Man Repeller launches pop-up location

The brain child of Leandra Medine will add soon a physical location to its online domain.

According to WWD, Medine’s online destination for all those both fashionable and intelligent Man Repeller will open a pop-up location on Canal Street on March 1. Called MR Bazaar, the location will serve as a “physical manifestation of the site,” Medine told WWD, acting as one part merchandise space and one part community center.

The move is an extension of the online destination’s “community event series,” created in June 2016, reports WWD, and Medine says that the pop-up space seeks to solidify the Man Repeller community and present readers with a physical space to engage with the website’s culture.

“It got me thinking that it would be incredible if we had a space where we could bring the dot-com to life, where people could come and shop, sit and read, get cool recommendations, drink a coffee and discover a new food,” she told WWD.

With the pop-up location sticking around at 265 Canal Street for only a month, you may want to stop by before the doors close: WWD says the site will feature “Monogram x Man Repeller collaboration T-shirts, the MR by Man Repeller shoe collection, hats, T-shirts and mugs,” as well as “limited-edition Name Glo x Man Repeller neon LED lights — in the shape of boobs.”

Time to start planning a trip!

 

Rent the Runway opens Manhattan brick-and-mortar

Partnering with Neiman Marcus just wasn’t enough for Rent the Runway; instead of just finding a home within a department store, the luxury fashion loaner had to open their own brick-and-mortar store in Manhattan on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

According to WWD, while the company already has freestanding stores in Chicago, Washington, D.C., California and Las Vegas, the 5,000-square-foot Manhattan flagship store opened its doors for the first time at 30 West 15th Street this week, replacing Rent the Runway’s pop-up shop in the same area.

Founder Jennifer Hyman told WWD that the Manhattan flagship is the first of 15 forthcoming flagships coming in major cities in the United States. “Two units are scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2017, she said, but declined to reveal the locations,” WWD reports.

Similar to their presence in a San Francisco Neiman Marcus, Rent the Runway’s store will feature the RTR Bar, a customer relations service where shoppers can directly “ask associates about fits and styles and address issues about orders,” says WWD. With over 200,000 products from 400-plus designers, WWD reports that Rent the Runway will change their inventory daily — something shoppers can check from the convenience of the company app.

With different stylist services and rental packages available, Rent the Runway is providing a new shopping experience that, as Hyman explained to WWD about their in-house styling, is all about “discovery, having fun with your closet and getting dressed without the commitment.”

To learn more about the new flagship, head over to WWD.

SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker gets a new home

A holiday shoe collection and a line of stunning little black dresses isn’t enough for Sarah Jessica Parker; but then again, when a girl’s wardrobe grows, it needs much more space to be displayed.

That’s where Parker’s new brick-and-more store comes in. According to WWD, the Sex and the City alum is opening her first free-standing store outside of Washington, D.C. in the upcoming MGM National Harbor Resort. Set to makes its grand opening on Dec. 8 along with the National Harbor, Md. hotel, the store “will stock Parker’s SJP Collection shoe label,” reports WWD, “as well as her little black dress collection, handbags, jewelry and other assorted accessories.

In a statement on the opening of her brand-new store, WWD says Parker explained her excitement over the project this way: “Opening a stand-alone store has long been a dream we have been working towards and we feel truly privileged to be doing so with the expertise, guidance and support of our brilliant partners at MGM Resorts.”

So if you’re already strapped in the car and ready to get to Maryland in time for the grand opening, WWD says to expect products in SJP’s store to cost between $30 and $700 — quite the range for some serious style.

Hadid and Reebok team up for ‘#PerfectNever’ campaign

It looks like UFC fighter Ronda Rousey will have a little company in representing Reebok in their #PerfectNever campaign.

According to WWD, Gigi Hadid has signed on to front the brand’s initiative, all in an effort to “encourage women to use exercise and physical fitness ‘as an escape to drown out all of the negativity that surrounds them,’ by zeroing in on the social, physical and mental benefits.”

Although she is an IMG-signed model, Hadid is no stranger to athletics, says WWD, reporting that the 21-year-old was once a competitive athlete herself, participating in horseback riding and volleyball — even attempting the Junior Olympic qualifiers.

But fitness is still a significant part of Hadid’s life, as the model said focusing on the physical demands helps her escape her own psyche.

“Working out isn’t only physical for me. It’s mental. It helps me escape the noise in my head. It’s the only time my mind goes quiet,” Hadid said, according to WWD. “When I was a competitive athlete, I used to be so focused on being perfect that my coaches would take me out of competing all together. I’d focus on my mistakes which would breed more missteps — a domino effect. Until I learned to change the channel, to refocus, reset. It was my mistakes, my imperfections that motivated me most.”

Seeming like a natural fit for this campaign, WWD explained that the #PerfectNever campaign serves as an “inspirational call to action that asks women around the world to celebrate the beauty of imperfection and champions Reebok’s intrinsic message of self-betterment.”

To see Hadid’s photos for the campaign, click here.

SJP launches new LBD collection

Style and Sarah Jessica Parker just seem to go hand-in-hand — look no further than her red carpet appearances and her work on Sex and the City for proof. But even though the actress has since moved on to another project (Divorce, airing on HBO), Parker is still attached to fashion, so much so that she’s releasing a dress line.

According to WWD, Parker is set to unveil an all-black dress line called “SJP LBD,” with all the pieces in the collection said to be made in the United States. Sold exclusively at Bloomingdale’s, the first of the LBD line will debut in October, reports WWD.

While entering the clothing arena is a new endeavor for Parker, WWD says that she also has a two-year-old shoe line, as well as a new fragrance that launched in August called, “Stash,” the “bad-girl foil” to her other fragrance, “Lovely.”

To check out a sneak-peak of the line, click here.

Beckham expands design talents to cosmetics

She launched to fame as Posh Spice in the ’90s pop group known as the Spice Girls, and later she rebranded herself as a successful fashion designer. But now, Victoria Beckham is  expanding her design talents to craft an exclusive line of cosmetics.

According to WWD, Beckham is set to launch a limited-edition collection of color cosmetics with Estée Lauder. Due out in the United States and in the United Kingdom on Sept. 13, Beckham told WWD that the collection will stay true to her now-iconic aesthetic, offering products to help create “a smoky eye, a nude lip, or dewy skin.”

WWD reports that the collection will deliver mostly eye and lip products, but will also offer bronzers and highlighters, with prices ranging from “$30 for the designer’s signature nude-matte lip pencil to $45 for an Eye Metals Eyeshadow, $95 for the Morning Aura Illuminating Crème and $1,200 for the Victoria Beckham Collection Daylight Edition, a light box that includes a removable lighted mirror as well as 8 products.”

With both trendy and classic products ready to be released, Beckham told WWD that the collection is a reflection of herself. “I’ve been very honest, very true to myself,” she said. “This has been something that I’ve wanted to do for so many years.”

Group President of The Estée Lauder Cos. Jane Hertzmark Hudis explained their collaboration with Beckham to WWD, sharing that the company has long desired to work with the designer. “We’ve had our eye on her for a long time,” Hertzmark Hudis said. “There are women in this world that represent the Estée Lauder point of view, and she is one of them.”

As for how Beckham represents their brand, Hertzmark Hudis framed Beckham in the company’s larger narrative:

“To us, she’s a next-generation Estée: Authentic, an entrepreneur, wife, mother, fashion designer — and she’s a beauty maven,” she told WWD. Some people in fashion are into fashion, but not beauty. She’s into the whole picture, and has a vision. She knows her style, her point of view and about the way she wants women to look, feel, act and be comfortable in their skin — but really have a great deal of glamour at the same time.”

If you’re already anticipating the Beckham x Estée Lauder collaboration, WWD says the entire collection will be available at Bergdorf Goodman (in stores and online) and  Selfridges, as well as “Victoria Beckham’s Dover Street store in London and on victoriabeckham.com and esteelauder.com from Sept. 13. It will launch in the rest of the world from Oct. 1.”

Larson to direct ‘Unicorn Store’

On the heels of her Captain Marvel announcement, Brie Larson has even more big news to share with her fans.

According to WWD, Larson will be directing her first feature film called Unicorn Store, an indie comedy in which the Room actress will not only take director’s chair, but will also star in and produce.

While not much is known about the film’s premise, WWD reports, “The film’s sparse IMDb page provides few clues, but offers this brief synopsis: ‘A woman named moves back to her parent’s house, where she receives a mysterious invitation to open her own shop.'”

Variety reports that other producers for Unicorn Store are “David Bernad and Ruben Fleischer through their company The District, Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis and Terry Dougas. Jean-Luc De Fanti and Anne Woodward are exec producing.” The film will be based on a screenplay by Samantha McIntyre.

Unicorn Store will begin filming in October, according to Variety, and is said to be due out in 2017.

Roy and Odabash team up for swimsuit design

Designers Rachel Roy and Melissa Odabash teamed up to design one stunner of a swimsuit — and you’ll definitely want to add it to your summer rotation.

According to WWD, Roy is unveiling a new swimsuit line, and to give a taste of her forthcoming collection, the designer released a new suit with luxury fashion and beachwear designer Melissa Odabash. The monokini style features a straight, strapless neckline, string ties at the hip and is covered with studs — and it’s even available in white, nude and black, according to WWD.

Available exclusively on RachelRoy.com for $369, Roy told WWD that this marks her first dip into the waters of designing swimwear. “Swim is very technical and you have to find the right partner to do it justice,” she told WWD. “What I appreciate about Melissa is that she is very attuned to what real women want from swimwear: beautiful designs, timeless sophistication and cuts that flatter.”

While Roy said she knew she always wanted to design swimwear, she also knew that she wanted to make her new swimsuits perfect, says WWD.

Explaining that she wanted to achieve a flawless fit, Roy told WWD, “You want to be comfortable and sexy at the same time … Melissa and I had quite a few rounds of fittings to ensure support and coverage in the most flattering ways possible. Trying on samples has made all of the difference for me over the years, and swim is no different.”

Although the full line will be revealed in October, according to WWD, you can shop the Rachel Roy x Melissa Odabash monokini now by clicking here. And be sure to check out other styles by Melissa Odabash here.

Happy Shopping!

Forbes announces top self-made women

There’s a world of women out there that have worked their way to the top of their respective industries — that’s what Forbes’ list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women reminds us.

Announced on June 1, the magazine’s cover features nine of the list’s top-earners, including clothier Nasty Gal‘s Sophia Amoruso, Hewlett Packard‘s Meg Whitman and makeup company NYX‘s Toni Ko.

In the top 10 self-made successes were “Doris Fisher, cofounder of the Gap, who came in at number three with a net worth of $2.4 billion, and Jin Sook Chang, cofounder of Forever 21, who was ranked number nine with a net worth of $1.9 billion,” according to WWD. Also in the top 10 was Oprah Winfrey, who settled at the No. 2 spot with a net worth of $3.1 billion, says WWD.

Out of the list’s top 60 earners, several come from the fashion world, including Tory Burch, who holds the 19 spot with a net worth of $750 million; Donna Karan, who sits at No. 31 with $450 million net worth; and Diane von Furstenburg, who holds the No. 43 spot at $340 million net worth, according to WWD.

The list also has a good showing of women in the technology industry, with WWD reporting that women like “HP’s Meg Whitman (number 6 at $2.1 billion); Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg (number 14 at $1.4 billion); Yahoo’s Marisa Mayer (number 33 at $430 million), and YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki (number 40 at $350 million)” occupy a portion of the rankings.

But, sitting atop the list is Diane Hendricks, the owner of America’s largest wholesale distributor of roofing and siding ABC Supply, who is worth almost $4.9 billion, according to WWD and Forbes.

To decide which women make the list, Forbes says that while all women had to have made the majority of their earnings in the United States and be citizens or longtime residents, they also have to have a minimum of a $250 million net worth to be considered. The net worth values were compiled with help from outside experts.

Forbes also considered other factors in composing the list, explaining their methodology this way:

“In cases in which women started businesses with, and still share with, their husbands, Forbes assigned them half of that combined wealth. Forbes calculated the stakes in public companies using stock prices from May 13, 2016. For entertainers, they based estimates on net lifetime earnings.  Real estate, art and other assets were also factored in where applicable.”

 

 

A ‘runway’ worthy princess dress

It’s only fitting that Disney’s first Latina princess gets a dress straight from the runway — Project Runway, that is.

According to WWDProject Runway All Stars alum Layana Aguilar designed the dress for Disney’s latest princess, “Elena of Avalor.” Elena, voiced by Young & Hungry star Aimee Carrero, will make her debut in the cartoon series on the Disney Channel in July, in which “the brave and adventurous teenager … saves her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must learn to rule until she is old enough to be queen.”

Although Aguilar may not have been summoned by royal command to craft the Latina princess’ dress, her talents were tapped for the project after being connected to Disney via Runway host Tim Gunn, according to WWD.

Gunn, who voices a character on Disney Junior show Sofia the First, was “the resource Disney turned to when it needed a designer to create a ballgown for Elena of Avalor,” reports WWD. After a meeting with Joe D’Ambrosia, Disney Junior’s senior vice president of original programming, “Aguilar was encouraged to create whatever she imagined.”

Aguilar drew inspiration for Elena’s gown from her own South American heritage, according to WWD, crafting the first-ever Disney princess gown with a print. WWD says Aguilar “tapped into a childhood memory of her grandmother embroidering colorful mandala flowers.”

“The feeling to it is very Peruvian, Inca-like,” she said of the dress. “When they first showed me Princess Elena and I read a little bit about that story, it took me back to that memory.”

Discussing the experience of designing the dress for the animated princess, Aguilar said, “This experience opened my mind to other experiences you can have as a fashion designer. We’re often so caught up in designing lines and doing trade shows. At the end of the day, you get so much more money and exposure from collaborations with major brands,” according to WWD.

But, for Aguilar, designing the gown was “a dream come true. I really wanted it to be something that has to do with my upbringing.”