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HE’LL TAKE PARIS: Last season when Tim Hamilton launched women’s wear, he presented it in Paris, on the heels of his men’s presentation, which he held in New York as usual. But Paris suited the CFDA-nominated designer so well, apparently, that now he has chosen it for his first men’s runway show, which will take place there in June.
AFFLICTION EXPANDS: Affliction Clothing, the Seal Beach, Calif.-based rock-inspired men’s line, will launch a core collection for women June 30. The collection will include silk and bamboo V-neck and scoopneck tops, tanks and dresses, denim and jackets all featuring the brand’s distinctive graphics, foil and patch appliqués, metal grommets and deconstructed detailing. Retail prices range from $128 for tops to $500 for leather jackets. The women’s line will be available at Affliction boutiques in Los Angeles, South Beach, Moscow and a Las Vegas store set to open in July. Owner and designer Eric Foss called the collection “a natural next step for our brand.” In another intuitive marketing move, the four-year-old company has signed rocker Gene Simmons as its latest brand ambassador. Ozzy Osbourne also designs a collection in partnership with the brand and appears in its print ads.