DIAMONDS IN DALLAS: De Beers will open its sixth U.S. unit on April 1 at NorthPark Center in Dallas. Located between Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York, the 1,878-square-foot boutique will feature all of De Beers' diamond jewelry collections, its new watch line and exclusive men's jewelry by Steven Webster, said Hamida Belkadi, chief operating officer of De Beers Diamond Jewelers U.S. De Beers entered Texas in September with a store at the Houston Galleria that has "exceeded our expectations and budgets," Belkadi said. MODEL BEHAVIOR: Last season, when model Erin Wasson cut her teeth as a stylist at the Alexander Wang show, she draped the models in silver finery from Rogues Gallery. This time around, she's turned jeweler herself.
Wasson, 26, is creating her own designs for Wang's presentation on Saturday, and it's a project she hopes to eventually parlay into a full jewelry line of her own.
"It's all going to be very discreet," Wasson said of her not-yet-named collection comprising mixed-metal body chains and a pair of chain suspenders. "The pieces are meant to be worn under, not on top of, his clothing. The whole idea is to have them popping out of random places, like slipping out of a vest or peeping through a cutout in the clothes."
Wasson is also working on a three-year design collaboration with streetwear label RVCA to debut for spring 2009. ROSS ROCKS: Kara Ross, known for her signature fine jewelry collection, is launching a boutique line, Kara by Kara Ross. The line shares the same aesthetic as her fine line, but the boutique label will offer stones such as malachite, tiger eye and amethyst set in gold and rhodium plated base metal. Ross' fine jewelry offers gems set in 18-karat gold.
"I started thinking how the price of gold is skyrocketing and it looks like it will keep going," Ross said. "This just makes sense. Plus we had such a good time creating them. We still used amazing gem stones, but the base metal not being gold was a huge difference. You can afford to have big, bold looks."Kara by Kara Ross will retail from $100 to $600. Ross began the collection last September when she partnered with J. Mendel to do the jewelry for his spring show. She made a series of half yellow gold-half gunmetal cuffs with an x motif that was sold at her Bergdorf Goodman trunk shows and at the J.Mendel boutique. Naeem Khan plans to feature Ross' new collection at her Feb. 7 runway show. Ross intends to show Kara by Kara Ross to stores such as Neiman Marcus, Scoop and Bergdorf Goodman. Ross expects Kara by Kara Ross to become a major part of her current business. She may create another lower-priced line to accompany her handbags.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye