Devi Kroell is back at it. For fall ’11, the designer launched a collection called Dax Gabler, her grandmother’s maiden name. Aiming to show her Tyrolean heritage, the designer has created outerwear and sweaters in Tyrolean wool knits and four styles each of handbags and shoes. “I never stopped thinking and contemplating the fashion scene, and things fell into place as soon as I knew what I wanted to do,” said Kroell, who left her namesake luxury brand last May. “I wanted this collection to have a very strong point of view.” For the footwear, Kroell also looked to New York for inspiration. “I wanted to create a unique flat bootie and boot, so I focused on one stitch — adapted from the moccasin — that I thought suited the casual, leisurely lifestyle represented by this collection,” she said. The flats and boots, featuring mixed materials such as suede, sliced leather and touches of metallic, will retail for $195 to $425.
Miz Mooz will unveil a line of handbags for the fall season. The five-style collection will feature the same leather used for the brand’s riding boots, in black, khaki and brown color schemes, with additional stud and buckle details. The styles will retail for $180 to $200 starting in August, at independent boutiques including Stella’s of Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Ped X in Portland, Ore., and Simply Bella in Ketchikan, Ala.
For the Birds
The popular smartphone game Angry Birds will soon become wearable fashion. Montvale, N.J.-based Robert Charles Inc. now has the license to make and distribute flip-flops based on the game. While the prototypes are still being made, they will be available this fall in sizes for men, women and children, all priced at $15 retail. They are being targeted to department and specialty stores, as well as to independents.