TO THE CORE: Alexander Wang has finally put a name to the line of tailored essentials he launched for resort: Core. "I didn't want the name to sound business-y," explained Wang. "And this is about the core pieces that every girl wants to have in the closet." He emphasized that, unlike T, these staples aren't being spun off into a different brand. They will exist within the larger readyto- wear category and are priced similarly — although Wang won't be showing them on the runway. "This is something that has always lived in our collection," he said, "but I wanted to give our buyers a home that they can come back to for our tailoring. Distribution will remain the same." Among the Core offerings this spring: leather jackets, boyfriend blazers, schoolboy shorts and vests in black and ink blue color waves.
GUCCI FAN: Marc Anthony will step onstage in Gucci on his U.S. 2010 tour, which began Friday at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Italian luxury fashion house will dress the Grammy Award-winning salsa singer in made-to-order two-buttonsuits and tuxedos in a midnight blue, charcoal and ink color palette, with touches of white micro checks. As part of his tour, the artist will make a special appearance at the Miami Dolphins football stadium opener game on Sept. 26.
LIVE, FROM DALLAS: The 35th annual Crystal Charity Ball luncheon went high tech on Friday when the Akris runway show at the Neiman Marcus Dallas flagship was broadcast live on the retailer's Web site. About 500 movers and shakers attended the show, viewing 60 fall and cruise looks, as well as handbags — a total of 160 pieces. Many of the guests were already sporting Akris' crisp Swiss style in homage to visiting designer Albert Kriemler.
Akris is one of Neiman's fastest-growing labels. "He is a fantastic talent that we believe in," said Burt Tansky, chairman of the Neiman Marcus Group, who is retiring next month and got a standing ovation from the crowd.
Kriemler said, "The whole system of getting dressed is in an important change. We still have women who dress for business, but much more important are the women who are looking for clothing they can travel in and be less formal, but they still want this incomparable quality."
WHAT PERMIT? It only took a New York minute for the police at Lincoln Center to shoo away Keanan Duffty's "guerrilla fashion show." Duffty, who is relaunching his label for spring, foresaw that. But in that short time, the designer and his five models — silently carrying signs and looking very young rocker in officer jackets, plaid shirts and skinny pants — managed to attract a crowd on the plaza, which is, after all, full of people just waiting for something to photograph. Unfazed, Keanan and the models paraded onward to 63rd Street for a bit longer. No budget, no permission, no problem.
TKO FNO: Not everyone was pleased as punch about Fashion's Night Out being held on Rosh Hashanah and smack dab in the middle of fashion week. "I am standing here doing fittings. Do I really need to leave here at 3:30 to make sure the caterer shows up on time for tonight?" one designer said Friday at noon. "Everyone is upset. I've heard it from more than a dozen other designers. People are afraid to speak up and upset Vogue."
Abe Gurko was more direct in his "I Mean What" blog. "Between the shows uptown and downtown coupled with Fashion's Night Out, one needs an oxygen tank and a jet pack to get to where all the main events are happening around New York City," he wrote.