Anne Barge Celebrates 20 Years in Bridal Business, Readies to Launch Little White Dress Collection

NEW YORK – Anne Barge celebrated its 20th anniversary Thursday with a New York fashion show and a one-night retrospective, and creative director Shawne Jacobs is planning for the company’s next chapter.
A graduate of the American Intercontinental University in Atlanta, she joined the company in 2001. In 2012, during a trip to one of the company’s factories in China, Jacobs and her husband learned of Barge’s succession idea. “She saw us really working together as a team. Me working as creative director designing for the brand and my husband running the financial side of it,” Jacobs said.
For Thursday night’s Anne Barge runway show, gowns from the namesake’s archives were reimagined to infuse new elements to some traditional and classic styles. The result led to architectural designs made with Italian Kalika and allover floral Alençon laces for more feminine accents. There were also tulle designs with 3-D textures and metallic floral embroidery. To give brides-to-be more youthful options, the company offered jumpsuits, bustiers and illusion necklines.
Having attended its first bridal market in China in July, the company aims to build sales in China, which is not overflowing with Western bridal designers. In addition, brides in China typically wear four or five different

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Alexander Wang Readies for Rockefeller Center Runway Show

IN A NEW YORK MINUTE: Alexander Wang is taking a democratized approach to his Friday night show at Rockefeller Center. About 360 media types and invited guests will be “rinkside,” as in watching every model’s turn where the storied skating rink resides in wintery months. In addition, nearly 1,000 fans and passersby will line the upper level. The al fresco set-up is a first for Rockefeller Center, as the designer has made a habit of incorporating public elements and consumer touchpoints in his industry-related efforts.
“Part of the coup of winning this location” is that the company has a really organized location for industry types “to sit and see the show in a very controlled manner on the lower level,” an Alexander Wang spokesman said. “Then, we invite essentially New York City to come to experience the show on the upper plaza. As an American brand that is rooted in New York, Rockefeller Center represented the energy and the epicenter of New York City,” according to a spokesman for the designer.
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NBC News Readies May Launch of Streaming-Video Service

NBC News already pumps out stories and headlines via broadcast and cable TV. Soon it will do so on a sustained basis via streaming video. The NBCUniversal unit plans to launch NBC News Now, a free ad-supported news service that will transmit via broadband and is free to anyone, no matter whether they subscribe to […]

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Apple’s Executive Shake-Up Readies Company for Life After iPhone

Apple is shaking up leadership and reordering priorities across its services, artificial intelligence, hardware and retail divisions as it works to reduce the company’s reliance on iPhone sales.
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Zac Posen Readies for Memorial Day Launch of New Uniforms for Delta

Zac Posen’s Memorial Day plans are all about travel, as he officially launches new uniforms for Delta.
The designer will be at LaGuardia Airport Monday afternoon with Delta staffers showing off their new attire, around the same time that a Singapore departure will be taking flight wearing his designs. In total, Posen and his team are suiting up 64,000 staffers. Lands’ End partnered on the project to handle the production, which included a wide range of sizing including petites and tall.
After the Memorial Day debut, Posen will board a plane to fly to Delta’s home city of Atlanta for the start of a whirlwind 48-hour cross-country tour that will feature fashion shows in-flight and in airports. He will also make stops in Minneapolis and Los Angeles.
Having done a considerable amount of “job shadowing,” Posen said the physicality of Delta employees’ work called for micro bacterial and stretch fabrics. Since January, he has taken 40 flights learning about employees’ lives and careers. “A lot of the cabin crews are lifers who have had incredible experiences traveling the world.” he said. “It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience to go from baggage check-in to ticketing at the counter to learning how to use the

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Uber Hack Clouds Valuation as SoftBank Readies Bid

SoftBank Group is expected to proceed with an offer to buy billions of dollars worth of shares from Uber Technologies’ stakeholders, but the security breach involving 57 million Uber accounts could change the investor’s evaluation of the ride-hailing company’s shares.
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Eva Longoria Readies for New York Fashion Week Debut With Kia STYLE360

IT’S A FIRST: Eva Longoria, Rosario Dawson and Alysia Reiner are part of the batch of well-known newcomers that will be showing during next month’s New York Fashion Week.
They will be part of Kia STYLE360’s roster at Metropolitan West, which is located at 639 West 46th Street where live-streaming the shows, 360-degree virtual reality broadcasts and Facebook Live will all be part of the deal. Staring things off on Sept. 11, will be Studio 189 by Dawson and Abrima Erwiah. The proactive duo are trying to use artisanal sustainable fashion as an agent for social change. That night Andy Hilfiger, who certainly has attended his share of runway shows over the years, will be hosting one of his own as creative director of Artistix by Greg Polisseni.
With three directing projects “Black-ish,” Dylan McDermott’s new show “L.A. to Vegas” and Kaitlin Olson’s Fox show “The Mick,” Longoria will have no trouble calling the shots at the first show for her affordable Eva Longoria Collection on Sept.r 13. Another familiar face from the small screen is Vanessa Simmons of MTV’s “Run’s House,” who has been tweeting about her upcoming fashion week debut. Bad Butterfly presented by Candice Cuoco x Vanessa Simmons is on deck for

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Dolls Kill Readies for First Store in Haight District

TESTING, TESTING: Dolls Kill on Saturday makes the leap into the physical world for the first time with a temporary shop in San Francisco’s Haight District.
The 1,100-square-foot store, located at 1475 Haight Street, kicks off with a collection the company’s calling “In Dust We Trust.” The offering consists of futuristic platform boots, catsuits and furry tops and jackets. The store will continue to roll out the fall collection in addition to having a broad footwear assortment. It’s expected to be stocked with costume and party wear closer to the store’s planned closing after Halloween.
Dolls Kill, based in San Francisco, has carved a niche for itself in online retailing since its launch in 2011 building a business it says is “for the misfits and miss legits” and an Instagram following of 1.3 million. Its multibrand online boutique carries its own line along with that of others such as Obey, The Ragged Priest, Petals and Peacocks, For Love & Lemons, Wildfox, Dr. Martens and Lazy Oaf. The company’s managed to resonate across a broad spectrum of subcultures in what could generally be defined as an antiestablishment sort of ethos with what it calls its dolls. Each doll’s personality aims to click with

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StarkX Readies for Next Phase of Growth

GROWTH MODE: Perry Stark four years ago founded her line of casual basics called StarkX and the Los Angeles brand may finally be hitting its stride.
The line doubled its door count in the past year to about 100 stores, including Anthropologie and Saint Bernard in Dallas. The designer just recently launched e-commerce following a doubling in companywide sales as demand has strengthened for her line of casual, easy separates. Think cotton gauze pants and blouses mixed with linen jersey tops.
The line is made in downtown Los Angeles, around the same area where the designer attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising some 27 years ago when the school was still on Flower and 7th Streets and the Staples Center didn’t yet exist.
The designer’s now plotting an expansion into Europe and in the spring began testing the concession model with an in-line shop at Addō Sag Harbor in the Hamptons.
“It’s been amazing and we just sell more and more. It’s perfect for resort,” Stark said of the shop.
The designer would eventually like to open her own stores, with growth into that expected next spring. Stark said she’s eyeing markets such as Brentwood, Santa Monica or Malibu for her first store.
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Geller Readies Gustav von Aschenbach Launch

