Pippa Small is known for traveling the globe in search of inspiration for her jewelry. Now, the fine jewelry designer is planting international roots with the opening of her first U.S. freestanding boutique. The boutique will open in November in Los Angeles in the Melrose neighborhood and will span 800 square feet. “I love the area, it’s up-andcoming, interesting and a little less obvious,” says Small, adding that the boutique will have a lounge feel, with regular exhibitions and displays of her jewelry collaborations with indigenous peoples such as the Batwa Pygmies of Rwanda and the Kuna in Panama. The store will also stock Small’s complete collection of jewelry, known for its organic forms using crystals, pebble-shaped stones and soft gold. Prices for the line run from 300 pounds, or $593 at current exchange, for a pair of gold earrings to 3,000 pounds, or $5,934, for a gold necklace set with diamonds. Canadian-born Small launched her first boutique last year in West London and her collection is carried at stores including The Cross and Browns in the U.K. and Barneys New York in the U.S. Small spends 50 percent of the year traveling, and this year the designer was made an ambassador for Survival International, a charity dedicated to helping trade with indigenous people across the world. Next up, Small will unveil her latest collaboration with craftsmen in Afghanistan, inspired by Bactrian treasure.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia