By Dorothy Crouch | June 10, 2021
Blending her love of fashion with a lineage of garment making, Kristen d’Offay set out on a new career when she began development of her <strong>d’Offay</strong> line two years ago. On June 15, d’Offay will launch as a luxury women’s brand created using dead-stock textiles that provide the foundation for more-responsible fashion.
Industry Voices: Fashion
Throughout these past 15 months, many people have been asking for my 2 cents on the state of fashion post-COVID. For most, during these Zooming-from-home pandemic times, the dress code has been pajamas, athleisure, sweats—you know. If you keep up with retail-fashion news, you have seen the headlines: “Sweats are selling like crazy,” “It’s all about comfy clothes,” “Pajamas, pajamas, pajamas!”
Following the May premiere of “Halston,” the Netflix project starring Ewan McGregor as the late luxury designer Roy Halston Frowick, whose work defined the 1970s era of disco grandeur and early 1980s period of excess, the designer’s namesake brand released a limited-edition capsule collection of eveningwear.
Moving from its digital presence, The Black Fashion Movement will host its first on-site designer showcase at Galleria Dallas.
Building her résumé as a fashion designer, actor, producer, Harvard University student and changemaker Yara Shahidi recently partnered with the sportswear brand Adidas to create a collection that pays homage to her heritage and the next generation of those who are making an impact in the world.
Moschino Creative Director Jeremy Scott was inspired to create a Sesame Street collection starring Kacey Musgraves.
On May 8, Otis College of Art and Design hosted its 39th Annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show as a virtual event named “Virtually Cool” for students to showcase their work created with mentors, such as the AG Jeans Stronger Together collection.
With its second season scheduled to premiere July 16 on Amazon Prime Video, “Making the Cut” recently announced the group of 10 designers who will engage in the competition for $1 million and a mentorship opportunity with Amazon Fashion.
Nikki Reed recently partnered with eco-luxury sneaker brand Loci to create a capsule of classic styles using recycled ocean plastics.
With a history of showing its support for different organizations and movements, Citizens of Humanity has donated more than $180,000 to aid a variety of organizations over the last year.
The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund announced its 2021 finalists on April 27 and Los Angeles-based designers were among those selected. Both House of Aama by Rebecca Henry and Akua Shabaka, and designer Kenneth Nicholson were among the 10 finalists for this year’s award.
For the second consecutive year, fiber provider Lenzing and the sustainable-fashion advocacy group Red Carpet Green Dress joined together to bring more-sustainable options to elegant dressing during this year’s Oscars, which was held on April 25.
For its Spring 2021 collection, Johnny Was sought inspiration from desert elements such as the beauty of a warm sunset set against a glorious cool blue sky.
Remembering Jim Watterson
Upon the March 30 death of Jim Watterson in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Los Angeles’ fashion and humanitarian lights dimmed. A graduate of the University of Washington, Watterson was born May 12, 1935, in Seattle, moving to Los Angeles in 1964. A founding male-affiliate member of The Fashion Group International, New York, he joined the May Department Stores Company in 1977, serving 22 years, rising to vice president of public relations and special events.
ART MEETS FASHION BASICS
Andrew Hanson hopes to go beyond labels with Clothing That Speaks, his Los Angeles–based emerging fashion line that made its official debut in January.