DVF FOR GAP: Work on the rumored Diane von Furstenberg collaboration with Gap Kids is moving forward, according to sources who have seen design boards for the line. The girls’ collection is most likely a spring/summer 2012 concept from the looks of the designs, added sources. The collaboration would follow on the heels of the Stella McCartney range for Gap Kids and BabyGap.
DOING GOOD: The seven-year partnership between Gucci and UNICEF continues to kindle Frida Giannini’s creative spark.
Her latest effort, due out on June 15, is an updated version of the bestselling “Gucci for UNICEF” Sukey bag, launched last year, which this time features the house’s historic Diamante motif in deep chocolate brown. As in the past, 25 percent of the $1,430 retail price for each bag will go to support UNICEF’s “Schools for Africa” initiative, aimed at providing children with access to quality education.
The newest top handle bag has soft ruches and a detachable leather charm with the interlocking GG logo. The “Gucci for UNICEF” Sukey will be available in Gucci stores in more than 20 countries and on Gucci.com, until Feb. 28.
DIVING IN: Alexander Wang, who showed some swim-inspired designs for his spring 2009 runway, is finally making his swimwear debut. Launching for resort, the new offerings feature sexy cutouts and athletic references. Meanwhile, later this June, Wang will also unveil his first ready-to-wear collection for the men’s market. Earlier this year, the designer won GQ’s Best New Menswear designer award for his more casual T by Alexander Wang label.