Sylvie Millstein was born in Paris, raised in Versailles, France, worked in Japan and now lives in New York. That multiculti insight is evident in Hellessy, the collection she launched for spring and is expanding for fall. Millstein previously worked as a buyer and senior merchant at Givenchy, Harrods and then Chanel, where she eventually became the house’s general merchandising manager for Japan. After moving to Manhattan in 2007, she saw a void in the market for luxe yet practical clothes that suited her lifestyle. “I know luxury from a customer standpoint and women will pay for quality and longevity,” she said. Millstein built Hellessy — named after herself and her two young sons, Hendrix and Lennox — on that idea.
After showing the spring capsule lineup to a few buyers out of her SoHo apartment, it was quickly snagged by Harrods, Kirna Zabête and Susan of Burlingame. For fall, Millstein worked her minimal, feminine collection of thoughtfully constructed pieces in a medley of materials: wool and angora blends, Italian stretch wool crepe, silk and wool twill, silk Modal jersey, heavy silk satin, lambskin leather and raccoon fur. Millstein believes that “clothing shouldn’t distract from the woman wearing it,” so her shapes are simple while still strong and sculptural. Silhouettes include cap-sleeve dresses figure-enhanced by darts and ruching, as well as pencil skirts, peplum tops, suiting and a fur-trimmed hooded parka, all done in a rich palette of slate blue, deep burgundy, oyster blue, blush and charcoal gray.
Positioning herself at the designer level, Millstein notes that her entire collection is produced in the U.S. (mostly in New York). Retail prices range from $270 for tops to $1,550 for dresses, with leather pants at $1,550 and a padded parka at $2,800.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)