KEDS DOES LEGS: Keds is getting a leg up. The footwear firm has entered a licensing partnership for spring with McCubbin Hosiery, a family-owned legwear firm based in Oklahoma City, to produce a full line of women’s and children’s hosiery, including socks, tights, leggings and liners, and will focus on using eco-friendly fibers such as bamboo and organic cotton. Keds legwear will be distributed at department stores and midtier retailers nationwide.
“The huge growth in ballet flats and slip-on footwear has fueled the liner business,” said David McCubbin, president at McCubbin Hosiery. “We are offering liners that are fun and colorful and true to the Keds brand.”
DARBY DOT COM: Darby Scott is going cyber. The jewelry and handbag designer is taking her baubles and exotic snakeskin bags online as she launches her e-commerce site, darbyscott.com. A former clothing designer, Scott will create limited edition ready-to-wear silhouettes such as blouses and skirts to compliment the online boutique assortment.
“We believe in the democratic power of the Web,” said Scott. “By the end of the year, we will have a full boutique of all our product ranges available to the consumer online. We will deliver to the luxury goods customer clothing, handbags and jewelry, which will excite and inspire them even in these troubled times. With the proliferation of the mass brands globally, women are tiring of brands that have focused on image over substance.”
MODEL MOTHER: Lucky Brand is going mommy-and-me. The firm is partnering on a handbag line with Camila Alves — a Brazilian model and handbag designer who is Matthew McConaughey’s companion and the mother of his son, Levi — to create a collection of bags aimed at “helping moms stay organized.” Also in the collection are diaper bags and kid’s carryall bags produced under the Lucky Kids label. The line retails from $79 to $349 and is to launch next fall exclusively at Lucky Brand and Lucky Kid stores, as well as select specialty stores. “Being a new mom myself, I know how important it is to carry a bag that will hold all of baby’s needs, including bottles and toys,” Alves said.
ROYAL DIAMONDS: Jewelry lovers gathered last week at New York’s Asprey store to celebrate Lord Ian Balfour’s latest book, “Famous Diamonds.” The writer has worked in the diamond industry for more than 20 years and has consulted for some of the world’s most important diamond firms.
In his new tome, Balfour explores the most famous diamonds of modern times, from the controversial Koh-i-Noor diamond, situated among Britain’s Crown Jewels, to the Cullinan, the largest uncut diamond ever found. But the Eton-educated Balfour said his true passion lies in music. “I’ve written nine operas and love the passion involved in that,” Balfour said.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty