JEWEL BOX: Catherine Malandrino will launch her first jewelry collection today at her fall show. Composed of raw minerals and semiprecious stones — including African jade, aventurine, tigereye and agate and enamel — each piece is enhanced with silver accents and represents Malandrino's colorful aesthetic. The collection's necklaces, rings, cuffs and earrings feature shades of green, cognac, charcoal and black to match her fall ready-to-wear.
"Jewelry is linked with emotion," Malandrino said. "Stones have a soul and bring good energy. When you wear jewelry you open your heart."
Malandrino's jewelry collection will make its debut for fall at her boutique on Melrose Place in Los Angeles.
BASSO'S BAGS: In another round of fashion week collaborations, accessories designer Darby Scott is designing a special handbag collection for Dennis Basso's show on Tuesday. The collection, featuring alligator and sable satchels and delicate evening clutches, will range from $3,500 to $40,000 and will retail at Basso's four boutiques.
"I am flattered that Basso came to me," Scott said. "He appreciates my devotion to couture quality and artistry. We share that devotion."
TURKEY BAIT: Traffic was slow for Turkish leather exhibitors at last week's Turkish Leather Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York, where 27 tanneries, accessories and outerwear companies showcased their wares.
"It's not busy, but it's what I expected,'' said Nevin Erdem, a sales representative for the Sevimli tannery. "Last year was OK, but not good." He cited patent leather as a strong trend.
Saniye Bayat of Desa, an accessories manufacturer with showrooms in Turkey and Moscow, came to the show to try and gain a U.S. presence, but to no avail. She said she did, however, begin to understand what the American consumer wants.
"In Russia, they want fancy bags, in Europe it's more simple," Bayat said. "In America, I have no idea, but I think it's more classic."
EARNEST'S NEW MOSCOT: Moscot, the eyewear brand based on Manhattan's Lower East Side, is launching an exclusive eyewear collection with denim firm Earnest Sewn. The styles, numbered for authenticity and available in limited supply, will bow in April to coincide with the opening of a Moscot installation in the Back Room Project Space of Earnest Sewn's flagship.The eyewear will be available exclusively at Earnest Sewn and Moscot locations. The collaborative collection will fuse Moscot's frame shape with Earnest Sewn's American heritage styling and feature a limited edition Buffalo Horn Moscot Lemtosh frame with copper hardware. Also available at the in-store shop will be the vintage-inspired Moscot Originals eyewear and sun collections — a nod to styles from the brand's archives dating back to 1915. Prices will range from $149 to $400.
FRAGRANT FEET: High-end footwear designer Cesare Paciotti is launching a capsule collection for summer that offers an added draw — a light scent. The collection, called Gelly, comprises ballerina flats, sabots and a handbag that are made with a mixture of PVC and a powdery fragrance, which is a first in the industry, said designer Massimiliano Schiavini, who works with Paciotti.
"It reminds me of those children's dolls that seem to have been doused in talc," Schiavini said. "There is no stitching — if not for some mock seams — as the accessories come out of a single mold."
Schiavini said the designs evoke the Seventies, with a sky-high platform sabot and, on the other end of the spectrum, comfortable, minimal ballerinas. The basket bag is soft and deconstructed. The color palette includes white, black, turquoise, cyclamen, silver and red. Prices range from 120 to 150 euros for the shoes and 350 euros for the bag, or from $176 to $220 and $512 at current exchange. Gelly will be available at Paciotti stores around the world in one month.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)