Three established brands are debuting new eyewear at the Silmo optical tradeshow, which runs from today to Oct. 7 in Paris.
BALLY The 101-year-old Swiss brand will unveil its first collections of sunwear and optical eyewear for men and women through a partnership with TWC-L’Amy. The 49 styles — split almost evenly between sun and prescription silhouettes and retailing from $230 to $450 — run the gamut from classic aviators with red leather accents at the bridge to thick plastic cat-eye frames. Sunwear will hit Bally boutiques in December, with distribution expanding in January to the brand’s retail partners. Optical frames will be released early next year too.
MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA This week will mark Maison Martin Margiela’s foray into optical eyewear — and a continued partnership with Cutler and Gross. The fashion house, which has worked with the London-based eyewear manufacturer since 2010, will release four silhouettes of weightless, stainless steel frames that come in silver or polished copper gold. Frames, including featherweight cat-eye and round rims, are set for a spring release date and will retail from $560 to $730.
ANN TAYLOR Ann Taylor has inked its first licensing deal in the brand’s 58-year history: a multiyear agreement with L’Amy America to produce sun and ophthalmic eyewear (as well as watches). The firm will design, produce and distribute the eyewear — expanding Ann Taylor’s reach beyond its retail and e-commerce channels for the first time. The sunglasses, retailing from $68 to $128, will debut in Ann Taylor doors in May, rolling out to retail partners in 2014. Ophthalmic and high-end readers, which will both launch in 2014, will range from $128 to $198 and $28 to $58, respectively.
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)
@denimdaysfestival, which initially launched in Amsterdam in 2014 and has since expanded to New York, is heading to Nashville for the very first time. The two-day festival, which will take place in November, will feature brand activations, hands-on workshops by artisans and denim mills, a vintage market, live entertainment, and local food and drinks. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Later this month, the popular “Diana: Her Fashion Story” exhibit will be reopening. @historicroyalpalaces, the charity that manages @kensingtonroyal, has been working towards adding new, never-before-seen garments to the exhibit, including this dress created by Gianni Versace for a fund-raising dinner at the Museum of Natural History in Chicago. The exhibit will reopen on April 26 at Kensington Palace @wwdfashion
“Our family has always been engaged and interested in the world around us. [My brothers and I] were always encouraged to have our own opinion at a young age, which is not always something a child is asked — especially to have an opinion with reasoning behind it,” said @yarashahidi on becoming an activist. We caught up with the 18 year old last week, where she talked about her road to acting, how “Black-ish” led her to start conversations about identity and more. Head to WWD.com to read what she had to say #wwdeye (📷: @chelsealaurenla)