LEG WORK: “A girl for all seasons” was the theme Tuesday night when Sculptz took over New York’s Glasshouses to show off its latest legwear and shapewear collection. Celebrity stylist Robert Verdi joined Jean P. Vernor, president and chief executive officer at Sculptz, to host the event.
“My entire styling career has helped me understand the complexities of how different every woman’s body is,” Verdi said. “My job is more than finding a pretty dress. It’s giving my client the tools to look their best and feel confident and Sculptz is one of those tools.”
After selling at retail for the first time last year, Sculptz has gone on to premiere on different platforms around the world, as well as on QVC, where Vernor said the line has cultivated a strong following. But Vernor expects her first New York event to officially mark the line’s entrance into the market.
“We had successful launch events during fashion week in London and Toronto which coincided with multiple retailer launches in both countries,” Vernor said. “The New York City debut officially introduces the brand to the U.S. market and we feel that clients, retailers and press will gravitate towards our unique product offerings.”
TWO OF A KIND: Erickson Beamon designer Karen Erickson partnered with Stacey Bendet, designer of Alice + Olivia, on a limited edition jewelry collection hitting stores this spring.
Retailing from $278 to $393, Erickson Beamon for Alice + Olivia mixes a sensible, contemporary aesthetic with cutting-edge style. Pieces include a tangle chain necklace with leather and floral detail as well as a leather floral bangle with crystal accents.
“We created the jewelry that Stacey would want to wear and if Stacey would wear it, we knew her fans would wear it,” Erickson said.
Bendet has been carrying Erickson Beamon’s signature line in her stores for years and, said, “I love how their jewelry styles with Alice + Olivia clothing.”
Expected retailers include Intermix, Bergdorf Goodman and Shopbop.com.
ELLINGTON TAPS HANSEN: Ellington Handbags has a new leader. Gary Hansen has been named president and chief executive officer of the Portland, Ore.-based accessories firm. Formerly president of Pacific Trail Inc., an international supplier of outdoor apparel, Hansen joined Ellington earlier this month.
“Gary has a broad base of multifunctional operating experience and is an excellent leader and senior-level manager,” said William Dragon Jr., Ellington board member and former ceo of London Fog Industries. “His experience guiding organizations through times of change will be an asset as Ellington grows into a leading handbag brand.”
Hansen will also serve on Ellington’s board, alongside members of the Chicago-based private equity firm UIB Capital, which purchased Ellington in 2006.
MILLY’S FRESH GLOW: Michelle Smith’s Milly label is favored by women seeking sophisticated yet feminine clothing, and with these women in mind, Smith decided to launch a jewelry collection.
“From the time I was a girl, I was always into vintage jewelry. It is a passion of mine, so I thought it would be a great addition to the Milly collection,” said Smith, Milly’s designer and founder.
For the premier collection, Smith took bright colors and inspirations from the spring line and created Lucite necklaces, gold-plated link bracelets and turquoise and orange enamel cuffs. Each of the 50 styles will retail between $75 and $325 at select department stores this spring.
Smith’s husband Andrew Oshrin, Milly’s president and chief executive officer, estimated the line would do between $800,000 and $1.25 million in wholesale in its first year, but added the business could double the following year.
“Our jewelry allows the aspirational shopper that can’t necessarily afford Milly clothing to buy some nicely designed pieces,” Oshrin said.
SHOES FOR A CAUSE: Ugg is enlisting some heavy fashion hitters for its seventh annual Art & Sole auction, which benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. The Australian accessories firm asked designers such as Manolo Blahnik, Carlos Falchi and Rebecca Minkoff to design a one-of-a-kind Ugg boot to be auctioned at uggaustralia.com from Dec. 1 to 14.
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