PARIS — Ready-to-wear may take center stage this week, but an intriguing range of accessories awaits visitors to Paris Fashion Week. Here’s a look at some of the newest in the arena.
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Not many Kalashnikov bullets carry 7,000 euro, or $10,200, price tags. But then, not many come constructed from white gold, their brushed tips flecked with pavé diamonds.
Fine jewelry newcomer Caroline Gaspard, who will be launching her Akillis collection this week, said the loaded charms are designed to bring out one’s “inner James Bond girl.”
“I wanted to create a collection that was inventive and interchangeable, with a new, rather aggressive [spirit],” said the 26-year-old designer, whose other lines include diamond-encrusted jigsaw puzzle pieces and link bracelets inspired by her father’s Rolex watches.
Gaspard’s ambition is to shake up fusty attitudes to fine jewelry.
“Women tend to either buy classic jewelry or cheap fashion-forward pieces, even if they have big means,” she said. “It’s time to add a bit of fun and fashion to this frosty world.”
Man has forever imitated nature. But Israeli jewelry designer Tzuri Gueta has brought the art to new heights with his realistic imitations crafted from silicon, silk and viscose fiber blends.
Gueta launched his jewelry line two years ago following years of working as a couture textile designer and researcher.
“When I work with coral, say, I don’t remove it from its habitat. I prefer to be inspired by nature, but not use it,” said the designer, whose spring collection is inspired by bones, horn and fossils, as a poetic study of the elegant structure of animal skeletons.
Gueta’s vision is to explore materials differently from the way people are accustomed to seeing it in jewelry.
“I want to show a new material that can really imitate and push forward innovation, as well as show its advantages,” he said, describing how silicon, an ultralight and soft material, also caresses the shape of the body. “It’s very similar to our organs in structure and can imitate a wide range of matter, be it glass, wood, leather.”
Sophie Reyre is out to run rings around the Paris jewelry scene. The designer’s first, color-soaked collection takes inspiration from India’s ancient Mogul Empire.
“I like surprising color mixes and the idea of encrusting motifs on colored stones,” said Reyre, who also favors contrasting high-low materials, such as resin with precious and semiprecious stones like tourmalines, amber, rubies and sapphires.
The line is sold at Karry O’ in Paris, retailing for 1,200 to 2,300 euros, or $1,750 to $3,350.
@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)