Timo Weiland First to Join Retail Lab, The CFDA and Cadillac’s New Program

nwmk_BFA_15643_1944779-800x311Diane Von Furstenburg, Melody Lee, Simon Doonan, Stacey Bendet, Robin Kramer, Liz Rodbell, Kelli Adams, Steven Kolb (Photography: Madison McGaw/BFA.com)

Cadillac mixes with fashion, yet again! The chicest automaker and the Council of Fashion Designers of America launched the Retail Lab, a mentorship program for designers. Six designers will be chosen for the 2016-2017 term; they’ll earn retail experience under the tutelage of fashion industry experts, and will open a retail shop on the ground floor of Cadillac’s New York-based global headquarters for three months. The first designer selected is Timo Weiland, whose shop opens to the public in early July.

“The CFDA is always looking for meaningful programs that help strengthen the impact of American Fashion,” said Steven Kolb, CFDA president and CFDA. “Every designer aspires to a freestanding retail experience that allows them to tell their brand story and connect directly with consumers. Cadillac’s commitment to the industry will help the selected designers make this a reality.”

In addition to covering costs for the retail space (real estate, display units, mannequins, signage, point of sale system, etc.), Cadillac will give each designer a $75K grant to put toward wholesale buys, sales support, and marketing. “Our ongoing partnership with the CFDA represents Cadillac’s unwavering commitment to the fashion community and its growth,” said Melody Lee, director of brand strategy and planning at Cadillac. “Retail Lab will give designers a space in the heart of Cadillac’s headquarters, along with the tools, training and inspiration to take their business to the next level.”

The Advisory Board will curate the curriculum, develop a handbook, and provide mentorship. Members include Billy Reid; Bobby Schuessler, Who What Wear; Darcy Penick, Shopbop /East Dane; Jan-Hendrik Schlottmann, Derek Lam; Jay Silver, CBiz; Josh Peskowitz, Magasin; Julie Gilhart; Kelli Adams, Redscout; Liz Rodbell, Hudson Bay Company; Marigay McKee, MM Luxe Consulting; Matt Marcotte; Melody Lee, Cadillac; Rachel Besser, market editor, Refinery29; Rachel Shechtman, STORY; Reed Krakoff; Robin Kramer, Kramer Design Group; Robin Zendell, Robin Zendell LLC; Simon Doonan, Barneys New York; Stacey Bendet Eisner, Alice + Olivia; and Steven Alan.

Applications open today and end May 6. The five additional designers will be selected by the Advisory Board, and will be announced at the end of May. Click here to see the requirements and to apply. Good luck!


Kenzo Debuts Collab with Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’


Kenzo unveiled a new collaboration with Disney’s The Jungle Book to celebrate the upcoming feature film directed by Jon Favreau based on Rudyard Kipling’s famous children’s story. Designers are mad for Disney these days. Dolce & Gabbana built its entire Fall/Winter 2016 collection around Disney’s children’s tales; last June, Marc Jacobs did a collection for Marc by Marc Jacobs (before it folded into the main line) of Alice in Wonderland-inspired accessories; and Givenchy made a fortune off its sweatshirts and sneakers featuring Bambi.

Carol Lim and Humberto Leon’s Disney collab could not have been a better fit. This is a brand that already found success with its T-shirts and sweatshirts adorned with the now iconic tiger emblem, so it was natural to put The Jungle Book’s tiger Shere Khan on the new merch. “What we found most appealing for this project was to marry strong Jungle Book elements with details that we know as quintessential Kenzo,” said Lim and Leon in a press statement. “There’s a way that everything comes together that is slightly familiar but also really fresh and exciting. The silhouettes we chose for the garments and accessories were inspired by the new direction Disney has taken with the live-action movie. There is a slight nod to jungle/safari elements, and even beautiful printed silk shorts directly inspired by Mowgli’s costume. Everything has been executed in a way that feels elevated and modern, which has been the collective goal of Disney and Kenzo from the very beginning of this collaboration.”

The collection debuts today at Kenzo.com as well as Bergdorf Goodman, Selfridges, the Excelsior in Milan, and The Corner in Berlin.

Several; Looks to Vintage Racing for SS16 Inspiration

British brand Several; took to the rain-splattered streets of London to shoot its SS16 lookbook, and has given us an exclusive glance through it.

Shot by Chris Kontos of Kennedy magazine, the collection looks to British Formula One attire in the mid-60s and early ’70s for inspiration. It was a unique fusion of style and function, comprised largely of lightweight and weatherproof outerwear, inspired by the mods – a distinctly masculine look.

Several;’s SS16 collection is available now from the brand’s official site and select retailers such as MR PORTER and Selfridges.