• Here’s a first look at what to expect from the Narciso Rodriguez/Kohl’s collaboration.
Rodriguez kicks off Kohl’s new Design Nation Program, in which designers are tapped to create a month-long capsule collection inspired by a trip to the city of their choosing. Rodriguez chose Istanbul as his muse: “There is such a great mix of Europe and Asia [in Istanbul], and a really cool new scene, from the arts to the kids, the graffiti, the colors of the streets, the patinas on the walls, the tiles on the floors.” The collection will include knitwear, outerwear, dresses and tops with prices ranging from $30 to $150. Excited? Hold on to your britches, because WWD says Derek Lam is the next designer to participate in the program! Kohl’s better do the dern thing! (Fashionista)
• Dion Lee told Fashionista that he had no plans to sell the cute-but-uncomfortable-looking pumps Kanye West designed for his Resort 2013 collection. “There’s no current intention to sell them,” he said. “It was just a collaboration that came about really naturally. [Kanye and I] have a mutual friend, a stylist I work with [Christine Centenera]. It just kind of went from there. We haven’t talked about doing shoes ongoing.” (Fashionista)
• Naomi Campbell is a fan of the Real Housewives franchise, but you won’t catch her acting ratchet on camera. “Of course, I would never expose myself in that way,” she said. Keep it cute, boo! (W)
• Need some variety in your jewelry box? Drapes by Ashley Scott is having an archive sale, but you can only take advantage of the discounts by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your picks. Buy two pieces and get one free! In the meantime, check out what Ashley has to offer at her website, ashleydrapes.com.
• Topshop and the BFC have announced this year’s NEWGEN sponsorship recipients. JW Anderson, J.JS Lee, Marques Almeida, Nasir Mazhar, Lucas Nascimento, Sister by Sibling, Christopher Raeburn, Michael van der Ham and Simone Rocha‘s respective runway shows and presentations will all be supported by the program. (Inside Out)
• It looks like JC Penney‘s “no sale” policy hasn’t been working out. This year, the retailer has lost $163 million, and a 20% dip in sales in the first three months of 2012. Ouch. But that’s not stopping CEO Ron Johnson. The man has no intention of bringing back sales: “I think the strategy is working well,” he said. “I’m quick to learn and quick to act, but we will not waver.” Um, why anyone would continue a model that has proven to be unprofitable is beyond me, but it’s not my stocks plummeting! To help sales, the JCPenney will launch its “shop in shop” initiative, in which brands like I Heart Ronson and Levi Strauss will create little boutiques within the larger department store. (Racked)