COUTURE COLLABORATIONS: After cocreating an elaborate jeweled dress to benefit amfAR during the Cannes Film Festival, designer Alberta Ferretti and Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele, Chopard’s co-president and creative director, have joined forces again. This time, they have designed a white gold and diamond watch embellished with drop diamonds circling the case and a satin bracelet. The couture piece will be presented during the opening evening of the Venice Film Festival on Aug. 27 and will be worn by a celebrity whose identity is being kept under wraps. The watch will auctioned at the Golden Globes amfAR event on Jan. 11.
TWIST AND SHOUT: Alain Mikli has always believed that the eyes should attract attention and welcome conversation. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of his bold and novel eyewear, the designer has re-created his Twist collection from the Eighties. Selling for about $545, the neon-colored acetate styles are available at Mikli’s store at The Mall at Short Hills in Short Hills, N.J., and at his New York boutiques, as well as select specialty retailers across the country.
“While the past 30 years have been very busy and fulfilling, it also feels like they flew by,” Mikli said. “I became very nostalgic during this time and decided to rework a few cult favorites from the Eighties that were my first loves. The end result: a collection that brings pleasure to the eye.”NET BAGS: Stefanibags.com, an e-commerce site specializing in handbags, will bow Aug. 25. The company was founded by Buenos Aires-native Monica Prestia, who is the third generation in her family to become involved in the leather business. Prestia, who now lives in Manhattan, will feature designers such as Alexis Hudson, Olivia Harris and Jalda on her site. Prices for bags on the site range from $200 to $850 and there will be a blog and features talking about Prestia’s latest and favorite bag designers. “We plan to share our insights on the essentials of personal style through feature stories on runway and street fashion,” said Prestia. “Our designer interviews will give the Stefanibags customer a peek at the mind-set and inspiration of how today’s handbag designer makes her aesthetic choices.”EXOTIC ACCESSORIES: Botkier is showing its skin. This holiday season, the accessories firm is taking its popular Bianca bag — owned by the likes of Lindsay Lohan and Heather Graham — and launching a limited edition version in python, available only by special order. The bags come in two sizes — small, retailing at $2,600, and medium at $3,200 — and are available in gold, white, black and chocolate brown. The original leather Bianca was introduced in spring 2006 and retails for $595. “The bag has proven to be a favorite with our customers and therefore we wanted to do something special for our Bianca fans,” said Monica Botkier, Botkier’s creative director and president.FRANKLY, MY DEAR:Paul Frank Industries, the apparel brand known for its iconic monkey emblem, has signed a licensing agreement with Fab Starpoint, a New York-based kids’ accessories specialist, to produce a line of Paul Frank backpacks, bags, luggage, wallets, school supplies and stationery. The line is set to hit shelves at some 10,000 doors for the back-to-school season. Bags will range from $14.99 to $29.99, and stationery from $1 to $20. Fab Starpoint president Steve Russo said Paul Frank is “an untainted brand that has been very widely accepted by the consumer base for many years.”
Russo estimates the Paul Frank accessories will generate $7 million to $8 million in first-year wholesale sales.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over the top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty