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.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye