Today’s Fashion Headlines: December 4, 2012

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December 4, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

Derek Lam to add shoes to his collections, Wilts leaves Elie Tahari after six months and Carine’s first issue sells out.

Derek Lam to Launch Shoes

Derek Lam will expand his contemporary accessories offering with a footwear collection for 10 Crosby Derek Lam. Following the launch of bags for spring, the designer will introduce the line’s first shoe collection today for the pre-Fall season though a licensing agreement with Schwartz and Benjamin.

The 24-style 10 Crosby Derek Lam footwear collection was conceptualized with the idea of linear and diagonal colorblocking in mind — and heavily influenced by French footwear designer Maud Frizon’s prints and Charles Jourdan’s advertising campaigns from the Seventies. Retail prices will range from $295 to $395, with knee high boots going up to $575.

“It’s downtown Derek Lam. It’s really inspired by the girls on Crosby Street,” Schlottmann said Monday at the company’s showroom here in SoHo. “For 10 Crosby, accessories completes the playful yet chic look of the collection. The starting point is always with perfect classics, the foundation of great style. From there I twist things up to create unexpected surprises in the collection,” Lam added.

Wilts Leaves Tahari

After roughly six months on the job, Elie Tahari creative director Ingo Wilts has exited to return to Europe for personal reasons, according to the company. “We are grateful to the many contributions Ingo has made to the company and wish him every success in the future,” Elie Tahari said. “He is a gentle soul and I loved working with him.”

Tahari had tapped Wilts in June. The Germany native had been senior vice president and creative director of Kenneth Cole Productions, which, at the time, had just hired former Tahari executive creative director Kobi Halperin as consulting creative director. There are no immediate plans to replace Wilts, and Tahari will continue to design the collection with the in-house team.

Carine – What a Sell-Out!

Hope you got your first issue because it’s all off the presses! Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book sold out of its initial print run of 50,000 copies — at $15 a pop, according to its publisher, Fashion Media Group LLC. Another 15,000 copies have been ordered to replenish stands and will be available before Christmas, said Stephen Gan, president of Fashion Media Group and Roitfeld’s business partner in the semiannual title. The second issue of CR Fashion Book will boost its print run to 65,000 and will launch during New York Fashion Week in February, with distribution on stands internationally by Feb. 21.

– Taneisha Jordan

Source & Photo: WWD

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