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.
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
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“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
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Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye