SHOE BIZ: Kooba will launch footwear on Aug. 5 at the FFANY New York Shoe Expo. The collection will feature platforms, flats and gladiator sandals with a similar look to the firm’s classic hobo bags and totes. The shoes will retail from $225 to $450 and will be offered at spring market to the same distribution channels as the bags, including high-end department and specialty stores. “I’ve always been obsessed with shoes, so after building a successful handbag business, it just seemed like a natural next step to translate our unique mix of rich and interesting leathers, attention to detail, and an effortlessly chic sensibility into footwear,” said Abbe Held, founder and creative director at Kooba.
VINTAGE SHOPPING: Yoox.com is partnering with jewelry collector and historian Deanna Farneti Cera on a series of themed sales taken from Cera’s collection of vintage costume jewelry. The first sale later this month will focus on “Revisiting the ’80s” and will include 20 pieces from the era, such as a Karl Lagerfeld by Ugo Correani Plexiglass and metal ruffle cuff and Yves Saint Laurent rectangular wooden earrings. Yoox.com will feature a sale every two to three months. Last week, the Bologna, Italy-based e-tailer said it was preparing for an initial public offering and could list before yearend.
DIMASSO AND DEVI: Accessories firm Devi Kroell has tapped Tony DiMasso as president and chief operating officer, a new post.DiMasso has joined the company after five years as chief operating officer at Jimmy Choo, where he was instrumental in expanding the brand’s U.S. presence. Before that, he was the chief operating officer of Diesel USA. “[Kroell] has an international presence and a lot of unexplored potential,” said DiMasso. “I am looking forward to a fantastic partnership with Devi as we look to take the brand to the next level of growth and drive its retail and wholesale operations.” DiMasso reports to Devi Kroell, designer and chief executive officer.
MERCI GABLONZ: Parisian concept store Merci has unveiled a treasure trove of colorful vintage rhinestone jewelry crafted by the women of the Czechoslovakian village of Gablonz, where Daniel Swarovski began his glittering career. The collection’s previous owner, a Gablonz native, was selling several pieces at a flea market in Vienna where it was spotted by Merci’s artistic director, Daniel Rozensztroch, who bought the entire stock, until then stored in a box in a garage. Comprising 70 brooches, bracelets and holiday decorations, made from cut glass and mercury glass beads, the pieces date back to between 1900 and 1930. Designs take inspiration from the animal kingdom, be it an elephant brooch or a lobster tree decoration, or more playful themes, such as a teddy bear, or a Mickey Mouse, proving the character was already a cultural phenomenon in Eastern Europe. Pieces are 300 euros, or $420 each, and go on sale in September.
DIVA-MADE SHADES: The House of Deréon label, cofounded by Beyoncé Knowles and mother Tina Knowles, signed a licensing agreement with Allure Eyewear to produce an eyewear collection under the brand. The initial collection of Deréon eyewear consists of optical frames and sunglasses in bold colors and oversize, glamorous silhouettes. It will be sold at major department and specialty stores around the country and retails from $40 to $200.
“Sunglasses and eyewear add an incredible amount of appeal and they are truly an essential accessory for any look,” Tina Knowles said.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)