August 28 2014

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150 Years of Frye


Jasper Johns' "Flag" and Frye's limited-edition bootsFrye, the oldest continuously operating footwear company in the U.S., turns 150 this year. To celebrate, the label’s creative director, Michael Petry, designed a limited-edition collection of boots for men and women that riff on Jasper Johns’ famous American Flag painting (above). “The Johns painting has so much depth,” said Petry, a veteran of Prada and Polo Ralph Lauren. “We knew that with our handwork and vegetable-dyed leather, we could get a boot to have that kind of weathered look and feel.” Antiqued and stained by hand, an Engineer and a Harness style also feature inlaid stars—a direct homage to Johns.

Beyond the new boots, which just went up for sale on Frye’s Web site, Rizzoli will publish a book in October showcasing photographs of many of the company’s most famous fans. A long-haired, sixties-era James Taylor, along with John Lennon, are particular standouts for Petry, but a black-and-white of Jerry Garcia was unearthed too late to be included. Also in October, the Discovery Channel will air a one-hour documentary shot inside the company’s Wynne, Arkansas, factory. New stores in Chicago and Washington, D.C., are in the works, and Boston just opened. The Newbury Street flagship was a homecoming of sorts; Marlborough, Massachusetts, the company’s birthplace, is a forty-minute drive away. Continue Reading “150 Years of Frye” »

Ferretti’s New Philosphy: Natalie Ratabesi Named Creative Director


Alberta Ferretti has named Brit designer Natalie Ratabesi (pictured) the new creative director of her Philosophy line. Ratabesi, a Central Saint Martins alumna, will show her first collection for the Fall 2013 season. Of the decision, which will allow Ferretti to spend more time focusing on her main line, she told WWD she “thought it was the right moment to give a more autonomous and independent vision to Philosophy.” Of Ratabesi, who previously served as senior creative director at Polo Ralph Lauren, she says, “For her femininity and her energy, I am certain Natalie will be able to express the [Philosophy] spirit.”

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Steven Klein Exhibit Opens In Brazil, Ralph Lauren Drops Polo, Stuart Weitzman’s Birthday Surprise, And More…


Steven Klein’s USAnatomy exhibit kicked off last night at the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture in São Paulo, Brazil. W has a few shots of the rare Polaroids on exhibit, including a few images from his W Brad and Angela cover shoot from 2005. [W]

Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. is no more. Yesterday, the company decided to drop “polo” from its name and opted to go by Ralph Lauren Corp. from now on. [WWD]

Shoe designer Stuart Weitzman was treated to a surprise 70th birthday bash in New York Tuesday night at the Empire Hotel lobby bar. Of course, his cake was in the shape of a shoe box. We can only hope the center didn’t taste like leather, or stiletto. [Page Six]

Model Molly Sims is tying the knot in wine country. The model and jewelry designer has announced that she and her wedding planners Yifat Oren and Stephanie Cove have selected Napa as the setting for the big day. [Modelinia]

Photo: Steven Klein/

The Tao Of Ralph


We weren’t the only ones to notice Tao Okamoto at the recent round of shows. The newly mop-topped model landed the Ralph Lauren fall campaign, a teaser of which (at left) appeared in WWD earlier this week. We also hear that Tao is set to star in next season’s Polo Ralph Lauren ads as well—a twofer not even matched by Valentina Zelyaeva, the long-running face of the house.

Photo: Courtesy of Supreme