Today’s Fashion Headlines: October 16, 2012

October 16, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

Levi’s starts to save the planet, Liz Goldwyn teams up with MAC for the holidays, Lucky Brand starts up new RTW and accessories collections and women’s apparel prices on the rise

Levi’s New Eco-Line

The Levi’s brand will unveil today a new line of men’s and women’s denim made in part from recycled plastic bottles and food trays. Each pair of jeans in the Waste<Less collection will include a minimum of 20 percent post-consumer recycled content, which amounts to about eight 12- to 20-ounce plastic bottles in each pair of jeans.

“By adding value to waste, we hope to change the way people think about recycling, ultimately incentivizing them to do more of it,” said James Curleigh, global president of the Levi’s brand, a unit of San Francisco-based Levi Strauss & Co. “This collection proves that you don’t have to sacrifice quality, comfort or style to give an end a new beginning.” The Waste<Less designs will launch globally in Levi’s stores and on in January. The jeans will retail for $69 to $128.

MAC Goes Vintage for the Holidays

Los Angeles-based artist, filmmaker and fashion muse Liz Goldwyn has teamed with MAC Cosmetics to create makeup bags as part of its holiday collection, Fabulousness. On sale in MAC stores Oct. 25 to Dec. 20, the three-piece range includes a brush bag, an evening-style clutch and a hanging bag packaged with various MAC products and palettes inspired by Goldwyn’s trademark vintage style.

For Goldwyn, the granddaughter of movie-studio founder Samuel L. Goldwyn and actress Frances Howard, Hollywood glamour runs in her blood. She is also a lingerie expert, having created a book and an HBO documentary on the subject, both called “Pretty Things.”  For MAC, which supported “Pretty Things” in 2005 by creating the makeup look for Goldwyn and the other performers in the film’s finale, she was a natural choice to create lingerie-inspired accessories — the company’s first foray into bags.

Lucky Brand’s New Jewels

Lucky Brand has just signed new collaborations for both ready-to-wear and accessories. The RTW collaboration is with textile designers Carolina Irving and Lisa Fine, who are known for their bohemian sensibility. They will be working with Lucky on two collections for Spring 2013 and Summer 2014. The spring line will hit Lucky Brand stores, and select department stores in February. For their collaboration with Lucky Brand, Irving and Fine infuse their signature aesthetic into woven tops, dresses, jeans, jackets and accessories. The spring collection retails from $89.50 to $199. A six-piece collection for summer is priced from $89.50 to $169.

The company will also collaborate with jewelry designer Melissa Joy Manning. The collaboration includes statement necklaces adorned with turquoise and agate, a chain bib necklace, a bracelet and ring crafted from agate and hammered metal, etched metal hoop earrings and turquoise set stone earrings. The pieces range from $35 to $99. Beginning in January, the Melissa Joy Manning for Lucky Brand collection will be available at Lucky Brand stores and at “Partnering with other designers allows us to diversify our product assortment while staying true to who we are as a brand,” said Dave DeMattei, chief executive officer of Lucky Brand.

Women’s Apparel Prices Rise

Apparel retailers regained some pricing power in September after losing ground in August, the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index showed Tuesday. Women’s apparel prices rose a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent in September compared with August and girls’ apparel rose 3.6 percent in the month, helping boost overall apparel prices by 0.3 percent last month.

However, there was some weakness in men’s and boys’ apparel prices. Men’s apparel prices fell a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent last month, while boys’ apparel prices fell 3.1 percent. The overall CPI, a key gauge of inflation in the U.S. economy, rose 0.6 percent in September, following the same increase in August. Core prices, excluding volatile food and energy prices, edged up 0.1 percent.

– Taneisha Jordan

Source & Photo: WWD

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