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.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)