PROJECT HANDBAGS: Diane von Furstenberg is giving back. In partnership with Vital Voices Global Partnership, an organization that trains emerging female leaders around the world, the designer staged an accessories competition to enable women in developing nations to advance their businesses.
Applicants from Haiti, Guatemala, Nigeria and Cambodia were challenged to create a handbag based on a DVF pattern that reflected their country’s local traditions. The winning collection was created by Haitian designer Phelicia Dell. An homage to Ayizan, goddess of marketplace and commerce, Dell’s hand-painted burlap bags will be available at DVF boutiques and on dvf.com beginning March 9, International Women’s Day.
“Women never cease to amaze me with what they can accomplish when faced with challenges,” von Furstenberg said. “To be part of this project and Vital Voices reaffirms my belief that a woman’s ability to succeed is endless.”
JESSICA’S JEWELS: Jessica Simpson is going for the jewels. In partnership with Trebbianno Inc., the pop singer, reality TV veteran and clothing designer is expanding her empire with a line of fashion jewelry, launching for spring.
The central collection, called the Cactus Flower, features a mix of Swarovski stones and colorful charm bracelets inspired by the atmosphere of Saint-Tropez. Other pieces include chains and bracelets with peace sign insignias, as well as classic layering pieces. Retailing from $18 to $25, the line will be available at department stores nationwide, including Macy’s and Dillards.
Simpson already has a handbag collection, as well as fragrance, scarves, hats and hosiery, footwear, swimwear, eyewear, outerwear, a clip-in hair extension line, and a bath and body care line.
BENDEL’S CREATES COMPETITION: Henri Bendel is sponsoring a handbag design competition, the Henri Bendel Accessory Award, in partnership with Parsons The New School for Design in Manhattan.
In December, 35 Parsons seniors submitted sketches and story boards to the contest’s judging panel, which whittled applicants down to five finalists. Upon graduation, the winner will receive $10,000, a six-week internship at Bendel’s and the opportunity to sell the bag through the store. Two runners-up will each receive $2,500.
“We’ve always had an affection for the category and we understand its importance in the world of fashion and to customers, but we found that in a lot of renowned fashion schools, the access to that curriculum isn’t there,” said Ed Bucciarelli, Henri Bendel president and chief executive officer. “So we tried to figure out how to make some inroads and champion the category."
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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye