Bulova is introducing a luxurious special edition diamond timepiece to its Diamond Collection.
The stainless steel watch features a total of 267 pavé-set stones in its dial, case, bezel and crown, and retails for $2,750.
“The Special Edition Diamond Pavé watch is a perfect representation of Bulova’s expertise in providing today’s consumers with superbly designed timepieces offering impeccable style and exquisite craftsmanship,” says Dennis W. Perry, president of Bulova Corp. “As the most luxurious watch in our Diamond Collection, it highlights Bulova’s leadership in this growing category, one which has driven a significant portion of our impressive growth during the last decade and signals our commitment to continued innovation in design.”
The special edition watch will be available this month at select Macy’s and fine jewelers.
— Nadine Cheung
Oceanaut, the Redondo Beach, Calif.-based company cofounded by Danny Blair, chief executive officer and designer, and his wife, Frances, president, started in 1999 as a line of diving watches and became a full collection in 2004.
After tripling its sales, the company is now venturing deeper into the luxury market with its 35-mm. Bacara style, made from rose gold and diamonds. The Swiss-made watches retail from $1,295 to $4,000 and are sold in Nordstrom (the brand is its top-selling watch) and 30 boutiques nationwide.
— Marcy Medina
After three years spent in the international market, Dutch watch brand TW Steel has struck a distribution deal with the Tempus Group to launch in the U.S. this fall. Four collections of the oversize timepieces — Canteen, Grandeur, Tech and Goliath — which retail from $625 to $2,000, will be offered at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and other specialty retailers.
“TW Steel is a watch that is aspirational in its own way,” says Scott Rosen, partner in the Tempus Group. “[It’s] a value in today’s market, a sure thing in unsure times.”
Rosen’s partner, Jay Vullings, adds, “Every model has an excellent fit and finish to it, and there is an exceptional quality-to-value ratio for every customer. TW Steel is hip and exciting, while staying in line with watch industry trends.”
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast