There’s more to Lord & Taylor’s Birdcage than what meets the eye.“Birdcage is perfectly aligned with our vision to create new and exciting experiences for existing customers and to attract new customers,” said Liz Rodbell, president of Lord & Taylor and its sister division Hudson’s Bay.On Thursday, Rodbell and members of her fashion and buying team previewed the Birdcage merchandise in a studio at the Andaz Hotel in Manhattan, and explained the ramifications of the shop concept which is scheduled to make its debut inside Lord & Taylor’s Fifth Avenue flagship on Oct. 2 and on the store’s Web site. It will primarily feature an eclectic array of exclusive or limited-distribution accessories and jewelry, along with cosmetics, home products, wearable tech items and food from more than 30 suppliers.RELATED STORY: Lord & Taylor Set to Launch Two Concept Shops >> “It’s multifaceted and could have broader legs into apparel as we move forward,” Rodbell said, noting Lord & Taylor is striving to be innovative in other ways, such as by evolving the company’s e-commerce business and doubling efforts to create a strong mobile experience.Among the Birdcage items at the preview: Joya candles, diffusers, soaps and perfume; vintage Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermès accessories; wearable technology items, including Frends jewelry earphones as well as TKO Orlogi watches that double as mirrors; Fig & Bella hand-dyed scarves; Mullein & Sparrow body salts, potpourri and dry shampoo; Regas stationery, and Marie Turnor clutches.At Lord & Taylor, the Birdcage was originally an elegant restaurant on the flagship’s fifth floor with tea sandwich trolleys and an Italian flair. It sadly closed about 30 years ago. The upcoming shop, as L&T’s vice president and fashion director Stephanie Solomon, observed, “revives that sense of discovery and experience. The Birdcage was something different, something innovative,” as is its reincarnation as a shop. “It’s truly all about the experience,” Solomon said.In another initiative to create something out of the ordinary, Lord & Taylor will launch in September another shop concept at the flagship called Brand Assembly for up-and-coming, advanced contemporary designers.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews