As designers such as Derek Lam, Doo-Ri Chung, Behnaz Sarafpour and
Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are climbing fashion’s ranks, a handful of up-and-comers are in hot
is definitely moving faster than we thought it would," said Wen Zhou,
chief executive officer of 3.1 Phillip Lim. But like many of her peers,
she is taking it in stride while keeping an eye out for new prospects.
3.1 Phllip Lim is scouting a location for the designer’s first freestanding store,
which is expected to open in SoHo next year. The 3,500-square-foot
space the company hopes to close on this month would give Lim enough
room to display the lifestyle of the brand.
Rodarte‘s Laura and Kate Mulleavy have plenty in
store for the next six months or so. Their label’s first collection of
gloves, shoes and jewelry is being launched at On Pedder, a luxury
accessories boutique in Hong Kong. This spring the sisters will start
selling their ready-to-wear to Barneys New York and Browns in London.
Barneys has also picked up the shoes they designed in collaboration
with Christian Loboutin.
Thakoon Panichgul is using accessories to rev up
interest in his Thakoon label. Sales have jumped 120 percent this year and
further growth is planned now that Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus
have picked up the collection for spring. Barneys has
increased the number of stores carrying the collection to four. Internationally,
the Thakoon collection is being sold in 12 countries.
Lela Rose is another designer who will be showing
off new shoes on the runway in February. Through a collaboration with
Payless as a guest designer, Rose has pulled together her first
footwear collection. Another addition to her design portfolio is a
wedding dress collection that hits stores this spring.
Gueron said she was considering looking overseas for growth, and
intended to set up a licensing deal with a partner in Japan or Hong
Kong. But she remains committed to the U.S. To
drum up more interest, Gueron has produced her first resort collection
for 2007. She also has made an effort to add more separates like
cashmere sweaters, knits, jeans, jackets and coats to her signature
collection. In seasons past, she was known for cocktail dresses and
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