The seven designers were on hand at the West Side exhibit space — Billy Reid, Chris Benz, Dana Lorenz from Fallon, Jonathan Adler, Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais, Steven Alan and Amy Smilovic of Tibi.
The collection of men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry, travel and electronics accessories and home decor goes online Nov. 12 and marks the first time eBay is collaborating with a group of leading designers to create an exclusive collection. The giant online marketplace is not new to designer exclusives, however, having in the recent past worked with Derek Lam, Narciso Rodriguez, Alexander Wang and Rebecca Minkoff.
EBay approached Alan only a few months ago. “They asked me what would I like to design that’s outside my comfort zone and I told them I like technology,” recalled Alan. “Then they said could you execute any ideas in three weeks. Well, I said it’s not so crazy if it’s underwear, but leather goods are a little more involved.” Nevertheless, Alan delivered the goods, a set of leather iPad and composition book cases, bill folders and mobile phone shoulder cases, partly because he’s accustomed to collaborating. “I like it. I’ve partnered with Nike, Uniqlo and Levi’s.”
Benz designed what he called travel essentials including silk twill pajamas, cashmere T-shirts and scarves, and canvas clutches. “I travel a lot so this all made sense.” He said he’s no stranger to eBay. “I’ve decorated my apartment and my studio from eBay,” including purchasing a set of klieg lights that he used as props for his spring 2010 show and has on display in his studio on 37th Street.
“EBay gave us carte blanche but I really wanted to create something that wasn’t just boiled down from my collection,” said Smilovic. She came up with a long sleeve jersey sweatshirt with lace, a cotton sweatshirt with a lace penguin and a fake leather T-shirt lined in jersey. She said working at lower price points for eBay was a good lesson in using a different quality of lace, as well as cotton and jersey. For her regular collection, she typically works with silk and leather. Working with eBay, Smilovic said, has the Tibi team thinking about designing in different ways, and lower price possibilities.
Adler created picture frames, coasters, ornaments and salt and pepper shakers for the holiday collective. “I’ve squandered ‘squillions’ on eBay over the years. Furniture, furniture and more furniture,” Adler said. “I’m glad to make something back now.”
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@badgalriri’s @fentybeauty launch in September was a massive success on social media, powering $72.9 million of earned media value, according to Tribe Dynamics. The brand’s foundation offering sparked conversations about diversity in beauty, launching the growth of emerging influencers and propelling the brand’s support on social media. Today, #fentybeauty won Launch of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📷: Chema Moya/EPE-EFE)
@marianna_hewitt has become one of the most influential content creators in the beauty space, with almost 800,000 Instagram followers and a newly launched skin care line called @SummerFridays. Today, she was awarded Influencer of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📸: @sophiachabbott )
As shopping behaviors evolve, the retail experience must follow. Head over to retail experts @colliersinternational’s Knowledge Leader series to read more about the shift in our shopping era. #colliersretail #lovecolliers
@prada opened a pop-up club, called Prada Double Club, in collaboration with German artist Cartsen Höller at @artbasel Miami. Last night, guests – including @youngparis, @ritaora and even Miuccia Prada herself – gathered in a former ice factory where the pop-up is housed for a performance from @wyclefjean. Go to WWD.com for full coverage on all the exhibits, parties and more at #ArtBaselMiami. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@louboutinworld and @disney are making magic once again, creating a set of shoe designs for the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Louboutin designed a pair of shoes for each of the film’s four female leads: Rey (@daisyridrey), Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (@lauradern), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and Rose Tico (@kellymarietran). The shoes will debut on Saturday at the L.A. premiere of the latest episode. #wwdfashion
Today at the #BeautyIncAwards 2017, WWD will be joined by beauty leaders from around the world as we honor this year's most innovative people, products, brands and places. Follow along here and on Twitter for live coverage from the exclusive event. #wwdsummits (📷: @elizaflorendo)
Exclusive: Beauty superinfluencer @marianna_hewitt is launching her first-ever skin care brand with her business partner @laurengores. Their new line Summer Fridays, which will be sold exclusively at summerfridays.com starting in January, is launching with just one product – a hydrating cream Jet Lag Mask. “We wanted to focus on one product that was amazing,” said Hewitt. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Michelin star-rated chef PJ Calapa marks his first solo endeavor with today’s opening of @scampinyc –– the new Southern Italian restaurant located in Manhattans’ Flatiron District. The upscale yet welcoming environment matches the menu, which includes two types of scampi: traditional Italian langoustines in butter and the Americanized version with shrimp over pasta 🍤 - pictured here. #wwdeye (📷: George Chinsee)