For Nadine Hammoud and Cherine Altobaishi, jewelry design is a family affair.While often mistaken for sisters, Hammoud and Altobaishi are a mother-daughter team launching NC Rocks, a jewelry collection that appeals to a multigenerational customer by combining their shared tastes and design codes. The rings, long pendants, ear cuffs and bracelets in 18-karat gold are distinguished by the use of enamel paired with diamonds, various hues of sapphires, tsavorites and amethysts for a modern Art Deco feel. Seventies flare and abstract art from Picasso, Kandinsky, Mondrian and Al Held also influence the designs.Based in Dubai, they are in the U.S. to launch the collection for resort with retailers. Hammoud credits her upbringing — “Lebanese-born and London-bred” — and her own mother’s sense of style for her career choice. The designer began by creating charms out of vintage trinkets from flea markets and ancient holy stones found on pilgrimage to Mecca in 2002. She sold the gems by word of mouth to friends and socials, royals and ladies clubs in Saudi Arabia, and at trunk shows at the Ritz and Claridge’s in London and Harvey Nichols and Saks Fifth Avenue in Riyadh.As for her daughter, Altobaishi lived Stateside in Los Angeles in 2012, pursuing a singing career. Although that didn’t take off, she drank in West Coast culture and started sketching designs for jewelry, and the idea for the line was born.The duo also styled each other, which inspired the cross-generational concept. According to Hammoud, that's a family tradition. “I’ve always worn my mother’s things and now Cherine is wearing mine.”The debut collection ranges in price from $700 for ear clips to a blue-and-white enamel pendant with diamonds for $32,000. The bulk of the collection retails between $1,000 and $7,000. The Web site, nc-rocks.com, also launched this week and will add e-commerce later this year.— Roxanne Robinson
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.