Tim McElwee and Cyia Batten want to shake up the accessories e-commerce model with WeTheAdorned — and they’ve enlisted Sarah Jessica Parker to help.The fashion-plate actress will serve as curator for the Web site, which McElwee and Batten cofounded and will launch this spring. WeTheAdorned will have a membership format, with premium and nonpremium options, and is currently accepting early sign-ups. A onetime annual fee (the exact amount is still being tested) will give members access to pieces designed exclusively for WeTheAdorned by Pamela Love, Dannijo, Fenton and Fallon, Erickson Beamon, Lulu Frost, Lizzie Fortunato, Paige Novick and more. Prices are expected to range from about $50 to $1,000.Every Monday a new item — curated by Parker — will be introduced, and premium members will get a 24-hour head start. Each item will be produced in limited quantities, depending on the item and designer.“We might only make 200 units of one piece,” McElwee said of the venture, which has been self-funded thus far. “We’re providing a platform for designers that allows them to have a destination where they can sell their best pieces in a way that they can make money. We’re marketing the designers, not WeTheAdorned; it’s a really big differentiator.” McElwee and Batten asked the designers to “go wild” and make their “dream piece.” They wanted to give talent free rein to create something that was brand-consistent — but without the constraints often placed on them by larger retailers. Once a piece sells out, it will never be distributed again.“This market has not been touched at all,” McElwee said. “If you think about the market, at the top you have Tiffany & Co. and Blue Nile and then you have BaubleBar and BeachMint.”WeTheAdorned is seen as fitting between the two groups. “This is not a diffusion [site],” McElwee said. “This is not Missoni for Target.”Everything is manufactured in America, using materials such as bronze, 24-karat gold, rose gold and rhodium plating, as well as diamonds, emeralds and other semiprecious and precious gemstones.
La Double J made a name for itself with its vintage-inspired prints, but for resort, designer JJ Martin has ventured into new territory: enter rich jewel toned solids and decadent embellishment, in the form of appliqués, crystals and sequins. #wwdfashion #resort19 #ladoublej
This Just In: J. Crew Group has named Johanna Uurasjarvi as its chief design officer.
Uurasjarvi succeeds Somsack Sikhounmuong, who left the company last September. Tap the link in bio for the full report. #wwdnews
“She came into my hotel room and she was like, ‘I have Chanel and Christian Dior.’ She was like, ‘Chanel likes you.’ And I was like, ‘I’m going to start crying,’” breakout star Maddie Hasson tells WWD of her styling sessions Molly Dickson. “I really like classic, elegant things. I love the way Anna Wintour dresses.” Read more about Hasson’s role in @impulseseries on wwd.com. (📸: @jgreenery ) #wwdeye
@virgilabloh revealed he's working with Australian stylist and
Vogue Australia fashion director @christinecentenera for his debut @louisvuitton men's collection, which will be presented in Paris on June 21. Centenera met Abloh while both working with Kanye West, where she consulted on his all his runway collections since his debut spring 2012 women's wear show. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews (📷: @asussmanphoto)
"In order for Shudu to wear garments, she needs to be able to put them on, just like you would in the real world. You have to digitize the outfits," said Cameron-James Wilson on dressing 3-D model @shudu.gram for her WWD photoshoot with @itsclo3d. #wwdfashion (📸: @cjw.photo)
“Shudu is a digital supermodel, a very glamour and amazing woman. But she’s 3-D,” says Cameron-James Wilson, a fashion photographer and the creature of @shudu.gram. Here, Shudu wears @cushnieetochs for her debut fashion editorial. #wwdfashion (📷: @cjw.photo)
“It is the fierce female performances that came before me that made be able to clearly identify for myself what it was that I wanted to do, what kind of artist I wanted to be, what kind of films I wanted to make,” said @brielarson at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards. See more pictures from the event on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: Matt Baron)