For some women, having children can throw a wrench in their career plans. Not so with jewelry designer Jennifer Dawes. Following the birth of her son almost two years ago, she revamped her California-based line, Dawes Design, to include only recycled gold, conflict-free diamonds and responsibly mined stones.
"After I gave birth to my son, I was soul-searching," said Dawes, who first launched her jewelry line in 2000. "I needed [my work] to be more meaningful to me."
When Dawes went sustainable, her jewelry garnered new interest online, as word spread through eco-conscious blogs. "I actually haven't had this much attention on my work before," she said. "A lot of people don't know they have the option of getting sustainable jewelry. There are not that many people doing it."
For Dawes, bestsellers include recycled gold stacking rings and jewel-adorned hoop earrings and bracelets wholesaling for $325 to $750; 18-karat hand-hammered rings with rose cut diamonds, wholesaling from $475 up to $1,425 for a large diamond solitaire ring and her customized stacking stone collection in which customers can choose their own stones, cuts and band thickness.
Dawes estimates 2008 sales will reach $500,000. The jewelry is sold online at dawes-design.com and at ABC Carpet & Home in New York, The Clay Pot in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Gallery of Jewels in San Francisco, among other locations.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)