action, and instinctively recruited the help of our Ring Your Rep phone booth from The Standard Spa, Miami Beach,” said Landis Smithers, chief creative officer of Standard International. “With the March for Our Lives imminent, it felt only right to bring Parkland 17 to our space

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Rebecca Minkoff Launches First Swimwear Line

IN THE SWIM: Rebecca Minkoff, who gave birth to her third child, Nico Valentine Bellour, on Feb. 10, isn’t letting maternity leave slow her down. Today, she launches her first swimwear collection that will be available exclusively at her own stores in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco, and online.
Made in Los Angeles using Italian fabrics, Minkoff’s swim styles are designed to be mixed, matched and reversed. The spring collection includes 15 silhouettes, each available in several solids and prints, with bottoms offered in a range of coverage options, including, “teeny,” moderate and full. Tops retail from $ 70 to $ 110, bottoms are $ 60 to $ 75, and one-pieces are $ 135 to $ 145.

A spring style from Rebecca Minkoff. 
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“Swim is a category I have been wanting to introduce for some time, and creating this collection has been almost two years in the making,” said Minkoff, cofounder and designer. “I love everything about offering my on-the-go girl a gorgeous piece of swim that evokes a free-spirited style, while remaining true to our high-quality standards — one she can always count on each time she needs a new suit for her upcoming travels. It’s all about living life by her own rules

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Dodo Bar Or and Ada Kokosar Team Up for Dodo by Midnight Line

I’M EVERY WOMAN: What do you get when you put together Dorit “Dodo” Bar Or, an actress-turned-designer whose breezy summer clothes are a hit with fashion influencers like Chiara Ferragni; and Ada Kokosar, a stylist and fashion consultant who is branching out into shoes? A fabulous world that is a cross between “Dynasty” and Barbie’s closet.
Gowns with snaking embroidery designs and a polka-dot metallic pink jumpsuit were just some of the looks featured in their capsule collection, christened Dodo by Midnight, shown on a handful of models standing on a tiny metallic carousel during Milan Fashion Week.
It marked Kokosar’s first clothing collaboration under her Midnight label, which made its debut last season with a shoe line for Cesare Paciotti. She reprised the plastic-wrapped Cinderella slippers that are becoming a brand signature, augmenting them with extravagant tulle ruffles.
Kokosar plans to work with new designers each season. “Midnight for me is a factory, it’s a collective of creative, unconventional minds that merge together,” she said. “It’s a space, a label, where we can create things where we can drop our rules that we ingrain from society and the mask that we have to wear.”
Both women felt it was liberating to embrace a

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Lilly Pulitzer Collaborates on Home Decor Line With Pottery Barn Brands

PRINT EXPLOSION: Lilly Pulitzer is spreading its cheerful prints and patterns to Pottery Barn Brands, owned by Williams-Sonoma Inc. The exclusive home decor collection, which hits stores next month, marks the first time that Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and PB Teen will simultaneously release a coordinating collection to create a look for every room in the home.
The collection retails from $ 16.50 for pillows and goes up to $ 1,099 for furniture. It will be sold at all Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and PB Teen stores, as well as online and select retail locations in Canada. The collaboration is just for the upcoming season.
Marta Benson, president, Pottery Barn, said, “Lilly Pulitzer will be the first collaboration to span across all three brands, offering our guests a Palm Beach-inspired collection of home furnishings and decor that embodies the feeling of a fun, carefree summer day.”
“Lilly Pulitzer has always been about a colorful, happy, resort state of mind. Partnering with the Pottery Barn brands is a wonderful fit — we are excited to give our customers the chance to bring Lilly’s colorful Palm Beach style into their homes,” added Michelle Kelly, chief executive officer of Lilly Pulitzer.
Inspired by Pulitzer’s signature Palm Beach style, the collection will include bedding, furniture

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Norma Kamali Talks 50th Anniversary Event, Sirius Radio Show and Health-Inspired Line

FAST FORWARD: While a 50-year anniversary usually calls for some reminiscing, Norma Kamali wants no part of it.
Looking back is counter to the designer’s way of being. “I really hate it,” she said.
Despite that tendency, Kamali has culled 70-plus clothing pieces and accessories for What Goes Around Comes Around and she “appreciates that there is interest in her previous designs.” Her fashion past, so to speak, will be showcased Tuesday in the “Vintage for the Future” event at the WGACA SoHo store and online. Kamali isn’t the only one celebrating an anniversary, the retailer is nearing its 25th year and is eyeing a Madison Avenue location.
WGACA cofounder Gerard Malone said he first met Kamali 10 years ago, and the pair stayed in touch. He thought what better time than fashion week to hold a launch party. Shoppers will find fringed eveningwear, bomber jackets, crop tops and other items mostly in the $ 750 to $ 3,500 retail price range. Kamali was hesitant to pick favorites. “I remember them being favorites, when I made them, and what the creative process was,” she explained. “But even now when I finish collections, I’m separated from it and I’m not connected to it anymore. While I’m

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Former Fashion Editors’ Sleepwear Line Sets Up Shop in the U.S.

Eighty percent of Sleeper’s clients are located in the U.S., but Asya Varetsa, who cofounded the sleepwear brand with Kate Zubarieva, will start to handle sales and business development out of New York and they will also set up a showroom during New York Fashion Week.
“It makes more sense to be here because a lot of our buyers are here,” said Varetsa. “We need to be here to figure out the shipping situation and build more relationships.”
It’s a big move for the brand, which is based in Ukraine and has steadily gained accounts including Moda Operandi, Harrods, Barneys New York and Opening Ceremony since launching in 2014 and the line has been worn by fashion industry influencers including Mira Duma, Aurora James and Eleonora Carisi. Retailers have been drawn to their stylish pajamas that are made by hand at its manufacturing facilities in Ukraine. They also produce a men’s and children’s collection.
Varetsa and Zubarieva have tapped into the pajama dressing trend and captured a modern consumer who is accustomed to the comfort of ath-leisure and working from home. The assortment includes a core collection of basic pajamas and robes, a linen collection of dresses and slips, and a bridal collection of

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Halsey, Florida Georgia Line and More Join Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Lineup

HalseyABC and dick clark productions have added Alessia Cara, Florida Georgia Line, Halsey and Hailee Steinfeld to the lineup for their West Coast celebration of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s…

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Tamagotchi Is Returning With a 20th Anniversary Line

It’s time to hatch, feed, and clean-up after your virtual pets yet again — Tamagotchi is back in honor of the toy’s 20th anniversary.

Bandai America has officially announced that a new set of Tamagotchi toys — smaller at about 60 percent the size of the toys you may remember playing with in the ’90s — will be available in limited qualities on November 5 for $ 14.99. Check out the device below.

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Yes, the new Tamagotchi looks very much like the original, including the device’s egg shape, with six different designs pulled from the original Japanese launch. To further evoke nostalgia, the original Tamagtochi’s packaging design has been replicated for the new line, and the toys themselves feature the original characters players could care for from the original game.

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Jonathan Martin Line to Relaunch After Seven-Year Absence

Jonathan Martin, the printed top and dresses resource that had its heyday in the Eighties and Nineties, is returning to the market for spring after a seven-year absence.
Owner Uri Harkham, who founded the line in Los Angeles in 1975, said he spies a need in the better women’s market for office-appropriate tops and dresses featuring custom prints and treatments. In addition, he has launched a high-end Italian silk line called Hark + Hammer that sells pieces for $ 200 to $ 300 direct to consumers online.
“People say, ‘What are you, nuts? There’s no customer,’ but when we launched Jonathan Martin in ’75, people also thought we were nuts. But we found our niche and it was really a privilege to be in this industry. I think it’s still relevant,” said Harkham.
Meant to retail in major department stores for $ 49 to $ 79, Jonathan Martin features monthly deliveries of flutter-sleeve tops and wrap dresses with details like front-and-back embroidery and custom print borders. Harkham said the line will be available in a plus-size range and that he hopes to re-create the partnerships he had with retailers such as Lane Bryant.
“I believe we can still serve the market, so this is why I’m coming back.

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Canali to Launch Eyewear Line

MILAN — Canali SpA has inked a five-year licensing agreement with L’Amy America, part of International Luxury Group, to produce and distribute a luxury collection of sunglasses and ophthalmic frames. The collection will bow at Milan’s eyewear trade show MIDO next year and will be rolled out globally starting in March.
This is a first in terms of brand extensions for the Italian family-owned men’s wear group. General manager Stefano Canali underscored how this category in particular has “substantial content,” and stands out since it “frames the face.” The executive said finding the right partner was a priority and praised L’Amy for having Canali’s same “values and codes,” for the company’s use of first-rate materials and expertise, and its technology and craftsmanship.
He also noted that this is a first step in a strategy of extensions spanning over the next five years. “We are in no rush, we want to do things well.”
The rollout will be “well-calibrated. We don’t want to flood our stores with eyewear.” He emphasized how it was key for the product to reflect the quality of the brand, and was upbeat about the potential of eyewear for Canali. “There is room for a well-done product, that will help

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Patrick DiLascia Goes Elevated With New Namesake Line

Patrick DiLascia is injecting casual luxury into his latest line, Patrick.
The men’s retailer and designer, who appeared on Marcus Lemonis’ CNBC show “The Profit” with his label DiLascia, is now going after the higher end.
DiLascia, who has long been known for his Southern California lifestyle T-shirts with cheeky sayings such as “Extra” and “Pool Boy,” is now veering toward a full-fledged lifestyle brand with the build-out of a collection that is more than T-shirts, in addition to kids and the infusion of complementary brands into his retail business.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to have a collection rather than just T-shirts so we’re looking at doing higher price points and better fabrics, and it’s not going to be distributed as heavily as DiLascia has been,” the designer said. “When I met with some of my higher-end retailers we were discussing where the market was going. The top retailers in the high end are going to stay. Those lower-end retailers, like H&M and Topshop, are going to stay, and that middle’s going to basically be gone. So DiLascia kind of falls in the middle and I needed to decide where I wanted to go: up or down. And, obviously, I

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Proenza Schouler to Launch New Line

Proenza Schouler is launching a secondary collection in November, WWD has learned. Reportedly called “White Label” the line is not being billed as a diffusion line, but a “sister” collection comprised of the more casual pieces — denim, T-shirts, basics — that have been part of the main line for a while but are being separated out and highlighted in an effort to boost the business with more accessible, affordable options. In January, Elizabeth Giardina joined the design team from Derek Lam 10 Crosby, where she had been vice president of design for five years.
The new collection is the second big move this year from Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez and their chief executive officer, Judd Crane, who is new to the c-suite. He was previously a buyer at Selfridges and succeeded Ron Frasch, who was acting ceo at Proenza Schouler. The company realigned its spring show to the Paris couture schedule in an effort to get more of its runway show into stores and take advantage of the bigger budgets afforded to the pre-collections.  
“Jack and I pour our blood, sweat and tears into [the runway],” Hernandez told WWD in January when they revealed their Paris plans, answering a

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Nick Graham Launches Underwear Line

Nick Graham is back in the underwear business.
The designer, who made his mark as founder and chief underpants officer of Joe Boxer, is launching a collection of underwear and loungewear under his eponymous brand for holiday.
“Even though it’s a very competitive classification, I still see a big opportunity to bring color, innovation and irony to the category.” Graham said.
The Nick Graham underwear collection will include conversational prints as well as core and fashion basics in microfibers, cotton spandex and combed cotton in vibrant colors. “We want to put the fun back into functionality,” Graham said.  
The all-cotton loungewear will be offered in both wovens and knits and is designed to be worn both in and out of the house. Graham said he views this classification as one of the biggest opportunities since it blurs the lines between sleepwear and ath-leisure.

Loungewear is viewed as a big opportunity for the brand. 

John Kammeier, president of NGL, the company that produces the collection, said, “Nick’s sensibility in these categories is somewhat legendary and I see a huge opportunity in the market for us. The reaction so far has been nothing but remarkable, and proves to us that there is still a void not being

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Jenna Dewan Tatum Debuts Danskin’s Intimates Line in Fall 2017 Ads

Danskin on Wednesday will debut its fall 2017 “Fit for Everything” campaign featuring brand ambassador Jenna Dewan Tatum wearing its debut collection of intimates and loungewear.
“What’s really exciting to me about our ‘Fit for Everything’ campaign is that it’s so true to how I live my life. Dressing for day-to-night became a necessity when I became a mom, and I wear my Danskin from taking my daughter to school, to running errands, to date night or girl’s night out. We really wanted to capture that essence in this shoot,” said Dewan Tatum, who is a producer and host of NBC’s “World of Dance.”
Yu Tsai shot the campaign at a seaside Malibu, Calif., mansion, with Dewan Tatum practicing yoga on the balcony in leggings, relaxing in a bodysuit and joggers in the kitchen, and lounging in a coordinating bralette and high-waisted panty set. The actress-dancer was also photographed doing a “tree pose” on the beach while wearing an olive-toned leotard with laser-cut details. Danskin will also debut sleepwear and shapewear this fall.
“As an entrepreneur and mom-on-the-go, Jenna truly exemplifies the modern spirit of our fall collection, which is designed to meet the needs of Danskin’s contemporary consumer, whose wardrobe needs to

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Kids’ Streetwear Line TheMiniClassy Heads to Nordstrom

High-end streetwear line for children TheMiniClassy will expand its distribution to include Nordstrom on Wednesday.
The line is sold on the TheMiniClassy’s e-commerce site and at Barneys New York. Starting at six and 12 months, the sizes run as high as 8 to 12. It is known for its harem pant with dinosaurlike fabric spikes down the sides of both legs, called the Original Dino Harem. Price points range from $ 30 to $ 64.
The kids’ apparel line was founded in 2014 by Michelle Lopez and Andrea Dotzauer, who got the idea as they were looking for on-trend, comfortable and washable items for their children.
 

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Liverpool Jeans Company Launches Men’s Line

Los Angeles-based denim and sportswear resource Liverpool Jeans Company, one of the fastest-growing under-$ 100 jeans brands offering premium styling, is expanding into men’s. The company, which was founded in 2012, currently sells in Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Von Maur and Dillard’s as well as online at Amazon, Zappos, Stitch Fix and LiverpoolJeans.com.
Available in slim straight, relaxed straight and skinny styles, and three inseam lengths (30-, 32- and 34-inch) for waist sizes 29 to 42, the jeans utilize Liverpool’s Advance Comfort Stretch denim with Coolmax technology, offering fits for a range of body types. The collection retails for $ 89 and will be shown at the upcoming Stitch Las Vegas, L.A. Men’s Market and by appointment at its New York showroom located at 530 Seventh Avenue.

Liverpool Jeans men’s line 

Liverpool cofounder and president Ron Perilman, who had a line called City Girl and cofounded NYDJ, is a 30-year veteran of the denim industry along with wife Jill Perilman, who serves as design director.
“The market was missing a premium brand for under $ 100 and my wife said, ‘We can do it better,’” said Perilman. “This was before premium took a nosedive, though we thought it might.”
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Daniel Hechter to Launch Men’s Sportswear Line

Daniel Hechter is making a bigger play in the U.S.
The brand, which was started by Hechter as a women’s collection in 1962 and moved into men’s and children’s six years later, wants to broaden its reach with a sportswear collection it will present at New York Men’s Day on Monday. The line will launch exclusively with Macy’s in October.
“We saw this as an opportunity to bring a European brand to the U.S.,” said Mark Bushby, the men’s sales director at Daniel Hechter. “We thought there was a white space in the market for affordable, European designer product.”
According to Bushby, who was previously the men’s director at Calvin Klein Collection, the sportswear line is an attempt to make the entire lifestyle assortment more contemporary. The collection, which is designed in Paris, consists of shirts, sweaters, jerseys, pants, blazers, lightweight outerwear and leather pieces. The line retails from around $ 75 to $ 450.
Hechter is no longer involved with the line, which he sold to Miltenberger-Otto Aulbach GmbH in 1998. The collection is carried in 2,500 points of sale globally and the sportswear is licensed by Shanghai Shenda America LLC.
Although the company is expanding its reach in the U.S., Bushby said the market has

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The Kooples Celebrates New Bag Line

BAG LADY: The Kooples threw a cocktail party in the newly refurbished Hôtel de Crillon to celebrate the launch of its first line of Italian-made handbags, codesigned with Emily Ratajkowski and fittingly called the Emily.
Guests including Audrey Marnay, Rossy de Palma and Ellen von Unwerth mingled in sprawling rooms and balconies overlooking the fountains of the Place de la Concorde.
Ratajkowski, who is also the face of the French contemporary brand’s fall collection, showed off her deep tan in a long black skirt with a split that rose to her hipbone, paired with a strapless lace corset.
“I’m one of those girls who has like 40 bags, or something, and I only wear four of them. So I looked at my bags and said, ‘What are the ones I love the most and like to use the most?’” said Ratajkowski.
The Californian, who is quick to point out that she was born in London, said she also thought of her grandmother’s old Prada and Dooney & Bourke purses.
“They were super open to my ideas,” she said of the brand’s founders and artistic directors.
Brothers Alexandre, Laurent and Raphael Elicha, each in a distinctive pair of glasses and black hat, said they chose Ratajkowski as

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Film Republic Picks Up Karlovy Vary Competition Title ‘The Line’ (EXCLUSIVE)

London-based sales agency Film Republic has picked up the international rights, excluding Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Ukraine, to the Slovak-Ukrainian coproduction “The Line,” which has its world premiere in the competition selection at the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival. The first official co-production between Slovakia and Ukraine, “The Line” tells the story of a… Read more »

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Teddy Ondo Ella to Launch Namesake Tailoring Line Embodying Modern Africa

PARIS — You’ve heard of Made in France, China or Italy. But what about Made in Gabon?
Entrepreneur Teddy Ondo Ella, who grew up between France and Gabon, a country located on the equator in western Africa, is out to set things straight. The self-taught designer a few months ago launched his urban streetwear line, Only Made in Gabon, which is based on Gabonese codes but produced in Portugal. The upcoming edition of New York Fashion Week: Men’s in July, meanwhile, will see the launch of an eponymous tailoring line hooked on an update of the traditional short-sleeved Gabonese suit dubbed the Abacos, short for “à bas le costume,” which in English translates to “down with the suit.”
“It was created by Africans in the Seventies as a [symbol] of anticolonialism. They took all the specifications of a regular suit, but did it their way, with a high collar and short sleeves. It’s supereasy,” said Ondo Ella, adding: “My father’s generation still wears it, but I want to bring it back and put a younger spin on it.”
Whereas the traditional Abacos is cut super loose, Ondo Ella said his take is more fitted, using top-of-the-line cloths such as weighty cottons by Cerruti.

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YG Relaunches 4 Hunnid Clothing Line

YG wants to make his 4 Hunnid Clothing line more than a collection of merchandise.
The Compton rapper, who will open for Kendrick Lamar this summer on the second leg of his “Damn” tour, wants to create a unisex lifestyle collection, and for summer he’s worked with Gavin Mathíeu, 4 Hunnid’s creative director, to revamp the line.
“People always thought of 4 Hunnid as merch, so we want to present it in a different way for people to perceive it differently,” said Mathíeu. “We really want to create a fashion brand.”

A look from the 4 Hunnid spring collection. 
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YG started 4 Hunnid, which is also the name of his record label under Interscope, in February 2016. Initially the focus was on graphic T-shirts and hoodies — they did a test run with Zumiez that did so well the retailer released it in 400 doors.
YG and Mathíeu aren’t abandoning their core, but they are presenting a more varied line that includes plaid trousers, jackets, sweatshirts, T-shirts, hats and other lifestyle accessories, and styling it in a different way. For a shoot that was styled by Brookelyn Styles, who also styled the 4Hunnid lookbook,  YG incorporated his line with pieces from Vivienne Westwood and

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John Oliver Warns This Isn’t The End Of The Line For Trump

Those who believe that the growing scandals around President Donald Trump could force him out of office may be in for a big disappointment. 

John Oliver, host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” reminded viewers on Sunday that Trump has survived all of the other controversies that have come his way. 

Why would this be the end of the line for him?” Oliver asked. “Trump has seemed to reach the end of the line on multiple occasions, only for nothing to happen.”

Oliver pointed to various scandals from the campaign, including Trump’s hesitation to disavow former KKK leader David Duke, the time he “bullied a Gold Star family” and the “Access Hollywood” tape as evidence.  

“We all thought the next stop on that bus was ― you guessed it ― the end of the fucking line,” Oliver said. “But it seems like when it comes to President Trump, he’s always approaching the end of the line but it never seems to come. As if for him, and him alone, the end of the line is drawn by M.C. Fucking Escher.” 

Oliver dubbed the latest scandal involving Trump revealing code-word classified information to Russian officials in the Oval Office as “Stupid Watergate,” and urged viewers not to ignore everything else that was going on, such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to undo criminal justice reforms, the administration’s proposed cuts to Medicaid and a possible plan to end key Obamacare subsidies

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Roc96 Launched a Clothing Line Inspired by Jay-Z’s Debut Album

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Former Archaeologist Introduces Intimate Apparel and Knitwear Line

Over the past few seasons, the intimate apparel and lounge category has expanded, but Sasha Wixson believes there is still a white space for the type of product she’s creating.
“We think the underwear market is oversaturated in sports and comfort or on another hand, overtly vulgar products,” said Wixson, who is based in Paris. “There is nothing wrong with that and it has certainly flourished over the past decade, but it is opposing to what Wixson’s aesthetic and quality control values are about. Even our basic core pieces are beautiful, detailed and lasting.”
Wixson knows about details. The designer used to be an archaeologist before studying fashion design at Parsons and starting Wixson Paris, a men’s and women’s lounge, innerwear and knitwear brand, last year.
For the line, which is priced from $ 320 to $ 850, Wixson combined her love for art, fashion, colors, textures and self-expression of the civilizations to create pieces made from cashmere, silk, lace, Sea-Island Cotton and merino, which are decorated with freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals.
“The loungewear and knitwear pieces were conceived to transition between indoor and outdoor use,” said Wixson.
The line is currently sold on Wixson’s e-commerce site but the designer said she’s looking build wholesale partnerships

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Hook & Albert Designs Men’s Bedding Line With Thread Experiment

Hook & Albert, a men’s accessories brand best known for its lapel pins, is getting into the home furnishings market.
The brand has teamed up with Thread Experiment to design a collection of bedding, targeted exclusively to men. The limited-edition set consists of a comforter, woven herringbone duvet and pillow sham in a navy and white color palette.
“As a brand, Hook & Albert has done a great job helping men accessorize themselves outside of the home. This partnership now allows our guy to bring that style inside the home,” said Adam Schoenberg, cochief executive officer of the label, which was founded in 2011 and acquired by Detail Provisions Co. in Dallas in mid-January.
“I became a huge fan of Hook & Albert after meeting cofounders, Adam Schoenberg and Cory Rosenberg a few years ago and hearing their story, inspirations and philosophy,” said Greg Shugar, cofounder of Thread Experiment.

The bedding will be sold on both companies’ web sites beginning on May 15. The pieces will retail separately for between $ 32 and $ 188.

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DXL Adds Mo Vaughn’s MVP Collections Big and Tall Line

Mo Vaughn’s MVP Collection has snagged its first wholesale customer, and it’s the big and tall industry’s biggest player.
The men’s lifestyle brand created by Major League Baseball’s three-time All Star and Most Valuable Player was picked up by DXL Group, which is testing the collection in a limited number of doors, according to David Levin, DXL’s chief executive officer.
“We see a movement back into the urban lifestyle for some of our stores,” Levin said. “The lifestyle that the Mo Vaughn collection represents has been a void in our assortments for the last several years.”
Levin said early results for the line, which is also available online, are encouraging and he hopes that a new marketing campaign that was built by the two companies around the launch of the label’s spring collection, will further boost sales.
“We are co-branding an online sweepstakes with MVP where users enter to win a variety of prizes,” Levin said. “The objective is to drive awareness to the new MVP Collections at DXL in several key markets.”
The collection is carried at several DXL stores in the New York area as well as units in Chicago; Atlanta; San Jose, Calif.; Las Vegas; Dedham, Mass.; Dallas, and Towson, Mary.
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Lisa Rinna’s Fashion Line Is More Than a Trend: How the Real Housewives Star Found Huge Success on QVC

ESC: Lisa Rinna, QVCWhen you turn on QVC, there are a whole lot of items that could tempt shoppers.
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Here’s What Dustin Hoffman Has To Say About Famous ‘I’m Walkin’ Here!’ Line

Dustin Hoffman and filmmaker Noah Baumbach met up at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival Monday to discuss the latter’s career and throw in some tidbits about their upcoming film, “The Meyerowitz Stories.” But, inevitably, some flashbacks to the actor’s time on camera snuck in.

During a Q&A session at the end of their conversation, an audience member told Hoffman that he was a big fan of the actor’s iconic “I’m walkin’ here!” scene alongside Jon Voight in 1969’s “Midnight Cowboy.” A quick refresher: Voight and Hoffman are crossing a New York City street when a cab nearly hits the actors. Hoffman delivers his famous line and serves up a few choice knocks on the cab’s hood.

The best part? It was all a result of Hoffman’s quick thinking.

During the Tribeca Talk, Hoffman explained that he and Voight were doing many takes of the scene, trying to time it just right so they wouldn’t have to wait for a light at the crosswalk. 

“We finally get it at the — whatever it is — 50th take, and we’re so happy, we can feel it, at this point in the dialogue, Jon and I. We’re at the corner, and it turns green, and we’re able to keep walking, and a fucking cab has hit us,” Hoffman explained, pausing for the crowd’s laughter.  

“The truth is, this is the way the brain works: What was in my head was, ‘We’re makin’ a movie here!’ And then just as I’m about to say that, I realize, ‘Oh, you can’t do that,’ the brain changes it to, ‘I’m walkin’ here!’ What was really being said, for me, was, ‘We’re shooting here!’”

And thus movie history — and the enduring indifference of New York taxicabs — was solidified. 

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Acne Studios’ New Denim Line Is Modern Minimalism at Its Best

The Blå Konst collection is available now.

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Cristiano Ronaldo to Launch CR7 Denim Line

Cristiano Ronaldo has expensive taste.
When the Real Madrid soccer player isn’t on the field, he likes to wear denim from Balmain, Givenchy and Dsquared2. But oftentimes, these brands don’t fit him off the rack. This dilemma was tdhe starting point for CR7, his men’s denim brand that will be available in June.
“I don’t take myself too seriously, but I take what I do very seriously. So when I had the opportunity to launch my own denim line, I didn’t want it to be like any other line on the market,” Ronaldo said. “Inspired by what’s important to me, this collection is for more than just my fans. It’s for anyone who shares my values, who lives a limitless life and loves denim.”
It’s being produced and distributed by Uniti Fashion, a sourcing and manufacturing company founded in South Africa. The line is designed around the premise of comfort and high-fashion influences.
“We are doing more on a daily basis and we need clothes that can work for us,” said Henry Monsell, global marketing director for CR7. “With this line, we are showing Cristiano’s persona off the field and telling a story about his work ethic, discipline and loyalty.”
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Jackie Rogers Relaunching Men’s Line

What goes around comes around – just ask Jackie Rogers.
Some four decades after opening Jackie Rogers for Men, a barbershop boutique on Madison Avenue that counted some of Hollywood’s biggest stars as customers, Rogers, now 85, has found herself back in the men’s business.
Rogers, muse of Coco Chanel who has also been a big-band singer, Hollywood starlet, New York model and designer over the course of her storied career, dressed many bold-faced names over the years including Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, Sammy Davis Jr. and Woody Allen. “All the guys would come and wait,” she said of her barbershop store. “Warren Beatty, Michael Douglas, Dustin Hoffman. Peter O’Toole was my boyfriend and Al Pacino was a customer too, but he had a terrible body, very short legs.”
And while she’s better known these days for her women’s collection — she has a high-end women’s boutique on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Fla., that sells evening gowns, blouses and resortwear — she’s always had a soft spot for the guys.
She said the only reason she got into the women’s business at all was on the advice of Bill Blass, who told her if she wanted to create a big brand, she needed to go

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Los Angeles Girl-About-Town Paige Elkington Launches Handbag Line

Los Angeles-based PYT Paige Elkington is off to the races.
The model-slash-actress — who recently appeared in one of Playboy magazine’s new fashion-inclined photo shoots — has launched a handbag line inspired by equestrian competition ribbons.
The pin-tucked mementos provided strong visual reference to Elkington — a former equestrian herself.

Model Paige Elkington Launches Handbag Line 

“I did [ride horses] but I also just love the ribbons so much. It’s more about a love for those ribbons. Everyone has been doing a fun clutch, a fun bag [recently] and that kind of took over — those bags really spoke to me, I’ve never carried a normal purse. I wanted to make something that represented me and my style,” she said.
The petite, vegan handbags are being sold direct-to-consumer through Elkington’s web site. The bags, which are made in New York of upcycled, dead-stock fabrics, are priced at $ 525.
Each bag comes with a detachable strap, and is lined in contrast fabric.
While the style is currently available in two colors — red and blue — Elkington has a bigger goal in mind.
“My ideal plan is to make them customizable, where you can choose your color and also get initials embroidered on the center and pick the thread color.

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Lulu Guinness Launches Footwear Line

NEW BEGINNINGS: Lulu Guinness is expanding her accessories line with a footwear range, WWD has learned.
Taking inspiration from the brand’s signature retro aesthetic and popular lip and doll-face motifs, the designer has tried to combine functionality with a touch of humor.
There are block heels galore in the brand’s signature black and red color palette, from preppy Mary Janes to more classic T-bar pumps and cutout sandals. While the shapes may be classic, they have a playful attitude with doll-face shaped appliqués on the backs.
“We took the best of our spring 2017 bag concepts and our classic signatures, such as our new doll face and lips, and designed a capsule with a real dose of Lulu humor. You discover new details on that second glance,” said Guinness.

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Other highlights include a pair of black, pointed toe pumps with a heel molded in the shape of red lips – which Guinness hopes to establish as a signature – and a silver metallic pair of sandals featuring a sculpted heel.
Prices will be in line with the rest of the collection. “We are aiming for a really original design viewpoint and beautifully made shoes, but without compromising on a great

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North West Shows Off Designs For The Upcoming Yeezy Kid’s Line

While you were binge watching The Crown and lamenting the state of our world, North West was apparently busy becoming the world’s tiniest fashion designer. 

According to Kim Kardashian’s snapchat posts yesterday, the long-awaited Yeezy kid’s line is on the way from Kanye West.

And it should come as a shock to no one that 3-year-old North, who has long rocked mini versions of Yeezy clothes, helped design it. 

North is seen wearing an adorable sequined yellow dress and a matching shearling coat, while Kardashian can be heard asking, “Is that a Yeezy yellow shearling?” and “Hey, where’s our model?”

“Mommy and daddy are doing a kid’s line and these are some of the pieces,” Kardashian says in one clip. “Northie picked out the colors and the fabric.”

Wait. Hold on a second. Picked out the colors and the fabric? For the Kim and Kanye clothing line? We just stopped obsessing over brother Saint’s teeny tiny Yeezy 350s. Now we have to wrap our minds around the fact that this line, which we’ve been waiting for for what feels like forever, was designed in part by our favorite micro style icon? It’s almost too much to handle. 

So far, no launch date has been given. But as this tweet shows, there’s no stopping the excitement of fans. 

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Rachel Comey to Present Her Fall 2017 Line in L.A.

Citing a desire to connect with her Los Angeles customers and the local and international fashion communities, Rachel Comey is the latest designer to choose the City of Angeles as the locale for her next fashion show. The New York-based designer, whose fans include Parker Posey, Rashida Jones and Leandra Medine, will present her fall collection on Feb. 7 at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, the international gallery devoted to contemporary art and modern masters, in conjunction with Manuela, the gallery’s on-site restaurant. The downtown Los Angeles gallery was the site of a screening for Prada and David O. Russell‘s short film “Past Forward.”
Comey joins Rachel Zoe, who will present her fall collection on Feb. 1; Rebecca Minkoff, who will stage a see-now-buy-now show at The Grove on Feb. 4, and Tommy Hilfiger, who will stage a massive see-now-buy-now event in Venice Beach on Feb. 8. Tom Ford is also said to be showing his next collection in Los Angeles, presumably around Oscar weekend. Comey will host press appointments the following day at her Melrose Place store, and will also hold private appointments in her New York showroom during New York Fashion Week.
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Rag & Bone Cofounder Starts Double Eleven Line

Since leaving Rag & Bone in 2006, Nathan Bogle’s journey has taken him to many different places.
After a short hiatus, he dabbled in culinary school, film school and consulting before finding his way back to the apparel business in 2012 with his line Jardine, a contemporary men’s wear collection named after his great-grandfather that shuttered in 2014. This collection, which was nothing like Rag & Bone, consisted of suit separates, dress shirts and polo shirts made of synthetic fabrics.
Now he’s taking another stab at fashion with Double Eleven, a sustainable men’s brand that embodies the Americana ethos he embraced at Rag & Bone.
“I was sitting on a factory floor on 38th Street where we made our leathers for Jardine and I was watching the guy cut the hide and basically utilize only 70 percent of it,” said Bogle. “And I just went through the calculation of the cow, feeding it and the food and water and it hit me like a ton of bricks and I thought, I’ve got to solve this.”
Bogle’s solution is layered. He’s producing Made in Los Angeles men’s wear basics — denim, T-shirts, sweaters and jackets — that are constructed with deadstock fabrics. Knits are made

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Adam Drawas, Jennifer Walker to Launch T-Shirt Line Cut + Sew With Kari Weiner

Banking on the bust at American Apparel as well as consumer’s resistance to overpriced basics, Los Angeles-based branding executives Adam Drawas and Jennifer Walker have teamed with t-shirt designer Kari Weiner, former designer and owner of K Street NYC, to launch a new direct-to-consumer brand called Cut + Sew.
Debuting online Dec. 5 with crew neck, scoop and V-neck styles for women and a classic crew neck for men, plus three scented candles, the line aims to become the go-to for consumers seeking a high-quality, Made in L.A. cotton tees and scents to go with them. Retail prices range from $ 45 to $ 52. The launch palette consists of basic white, black and gray plus distressed “vintage” versions of each color.

Looks from Cut + Sew’s debut collection of men’s and women’s T-shirts. 

Drawas and Weiner met while working at Louis Boston in the late Nineties. He went on to found a public relations outfit in New York, followed by one Los Angeles which he combined with Walker’s company two years ago. Meanhwhile, Weiner remained in New York and began the premium T-shirt label K Street NYC a decade ago.
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The Bottom Line: ‘Swing Time’ By Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith writes novels about the people and themes that seem particularly freighted with political baggage these days: immigrants, multiracial families and social groups, the white and non-white working class. Though she’s writing about her own home turf ― England, typically north-west London ― those realities are no less incendiary there, in the Brexit era, than they are here, in the Trump one.

But Smith has also declined, most recently in an interview with Slate, to get too political about the multicultural world she depicts in her fiction. “I’ve always dealt with [multiculturalism] as a descriptive fact,” she said. And anyway, she added later, “I don’t have a political intelligence […] Sometimes people’s intimate lives reflect the political world, but my first concern is always people.”

To those who love her fiction, this should make sense; her worlds jostle with the colliding energies of so many acutely observed characters ― tussling, flirting, gossiping, bullying, falling in love and giving in to hate. It’s the writing of someone who wants to get inside the minds of as many people as possible, to figure them out properly.

Swing Time carries that curious, energetic feel, but it’s also entirely different. It’s Smith’s first novel written entirely in the first person, muting the raucous din of her cast of characters by filtering them entirely through her nameless narrator, whose introspective yet often fragile consciousness purposefully distorts the narrative.

The novel hangs around the childhood friendship, and adult alienation, of the narrator and a girl named Tracey. They meet in a dance class in a church near the council estates in North West London where they both live. Both are biracial, the child of one black parent and one white; both are clinging to their mothers; both are intrigued by each other, though not immediately friends. The narrator’s mother is from Jamaica and has aspirations to middle-class acceptance, educational achievement and a career in line with her interests in political activism. While her husband, the narrator’s father, is a loving family man, he’s also relatively content with an unambitious life, while she’s beautiful, restrained, determined to act like any educated middle-class woman would ― and disdainful of Tracey’s mother, an overweight white woman with gaudy taste and no apparent goals except to get on disability. “It turned out ― as my mother had guessed at once ― that there was no ‘Tracey’s father,’ at least not in the conventional, married sense,” writes Smith. “This, too, was an example of bad taste.”

The girls are drawn together like “two iron filings drawn to a magnet,” soon becoming like sisters. The narrator’s studious mother disapproves of the friendship ― Tracey is spoiled with toys and TV time ― but can’t stop them from spending hours watching videos of old musicals and making up stories about ballet dancers. Though their similarities bound them together, in a crucial way the two dancers are different: Tracey has perfect arches and a gift for dance that the narrator simply doesn’t. As she carries on preparation to become a professional dancer, her friend resentfully finishes in standard school and attends university.

As they enter adulthood, they suffer a mysterious and traumatizing falling-out that effectively ends their friendship, and as the narrator goes to work as a personal assistant for Aimee, a famous pop singer, she slowly loses track of her old friend’s dance career and her life.

Meanwhile, Aimee takes a violently sudden interest in charity work, and the narrator finds herself spending weeks at a time in a small West African country working on a girls’ school her charismatic and impulsive boss has decided to found. There she meets Fern, an economist who manages the logistics of the project; Lamin, a handsome local teacher who’s in charge of guiding them; and Hawa, a bubbly young woman who teaches English. Well-intentioned but constantly misstepping, painfully reminded at every turn of her isolation ― not an equal of Aimee, nor capable of relating to the local people ― she’s frustrated by the mission she’s a part of, but also unsure of how to do better.

Back home, her mother, now a divorced politician, has fallen ill, and has begun hearing nonstop from Tracey, who seems bitter and unstable, full of grievances toward the narrator and her mother. When a personal and professional catastrophe devastates the narrator, Tracey is waiting, again, to vent her fury through revenge. Now a single mother of three, and no longer a dancer, she seems distant from her friend’s long-cherished ideal friend: spunky, sharp, beautiful, transcendently gifted.

What happens to Tracey, and to her friendship with the narrator? From the vantage point we’re given, it’s basically insanity ― a couple wild accusations from Tracey; first that their dance school piano player, an elderly man named Mr. Booth, touched her inappropriately; next a still-more shocking one about the narrator’s beloved father ― and then paranoia, rage, erratic behavior. The narrator vaguely disregards all of her friend’s claims, from a very early age; later, she’s horrified to hear that she’s sent “distressing emails” to such people as “[a] director at the Tricycle who had not cast her, she thought, because of color.” The accusation that Mr. Booth had been inappropriate, made directly to the dance teacher after Tracey was accused of stealing the cashboxes from a student show, is not only dismissed out of hand, but it’s clear that one friend worked hard to convince adults in charge to believe the teacher instead: “I made it as clear as I could that Mr. Booth had never laid a hand on me or on Tracey, nor anyone else, as far as I knew.”

Smith doesn’t seem to intend to give readers enough information to know whether Tracey was, specifically, harmed by Mr. Booth, or whether her career was thwarted by racist casting, or whether, as she complains, her black children have been discriminated against in the school system. The barrage of personal and political grievances seem, to the narrator, out of hand. On the other hand, her own story is full of unsettling stories of black girls being touched under their underwear by boys who crawled under their desks, of black actresses (including Tracey) treated as second-class in the theater world, and of black boys excluded from classrooms because their teachers somehow fear them. The cumulative effect is to make both the narrator’s struggles and her old friend’s paranoid twist seem more logical than at first glance.

During her rocky visits to West Africa, the narrator similarly finds herself befuddled by her surroundings ― but struggling not to superimpose the political over the personal. While her colleagues doggedly work to make the best of Aimee’s absurd resources, no matter how problematically distributed, the narrator becomes entangled in vaguely delineated suspicions of her employer’s privileged actions. When Aimee becomes infatuated with Lamin, or adopts a local baby, or sweeps in for a school opening, her assistant is always watching with the certain, sour sense that wrong is being done.

Is she wrong? Maybe not, but as the novel goes on, it’s difficult to see what good her political anxiety does, either. Time and again, Smith’s narrator offers the personal and the political, but she struggles to see how they might fit together, and in that she’s not so different from most people. 

The Bottom Line:

In a first-person twist on her buoyant, bustling London narratives, Smith examines the trouble of combining the personal and political, and captures the thrills of girlhood, dance, and first friendship. 

What other reviewers think:

The Atlantic: “Swing Time is criticism set to fiction, like dance is set to music. One complements — and animates — the other.” 

Jezebel: “Smith has a rare understanding of the psyche of girlhood, that rush of sexuality which is simultaneously exhilarating, frightening and confusing.” 

Who wrote it?

Zadie Smith vaulted to fame with the publication of her debut novel, White Teeth, when she was just 24. Smith has won a slew of prizes, including several for first novel. She has since published four more novels, including Swing Time and On Beauty, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2006. She also writes criticism. Born and raised in North West London, Smith studied at Cambridge. She is married to poet Nick Laird, with whom she has two children.

Who will read it?

Who won’t? Smith is a literary superstar, and her new book showcases why.

Opening lines (from Chapter 1):

“If all of the Saturdays of 1982 can be thought of as one day, I met Tracey at ten a.m. on that Saturday, walking through the sandy gravel of a churchyard, each holding our mother’s hand. There were many other girls present but for obvious reasons we noticed each other, the similarities and the differences, as girls will. Our shade of brown was exactly the same ― as if one piece of tan material had been cut to make us both ― and our freckles gathered in the same areas, we were of the same height.”

Notable passage:

“Tracy could ― did ― tell a teacher to ‘fuck off’ without even being sent to stand in the hall, but Jordan passed most of his time in that hall, for what seemed, to the rest of us, small infractions ― talking back, or not removing a baseball cap ― and after a while of this we began to understand that the teachers, especially the white women, were scared of him. We respected that: it seemed like a special thing, an achievement, to make a grown woman fear you, though you were only nine years old and mentally disabled. Personally I was on good terms with him: he had sometimes put his fingers in my knickers but I was never convinced he knew why he was doing it, and on the walk home, if we happened to fall in step, I sometimes sang for him ― the theme tune to ‘Top cat,’ a cartoon with which he was obsessed ― and this soothed and made him happy.”

Swing Time
By Zadie Smith
Penguin Press, $ 27.00
Published November 15, 2016

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The Bottom Line: ‘Zero K’ By Don DeLillo

A new Don DeLillo novel is an event. Whether his acrobatic semiotics lessons help you see the world with new lightness, or strike you as cold and conceptual, it’s hard to look away when the veteran imaginary publishes a new book.

Before his latest effort — Zero K, a futuristic look at technological advancements, extended life and the ethics that accompany it — was even released, FX snagged the rights to adapt it for television. Which makes sense, given the story’s sexy-sounding plot: Jeffery Lockhart learns that his distant, billionaire father, Ross, plans to preserve his younger wife’s body until medical advancements catch up, curing her of multiple sclerosis.

The premise isn’t so different from the goings-on of Silicon Valley, where Google-funded Calico was founded to focus on anti-aging research. The similarly motivated Methuselah Foundation aims to cure the toll aging takes on our bodies; The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research has been awarding scientists working in the field for decades. So, even if extended or eternal life is elusive, the resources actively devoted to the cause are real.

Skating along this rainbow’s edge of elusive and real, DeLillo takes us to the physical place where Ross’s wife, Artis, is preparing to die, entrusting her organs to science, taking an optimistic bet on future advancements. Called the Convergence, it’s a labyrinthine facility located in an isolated corner of Kyrgyzstan where the hopeful ill and the healthy but fervent prepare to devote themselves to the cause. Research is also conducted there, but to Jeff, who’s just arrived when the novel begins, it’s nothing more than a puzzling series of holding rooms, doors without handles, gardens visited by monk-like believers, and screenings of destruction, national disasters and self-immolation. “A literal landmark of implausibility,” he says.

The strangeness of the place unmoors Jeff, who roams its halls and finds solace in an old habit he picked up as a kid, working to define the objects he encounters, then defining the words within the definition, and so on until he’s thoroughly lost in a rabbit hole of words and meanings. The pleasure he takes in making abstract ideas concrete is reversed in Ross, who intentionally abstracts himself, going so far as to invent a name without a clear history, constructing a neat, cogent identity out of nothing. It’s no surprise, then, that the two clash when discussing the Convergence — Jeff the skeptic, Ross the willing embracer.

This dissonance between, and convergence of, the physical and metaphysical resonates throughout Zero K, becoming especially clear when Jeff reflects on his relationship with his mother, Madeline, and contrasts it with his relationship with Ross. Madeline is sensual, rooted in the physical world. Once, when she and Ross were fighting, she stabbed him in the shoulder with a steak knife before they wordlessly reconciled.

“She watched the traffic channel with accompanying weather reports,” Jeff remembers. “She stared at the newspaper but not necessarily the news.” These daily habits accrue to form a life with a shape to it, a clear beginning and end. Ross, on the other hand, responds to Jeff’s quotidian observations with oblique musings: “You shaved your beard,” Jeff comments, to which Ross responds, “There are things I’ve been thinking about.”

These things — the eternal questions swirling around the possibility of life without death — are rattled off in a funny scene by the designers of the Convergence, quick-talking Scandinavian twins who sport casual techie getups and finish each other’s sentences. Parodying the glib, glossy tone characteristic of TED Talks, one asks, “Isn’t death a blessing? Doesn’t it define the value of our lives, minute to minute, year to year?” “Many other questions,” the other adds. One could imagine them as extras in “The Social Network.”

They aren’t the only Convergence supporters whose language has a certain insincere sheen. When Jeff meets a meditative man in a garden on the site, the man speaks of a time when there will be “no similes, metaphors, analogies,” and leaves unimpressed.

So, the book, and it’s life-affirming conclusion, could be read as a triumph of honest language, the kind of human expression that comes out unfiltered when we’re spurred on by awe, by urgency, by the promise of eventual death.

In the throes of a hurtful debate with his father, Jeff thinks, “She stabbed him. My mother stabbed this man with a steak knife. My turn now,” before flinging a heartfelt insult, with effects that leave a mark.

The bottom line:

As ever, DeLillo explores the depths of an edgy, timely topic, completely resisting cliché, and emerges with something both fresh and universal. 

What other reviewers think:

The New York Times: “DeLillo’s novels generally ­offer consolation simply by enacting so well the mystery and awe of the real world, by probing deeply and mystically into so much, and by offering the pleasures of his unique style.”

The Washington Post: “Although the plot of ‘Zero K’ doesn’t always hang together, DeLillo has written a profound and deeply moral book.”

Who wrote it?

This is Don DeLillo’s 16th novel. He is also the author of White Noise, winner of the National Book Award and National Book Critic’s Circle Award, and Mao II, a nominee for the Pulitzer Prize.

Who will read it?

Anyone interested in inventive, contemporary fiction, or the ethics underlying futurist ideals.

Opening lines:

Everyone wants to own the end of the world. This is what my father said, standing by the contoured windows in his New York office — private wealth management, dynasty trusts, emerging markets.

Notable passage:

I got up and walked across the floor to the spare room, where I went directly to the window. Stood and looked. Spare land, skin and bones, distant ridges whose height I could not estimate without a dependable reference. Sky pale and bare, day fading in the west, if it was the west, if it was the sky. I stepped back gradually and watched the view reduce itself within the limits of the window frame.

Zero K
By Don DeLillo
May 3, 2016
Scribner, $ 27.00

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