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.
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)