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HANGIN’ WITH HUE: Contemporary designer Trina Turk is the latest partner in Hue’s Guest Designer Program, where the Kayser-Roth-owned legwear brand collaborates with apparel designers on capsule legwear collections to showcase on their runways and sell in stores. Previous collaborators have included Tracy Reese and Tibi.
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“Trina Turk and Hue are perfect partners,” said Julia Townsend, executive vice president and general manager of Kayser-Roth Corp. “We’re both known for print and color, and her work is modern and energetic. It’s fun to develop a legwear collection meant to go on the runway of a designer with a vision.”
Taken from the “Miami Vice” theme of Turk’s ready-to-wear collection, the Hue by Trina Turk spring line ranges from neon sheer washes in turquoise, magenta and yellow to geometric prints in diagonal mazes and stripes. She will unveil the pieces at her spring show during New York Fashion Week next month.
“It was an interesting process,” Turk said. “I’ve never done hosiery before, so the possibilities are vast. But it was a great back-and-forth, and it was similar to developing any product.”
The Hue by Trina Turk spring collection will retail for $28 at retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.
GLAM SLAM: Seeking to boost international traffic and shake off the economic chill, organizers of Vicenzaoro have created a space called Glamroom that will group about 60 specialized vendors for the Sept. 6 to 10 edition of the Italian jewelry fair.
The pavilion will house vendors that are innovative with techniques, materials, stones and designs.
Vicenzaoro’s general manager, Domenico Girardi, said he wooed U.S. brands aiming to branch out in Europe as they look to take advantage of the weak dollar. Red-carpet favorite Bochic, as well as Sheila Fajl, Ritmo Mundo and Alberto Luzzi di Adami e Martucci have signed onto the new project.
“We’ve noticed that the jewelry companies that are managing to deal with the difficult market conditions are those that offer an innovative product close to fashion and art,” Girardi said. “Glamroom will highlight this segment of the jewelry business and we expect a positive U.S. turnout.”
Glamroom will feature seven areas dedicated to young designers, men’s collections and high-end costume jewelry, alongside women’s fine jewelry. The September show, now called Choice, is aimed at retailers seeking to stock up for the holiday season through 1,600 exhibitors. Design studio Aldo Cibic & Partners was tapped to create eye-catching and modern interiors with a Seventies vibe that meld natural materials with ivories and dashes of jelly bean brights.
GEORGIA ON ITS MIND: Italian jewelry firm Bulgari plans to open its 16th U.S. store in Atlanta on Sept. 1. The 1,926-square-foot unit is in The Galleria Simon in Lenox Square Mall. It is the fourth twin concept store for Bulgari in the U.S. in which an accessories store and a jewelry store have separate storefronts, but are connected internally.
“Over the past decade, Atlanta has emerged as one of the largest and most rapidly growing commercial centers in the United States, fueled by strong demographics and high quality of life,” said Francesco Trapani, chief executive officer of the Bulgari Group. “We see this as a natural fit with the high quality, style and design for which Bulgari is renowned.”
Bulgari counts Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren as neighbors in the mall. The Atlanta store represents a softer and warmer aesthetic, which is a new design for Bulgari boutiques. The design was first realized with the November opening of Bulgari’s Ginza tower in Tokyo. Bleached oak, Trani marble and encausto details complement brown veneer counters, while colored silk panels and suspended crystal lamps add richness. The store, which will offer jewelry, watches and accessories, also has a private selling area for VIPs.
SPORTS ENTHUSIAST: Italian jeweler Roberto Coin is so taken with the Beijing Olympic Games that he has created a collection in homage. Styles include a $31,000, 24-karat gold varnished leather sneaker with a gold clasp and Coin’s signature ruby, a gold boxing glove charm with diamond accents that retails for $620 and a gold, sapphire and diamond Panda charm selling for $1,580. The Panda is one of China’s five good luck symbols. The sneakers are available at Roberto Coin stores in Atlanta and Ashville, N.C., while the rest of the pieces will be available at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s stores.
LUCKY TIME: Lucky Brand Jeans is kicking off its new watch collection in a big way. Macy’s launched a multimillion-dollar marketing effort, which began Friday at the Herald Square flagship in New York. The retailer, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary, has emblazoned its main floor with Lucky Brand signage. Lucky Brand’s watches, produced under a license with E. Gluck, are on display, along with an array of Lucky Brand accessories, including bags and jewelry. The campaign will also bow in department stores across the country.