“My little fun” is how Joy Gryson describes her new high-end handbag collection, called Capsule by Joy Gryson, launching for fall. The designer’s idea stemmed from the difficulty she had finding the perfect bag to take out at night. “I wanted something for going to dinner,” she said. “But none of that pristine stuffy stuff.” Thus the bags maintain the downtown feel of her other two lines, Gryson and Olivia Harris, but Capsule is luxed up with beautiful skins, furs and polished natural stones. And while the lineup is closely edited (only eight styles), it comes with big personality. Just take the Square Frame bag in Mongolian lamb for a dirty-chic look. “She’s unruly, but I like her that way,” Gryson quipped.
The bags, which wholesale from $383 for a stingray clutch to $1,215 for a jeweled python bag, come in two different structured shapes: square, with a removable chain strap, or a rectangular clutch. But it’s the materials here that set them apart. Rich astrakhan and Karakul wool is framed with ebony, while python is covered with distressed metallic foil and pyrite or iron’s eye stones, hand-cut to mimic the scales of a snake. Shark, a first for Gryson, and sanded stingray round out the looks.
The designer said her success with Gryson, launched in 2006, followed by the edgier, less expensive little sister brand Olivia Harris (named for her daughter) in 2008, has given her the outlet to try something different without being constrained by price. On top of that, she noted: “I use accessories to dress up. I don’t have the time or stamina to shop for clothes, so I wanted something ridiculously special.” Sounds like she’s on the right track.
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@badgalriri’s @fentybeauty launch in September was a massive success on social media, powering $72.9 million of earned media value, according to Tribe Dynamics. The brand’s foundation offering sparked conversations about diversity in beauty, launching the growth of emerging influencers and propelling the brand’s support on social media. Today, #fentybeauty won Launch of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📷: Chema Moya/EPE-EFE)
@marianna_hewitt has become one of the most influential content creators in the beauty space, with almost 800,000 Instagram followers and a newly launched skin care line called @SummerFridays. Today, she was awarded Influencer of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📸: @sophiachabbott )
As shopping behaviors evolve, the retail experience must follow. Head over to retail experts @colliersinternational’s Knowledge Leader series to read more about the shift in our shopping era. #colliersretail #lovecolliers
@prada opened a pop-up club, called Prada Double Club, in collaboration with German artist Cartsen Höller at @artbasel Miami. Last night, guests – including @youngparis, @ritaora and even Miuccia Prada herself – gathered in a former ice factory where the pop-up is housed for a performance from @wyclefjean. Go to WWD.com for full coverage on all the exhibits, parties and more at #ArtBaselMiami. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@louboutinworld and @disney are making magic once again, creating a set of shoe designs for the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Louboutin designed a pair of shoes for each of the film’s four female leads: Rey (@daisyridrey), Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (@lauradern), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and Rose Tico (@kellymarietran). The shoes will debut on Saturday at the L.A. premiere of the latest episode. #wwdfashion
Today at the #BeautyIncAwards 2017, WWD will be joined by beauty leaders from around the world as we honor this year's most innovative people, products, brands and places. Follow along here and on Twitter for live coverage from the exclusive event. #wwdsummits (📷: @elizaflorendo)
Exclusive: Beauty superinfluencer @marianna_hewitt is launching her first-ever skin care brand with her business partner @laurengores. Their new line Summer Fridays, which will be sold exclusively at summerfridays.com starting in January, is launching with just one product – a hydrating cream Jet Lag Mask. “We wanted to focus on one product that was amazing,” said Hewitt. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Michelin star-rated chef PJ Calapa marks his first solo endeavor with today’s opening of @scampinyc –– the new Southern Italian restaurant located in Manhattans’ Flatiron District. The upscale yet welcoming environment matches the menu, which includes two types of scampi: traditional Italian langoustines in butter and the Americanized version with shrimp over pasta 🍤 - pictured here. #wwdeye (📷: George Chinsee)