COSTUME JEWELRY BRAND CAROLEE IS LOOKING TO UPGRADE. After watching its most expensive pieces, including $125 crystal chandelier earrings and $250 12-strand pearl chokers with semiprecious stones become its bestsellers — not to mention its first items to sell out — Carolee plans to launch Carolee Lux, a higher-end collection this fall. “It was natural to move in this direction” says Karen O’Brien, Carolee’s vice president of marketing. “Customers were voting with their sales.” “The desire to go ‘Lux’ has been building the past few years,” continues O’Brien, who cites several factors in the decision, including elevated consumer expectations and the rise in precious metal prices, which make fine jewelry out of reach for many women. “It created a wonderful opportunity for high-quality fashion and bridge jewelry like Carolee Lux.” The Lux collection, retailing from $50 to $500, incorporates four categories — bridal and social occasion, pearl, sterling silver and a trend-based fashion group with semiprecious stones — all of which will be available in Bloomingdale’s and U.S. specialty stores in September. Extending its bridal and special occasion reach was important for Carolee, given that it often represents the consumer’s entry to the brand. “It’s our top producing segment,” O’Brien says. “It’s a big part of the foundation of the Carolee business.” In turn, the Lux bridal and social occasion collection will feature dramatic elongated drop and chandelier earrings with a mixture of crystals, cubic zirconia and hand-polished glass pearls. Necklaces will range from delicate pearl and Y-styles to wide princess chokers. Specific pieces include pearl and crystal vine motif earrings for $75 to $100, similar style necklaces for $150 to $200, and a crystal and pearl woven cuff bracelet for $350. Its fashion group will more directly relate to apparel trends with purple and earth tones being key colors this fall, articulated through the use of amethyst, bloodstones and smoky topaz. Customers can expect to encounter stronger statement pieces, O’Brien says, including a 10-strand torsade necklace with jasper and bloodstone retailing for $350. The sterling silver assortment, meanwhile, will build upon Carolee’s successful Sterling Sentiments group with its engraved bangles featuring quotations or the words “love,” “mother” or “friend” in five different languages. “We see this as a way to continue to mark special milestones,” O’Brien says, adding that the bracelets are highly collectible, leading some stores to continue to expand their inventory. Sterling silver Lux bracelets will retail for $125 to $150, with some featuring quotations such as “A sister by birth, a friend for life,” or “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Carolee’s fourth component, the pearl grouping will possess the most prominent packaging, designed for gift giving. Freshwater cultured pearl jewelry priced from $50 to $195 and hand-polished glass-based pearl pieces priced at $50 for earrings or bracelets to $250 for a 60-inch rope necklace will be shipped in sable bronze metallic-hinged boxes with gold trim, relaying the feel of fine jewelry. The remainder of the Lux collection will be packaged in suede pouches with a two-part box, O’Brien says. “We hear from customers that they love presentation for gift giving,” she says. “They love real jewelry and we’re trying to answer that call on as many levels as we can.” While O’Brien wouldn’t give sales figures, she says the company anticipates a modest double-digit increase with the rebranding.
@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)