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.
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)