The designer, best known for inspiring the work of Yves Saint Laurent, will introduce her first collection of costume jewelry and fashion accessories Feb. 26 on the Home Shopping Network.
"I've always liked doing things that are affordable," Falaise said. "I like both ends of the business a lot. They're very different points of view and when you've worked a lot in high luxury, you long to do things that are accessible for a wider market. This is the way I have found to do it. It was proposed to me, I thought a lot about it and decided to go ahead with it."
De la Falaise was one of Saint Laurent's closest collaborators starting when she joined the house in 1972. She created jewelry for his haute couture and ready-to-wear collections, and upon his retirement 30 years later, launched her own label in 2003. Her eponymous line, which includes rtw and accessories, sells exclusively at her flagship boutique in Paris at 21 Rue Cambon.
De la Falaise designed a collection of fine jewelry for Oscar de la Renta's fall show.
The Loulou de la Falaise collection for HSN, inspired by the pieces from her Paris store, includes bangles for $25 up to a beaded amethyst necklace for $79. Her jewelry features pearls, silk, wood and horns and her bags are woven out of soft leathers.
De la Falaise's collaboration with HSN is an example of how the multimedia retail channel is expanding into more fashion-forward categories. Most recently, the network was a partner with supermodel Iman on an accessories collection.
"If you sit back and think about our strategy in the overall HSN brand, as well as in the fashion category, it's been about exciting new discoveries and new elements of style," said Mindy Grossman, chief executive officer of IAC Retailing, which owns HSN. "We're bringing things to a broader audience that had previously only been available to select viewers, and elevating icons of style, which I think is so fantastic. In our type of medium, we are as much an entertainment storyteller as a retailer."
De la Falaise's launch is part of HSN's second "Spring Fashion Week" series, airing on the channel Feb. 23 to 29. Over the course of six nights, nine new fashion collections from top designers will make their debuts on HSN, including handbags by B2E by Bracher Emden, Charm & Luck handbags by Jenny Sequia, Vince Camuto footwear and Donald J Pliner accessories.
De la Falaise's collections for HSN will appear seasonally, with her next set for April.
"The idea of doing something that would go all over America was very inspirational and great fun," de la Falaise said. "I'm appealing to a younger audience and also a broader audience."
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
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The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
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@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion