Along Madison Avenue, there's now a trove of one-of-a-kind — some over-the-top — items and experiences offered as part of a monthlong promotion on the luxury venue called "One-of-a-Kind Luxury."Among the offerings, bespoke services from Hermès; a Chopard yellow and white diamond necklace priced at $1.8 million, and shooting instruction organized by Berreta, the gunmaker, with Olympic coaches, shooting outfits and a stay in a villa in Colorado Springs for four, valued at $225,000.Also for sale, a handmade Hästens Marwari bed, a bespoke Baccarat butterfly cage and a dusty rose Castorino biker jacket from Brunello Cucinelli.The promotion, officially kicking off Saturday, involves 36 shops and is a collaboration between the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District which covers a stretch from 57th to 86th Streets; students from the School of Visual Arts who have created 14 clear acrylic sculptures standing eight feet tall and Departures Magazine. On Saturdays, stylist and blogger Kristen Taekman will give tours of stores and galleries.The promotion, which runs through Nov. 15, is geared to jump-start traffic and luxury shopping. Matthew Bauer, president of the BID, called the event "an homage to the creativity of the brands found here and to the New York brick-and-mortar shopping experience." It's also part of the BID's ongoing efforts to create new experiences along the avenue to improve business, such as a recent “gallery walk” involving 54 galleries staging talks and tours, and the annual "Watch Week" involving demonstrations, talks and new products.Among the other companies participating in One-of-A-Kind Luxury are Akris, Asprey, Baccarat, Barton Perreira, Beretta, Bottega Veneta, Christofle, Davide Cenci, De Beers, Dolce & Gabbana, Dennis Basso, Isaia, John Lobb, Pomellato, Roland Mouret and Smythson.
Exclusive: @isabelmarant and @lorealmakeup have teamed up to create a capsule makeup collection. "She is rather natural in the day but doesn't have time to go back home before going out [in the evening] and redo her entire beauty look," said Marant on the 5 products included in the collection, which will launching in September. Read @jenniferbethweil's interview with the designer on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty
After 17 years, Tomas Maier is leaving @bottegaveneta. “I am deeply grateful to him and I personally thank him for the work he accomplished, and for the exceptional success he helped to achieve,” said François-Henri Pinault, head of parent company @kering_official. Head to WWD.com for more on his departure. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: Davide Maestri)
@shaymitchell is no stranger to teaming up with beauty brands, but she’s made her latest partnership official: She’s signed with @buxomcosmetics as global creative brand ambassador, WWD learned exclusively. Mitchell and Buxom will collaborate on campaign development, social media strategy and content and new product and shade development. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
Today we’re at the WWD Retail 20/20 Forum where industry leaders will be talking about the future of shopping for fashion, footwear and beauty. Tune in on Instagram Live at 9 am and 3:30 pm to hear from two of our speakers –– @therealreal’s Rati Levesque and @bandier’s Stephen Ippolito. #wwdsummits (📷: @elizaflorendo)
Seen last night at @coach’s launch party for “Life Coach,” an interactive pop-up in Soho: @joansmalls. Open now, visitors of the pop-up can engage in themes of “creativity and self-expression,” through tarot, carnival games, live performances and art. See the rest of the party pics on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @vnina)
“We figure there’s enough cynicism to go around the world right now let’s go out there and be ourselves, let’s be enthusiastic, let’s have positive energy, which is something I think a lot of people really want and need right now,” said musician @joshgroban ahead of hosting the Tony Awards with @sarabareilles. Read @leighn’s interview with Groban on how he picked his look for the night, his next record and more on WWD.com. #wwdeye #tonyawards (📷: @vnina)
“Rock as an attitude and not a uniform. Street as a style and not just clothing. Sportswear as the new normality,” @paul_surridge said of his first @roberto_cavalli men’s wear collection, previewed here. The British designer joined the brand as the creative director in May 2017, and is gearing up to unveil his debut for the label with a runway show at the Florence Charterhouse on June 13 at #PittiUomo. Head to WWD.com to read more about his collection and see more sneak peek photos. #wwdfashion (📷: @simonelezzi)