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.
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@badgalriri’s @fentybeauty launch in September was a massive success on social media, powering $72.9 million of earned media value, according to Tribe Dynamics. The brand’s foundation offering sparked conversations about diversity in beauty, launching the growth of emerging influencers and propelling the brand’s support on social media. Today, #fentybeauty won Launch of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📷: Chema Moya/EPE-EFE)
@marianna_hewitt has become one of the most influential content creators in the beauty space, with almost 800,000 Instagram followers and a newly launched skin care line called @SummerFridays. Today, she was awarded Influencer of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📸: @sophiachabbott )
As shopping behaviors evolve, the retail experience must follow. Head over to retail experts @colliersinternational’s Knowledge Leader series to read more about the shift in our shopping era. #colliersretail #lovecolliers
@prada opened a pop-up club, called Prada Double Club, in collaboration with German artist Cartsen Höller at @artbasel Miami. Last night, guests – including @youngparis, @ritaora and even Miuccia Prada herself – gathered in a former ice factory where the pop-up is housed for a performance from @wyclefjean. Go to WWD.com for full coverage on all the exhibits, parties and more at #ArtBaselMiami. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@louboutinworld and @disney are making magic once again, creating a set of shoe designs for the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Louboutin designed a pair of shoes for each of the film’s four female leads: Rey (@daisyridrey), Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (@lauradern), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and Rose Tico (@kellymarietran). The shoes will debut on Saturday at the L.A. premiere of the latest episode. #wwdfashion
Today at the #BeautyIncAwards 2017, WWD will be joined by beauty leaders from around the world as we honor this year's most innovative people, products, brands and places. Follow along here and on Twitter for live coverage from the exclusive event. #wwdsummits (📷: @elizaflorendo)
Exclusive: Beauty superinfluencer @marianna_hewitt is launching her first-ever skin care brand with her business partner @laurengores. Their new line Summer Fridays, which will be sold exclusively at summerfridays.com starting in January, is launching with just one product – a hydrating cream Jet Lag Mask. “We wanted to focus on one product that was amazing,” said Hewitt. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Michelin star-rated chef PJ Calapa marks his first solo endeavor with today’s opening of @scampinyc –– the new Southern Italian restaurant located in Manhattans’ Flatiron District. The upscale yet welcoming environment matches the menu, which includes two types of scampi: traditional Italian langoustines in butter and the Americanized version with shrimp over pasta 🍤 - pictured here. #wwdeye (📷: George Chinsee)