NEW YORK — Just call him Gustav.
Robert Geller’s new brand, which he will unveil Tuesday with a show during New York Fashion Week: Men’s, may have a mouthful of a name – Gustav von Aschenbach – but that’s in direct contrast to its style, which focuses on casual, oversize silhouettes with few embellishments.
“In my mind, that’s where men’s wear is going,” he said. “It’s about silhouettes and ease.”
Geller said he’d been “thinking about silhouettes for a long time” and felt he was finally ready to branch out.
The general shape of the silhouettes is “quite round,” he said, and the pieces are all manufactured in Japan from Japanese fabrics and are “more simple than Robert Geller.” There are no prints or patterns — although a couple of pieces have stripes. Linens and linen blends with “some synthetics mixed in” provide a worn-in aesthetic. There are oversize T-shirts and sweatshirts, cowl-neck anoraks, softly tailored topcoats and utilitarian jackets, “light and breezy pants” and shirts in “crunchy” fabrics. Knit bombers and cardigans as well as a few oversize canvas bags and sneakers round out the offering.
“The details are so simple, so the silhouette is important,” he said. “I want it to be very

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Heacket, ‘World’s Most Durable Heated Jacket,’ Readies for Launch

HOT HOT HEAT: Owen Zhang is a self-professed lover of the outdoors.
After getting his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the The University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Minneapolis, Zhang traveled home to Shenzhen, China to launch Meltpartners, a company that manufactures and retails outdoor sporting goods. In 2014, he linked with a company there called Heacket — a play on the words “heat” and “jacket” — and together the two set out to create “the world’s most durable heated jacket.”
Two years later, a new line of jackets is ready for its debut. The Heacket team has set up an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to test the market, where interested buyers can preorder the style at a discounted price.
WWD received an early sample of the jacket, a chic navy blue style with a generous hood, red contrast zipper detailing and a wind and water-resistant outer shell. The jacket is also offered in pink and black in a range of sizes for men and women. There are four battery-operated controlled heating zones — both battery and charger are included with purchase — and the jacket takes three seconds to warm up.
Zhang emphasized that the jacket is meant for active lifestyles and can be

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Robert Clergerie Readies Instagram Competition

POSTER GIRL: Robert Clergerie is kicking off an Instagram campaign to find its next “Clergerie Girl,” with its first user-generated contest. The French footwear brand has enlisted the help of The Man Repeller founder Leandra Medine to judge a digital contest in which fans can post pictures of their life accompanied by the hashtag #ClergerieGirls, depicting on-brand messaging.
Medine and house creative director Roland Mouret will choose four finalists at the end of October, who will face off in an Instagram competition to win a trip to Paris Fashion Week in March, a dinner hosted in their honor, and a visit to the Clergerie atelier in the south of France.
The finalists will be asked to style a shoot featuring Clergerie designs, the fruits of which will be posted to social media — where fans will select a winner along with input from Medine and Mouret.
Mouret said of the contest: “This is very aligned with Robert Clergerie as it has always been a brand for free, confident, audacious women.”

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Sister Sledge Performs for Pope Francis in Philly, Readies to Release New Single

Sister Sledge needs only three words to identify them: “We Are Family.”
That 1978 breakout hit rocketed the Philadelphia foursome of Debbie. Joni, Kim and Kathy Sledge to fame. The latter has since gone solo, but nearly 40 years after the song’s release, the sisters were back at it Saturday, belting out the song for Pope Francis at the Festival of Families.
In a phone interview earlier this week, Joni Sledge said, “This song in particular is a gift. In this particular case, it was made for this day.”
And no matter how much of an anthem it has become, the song’s relevance remains intact, Joni Sledge said. “It’s just as powerful today. That’s one of the good things about it. It teaches respect. It’s kind of deep and teaches [that] we don’t have to profile, we don’t have to wear the latest fashions — we can just be one big family.”
To be chosen to perform for the pope, the Sledges submitted a video that featured clips from their world tour last year to the festival’s organizers. They also wrote a letter together about faith, family and love, morals they share with the pope. “Growing up, we honored his view which is very open

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Ermanno Scervino Readies First Women’s Brand

A look from Ermanno Scervino.

Ermanno Scervino is gearing up to unveil Ermanno, the designer’s first women’s contemporary brand.

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