NEW YORK — Industry insiders donned baubles and black ties Thursday night for the Fashion Accessories Benefit Ball at Pier 60 here.
The event, founded and chaired by Reenie Brown, had a "green" theme, raising more than $12 million for Defenders of Wildlife, EarthJustice, Riverkeeper and the Wildlife Land Trust. The organizations are focused on environmental preservation.
"It's nice to be part of an industry and an event that gives back," said Abe Chehebar, chairman and chief executive officer of Accessories Network Group and member of the FABB board.
The evening's honorees included J.C. Penney, recipient of the Fame Award for fashion accessories merchandising excellence, and Kathy Van Zeeland, who was awarded designer of the year.
Van Zeeland's four-year-old handbag brand is available at some 1,300 stores nationwide and in 50 freestanding stores in Europe and Asia.
"All I wanted to do when I was a young girl in California was to get to New York and work in fashion," Van Zeeland said. "I got to Saks and my fate was sealed."
Rico Trevino, vice president and divisional merchandise manager for accessories at Macy's East, presented the award to Van Zeeland. "Rico was the first retailer to give me a break [in 2004] and I'll never forget that," she said.
Cindy O'Connor, Penney's senior vice president and general merchandise manager, accepted the award on behalf of the retailer. "Our philosophy that 'every day matters' is not just a marketing philosophy, but applies to the way we view our customers," O'Connor said.
The evening concluded with dinner and dancing to the Starlight Orchestra.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion