Accessories that glitter, sparkle and exude glamour are drawing customers to stores this holiday season. Here, retailers reveal what's selling.
Henri Bendel Hot ticket items: Ted Rossi mirrored leather Swarovski crystal cuff and Ike Dynamic Rubber Watch Price: $75 to $175 Who's buying them and for whom? "People are buying them for their daughters and sons, others for themselves," Ann Watson, vice president and fashion director of Henri Bendel, said of the watch. "That's when you know you found a bestseller. It has such a broad audience." The appeal: "It's timeless, not trendy," said Watson of the cuffs. "It's accessible luxury with a bit of color and shine, and integrates into another person's wardrobe, so it's a safe buy. A little sliver of a metallic cuff can go from day to night so they wardrobe well."
Bergdorf Goodman Hot ticket item: Verdura Maltese Cross Cuff Price: $23,500 Who's buying it and for whom? "The husband is buying it for the wife and lots of couples are shopping for it together," said Ed Burstell, senior vice president and general merchandise manager of jewelry and accessories at Bergdorf Goodman. The appeal: "Our clients continue to appreciate Verdura's quality, history, exclusivity and amazingly chic look," Burstell said.
Macy's Hot ticket item: Vince Camuto Maran peep-toe bootie Price: $130 Who's buying it and for whom?: "People are buying them for themselves and then one for a friend," said Russell Orlando, vice president and fashion director, accessories. "They buy it and then say, 'Wow, I have to get this for her, she'll love it.'" The appeal: "All of our booties are doing well," Orlando said. "They are high fashion and great in the snow."
MaxandChloe.com Hot ticket item: Fine jewelry by Sydney Evan, M2Design by Mary Margrill and Foley + Corinna's city tote. Price: Jewelry at less than $1,000 is selling best; Foley tote, $420. Who's buying it and for whom? "Women are buying for themselves and men are buying as gifts," said Jamie Rubin, co-owner and buyer for MaxandChloe. The appeal: "Fine jewelry has picked up for us," said Rubin. "People want to get more value for their money."Net-a-Porter.com Hot ticket items: Christian Lacroix exclusive diamanté encrusted bracelet and Christian Louboutin Bling Bling platforms. Price: $1,600 and $1,375. Who's buying them and for whom? Men buying for women using Santa's Helper, the site's virtual adviser that allows women to deliver a personalized message about what they would like to receive via a video link. The appeal: "This stunning bracelet from Christian Lacroix will never date and adds the finishing touch to any outfit, be it eveningwear or a simple T-shirt and jeans," said Holli Rogers, head of retail for Net-a-Porter.com, who added that the Louboutins are "the ultimate party shoes and something to treasure for seasons to come."
Portero.com Hot ticket items: Hermès Birkin bag, Chanel classic flap bag 2.55, Van Cleef & Arpels rings, Tiffany cocktail rings, jewelry from Gurhan and Anthony Nak and watches from Breitling and Cartier Price: $1,000 and up. (Portero is a luxury auction Web site for pre-owned product) Who's buying them and for whom? Husbands for wives. The appeal: "These items have provenance and a soul," said Stephanie Phair, vice president of merchandising for Portero.
Saks Fifth Avenue Hot ticket items: Prada wristlet, YSL Belle du Jour clutch and Cartier Ballon Bleu watch with diamond bezel Price: $310, $395 and $34,400 Who's buying them and for whom? Men for women. The appeal: "It's timeless," said Elizabeth Kanfer, fashion market director of Saks. "There's a waiting list for this watch in all categories."
Shopbop.com Hot ticket items: Oliver Peoples Leyla sunglasses and Lauren Merkin metallic clutches Price: $350 and $285 Who's buying them and for whom? "The clutches make great, easy gifts, and there's a lot of self-purchase too," said Kassidy Babcock, Shopbop's buyer. "People need them for their holiday parties. And our customers are getting ready for holiday trips and buying sunglasses for themselves." The appeal: "There's no sizing, so they're easy gifts to give," Babcock said.Vivre.com Hot ticket items: Carlos Souza's Madly in Love pendants and Vivre's Evita hobo bag Price: $550 to $1,150, and $975 Who's buying them and for whom? "Husbands and boyfriends are going nuts on these," said Eva Jeanbart Lorenzotti, founder and chief executive officer of the online retailer. "They make everyone smile." The appeal: "They're sweet and fun, and come in different color cords like purple, black and fuchsia," Lorenzotti said of the pendants.
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)