NEW YORK — The accessories crowd hit the town last week as showroom events and soirees, as well as the annual Fashion Accessories Benefit Ball, were held at venues throughout the city.
FABB drew a lively crowd of close to 1,000 executives, buyers and retailers to the Marriott Marquis here. The black-tie event, now in its 14th year, raised more than $700,000 for One World, One Wish, a charity designed to help women and children who are victims of wars, as well as Coalition for the Homeless and No More Homeless Pets NYC. The event also honors companies and designers that have excelled in accessories, and this year’s honorees were Target Stores, R.J. Graziano and Marie Claire magazine.
“I started my business with absolutely no knowledge or experience of anything whatsoever,” said Graziano, recalling how he began in the business 27 years ago. “I am so thrilled to receive this recognition tonight. And I am especially pleased to realize that independent designer companies can actually compete and grow successfully in a crowded branded world.”
The event drew more celebrities than usual, as Raquel Welch, Susan Lucci, Leon Hall and Rue McClanahan all hobnobbed with the boisterous crowd.
“I am starting to fall in love with hats again,” McClanahan told WWD. “Hats complete an outfit.”
Among other events, Item Showroom held a party to launch the new line of Rita Wilcox bags, which incorporate grosgrain ribbon into the design and feature materials such as faux Persian lamb and patent leather, said designer Patty Schmitz.
In addition, showroom owner Cynthia O’Connor and Barry Kieselstein-Cord held an event to celebrate the designer’s silver line, which is now being repped by O’Connor’s showroom. And Helen Welsh held a soiree in her showroom to celebrate her new Primo Firenze collection, which she sources and manufactures in Italy.
“I went to the Florence Chamber of Commerce, and told them I had a showroom and wanted to do something special for the market,” said Welsh. “Buyers aren’t traveling as much, so this Helen Welsh collection is a one-stop accessories resource.”
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)