FALCHI’S RIO: Carlos Falchi has teamed up with Avon’s junior cosmetics line, mark, to launch a limited edition accessories and fashion collection for spring. Falchi named the nine-piece line Rio after his home city in Brazil, which served as his inspiration for the beach-themed bags, bikinis, caftans and jewelry. The Carlos Falchi & mark Present Rio collection will be available for purchase in May on meetmark.com and through mark direct sales representatives. All items retail for less than $50.
MOVES AT SAKS: Lincoln Moore, divisional merchandise manager of handbags and women’s accessories at Saks Fifth Avenue, has been given the additional responsibility of overseeing the fashion office for women’s shoes, handbags, accessories and jewelry. Elizabeth Kanfer has returned to Saks as cobranding director of handbags, soft accessories and jewelry and fashion market director, a role she filled at Saks before joining Hautelook. Kanfer is now responsible for product development of designer cobrand initiatives.
SIMS BETS ON BENDEL’S: Molly Sims is launching her jewelry line, Grayce, at Henri Bendel on March 23. There will be a Grayce pop-up shop in Bendel’s Fifth Avenue store featuring a collage of her inspirations, such as international travel and Art Deco architecture, as well as photos of the line shot by actor Aaron Eckhart. Grayce will retail from $75 to $250 and include fun, layering pieces, such as stackable rings, bangle bracelets and chain necklaces. In April, the line hits retailers such as Scoop, Ron Herman and online at graycebymollysims.com.
Bendel’s will also share in the spotlight on May 4 when chief executive officer Ed Bucciarelli is honored at the Fashion Accessories Benefit Ball for special achievement in accessories. The 21-year-old event will be a more casual affair this year with a large cocktail party format and light fare by Abigail Kirsch.
GLOBAL BAUBLES: Reality TV personality Olivia Palermo has collaborated with designer and retailer Roberta Freymann on a fashion jewelry line set to arrive in Roberta Freymann boutiques and select retailers this spring. Retailing from $175 to $300, the Roberta Freymann by Olivia Palermo collection is inspired by the women’s favorite cities — from Paris’ chic arrondissements to Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods. Styles include the Mitte necklace, which features sequins and faceted stones set against emerald green silk, as well as the Tribeca, a neck piece of blue, clear and white stones.
ITALY’S EYEWEAR: The Italian Trade Commission and the Italian Optical Goods Manufacturers’ Association are cohosting a retrospective exhibition called “Eyewear From the Beginning to the Future: The history of eyeglasses from their invention in Italy to the latest trends.” The show, which opens Friday in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall in Manhattan, documents the history of Italian eyewear design from the 13th century to the present. The presentation also features Italian luxury houses that have launched eyewear categories, such as Prada, Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana.
Designed by Italian architect Giorgio Borruso, the eyewear exhibit will also showcase trends that will be seen at the 2010 International Vision Expo East show, beginning March 19 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.
“This exhibit represents the tradition of Italian manufacturing, and the idea is to present what Italy has done in this field,” said Aniello Musella, the Italian Trade Commissioner to the U.S.
SPEAKING OF DIAMONDS: Graff USA president and chief executive officer Henri Barguirdjian, Harry Winston president and ceo Frédéric de Narp and DeBeers Botswana ceo Sheila Khama, are among the speakers at the new conference “Diamonds: Substance, Significance and Symbol” organized by Initiatives in Art and Culture. The event will run April 9 to 10 at the Graduate Center in Manhattan. Industry executives, designers and marketers will analyze rare gemstones, from reselling estate jewels to the Kimberley process. Funding is being provided by A Diamond Is Forever, Harry Winston, Circa, Me & Ro and Tiffany & Co. The Kazanjian Foundation is supporting student attendance.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews