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.
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)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)