DIAMONDS DAILY: To emphasize the point that diamond jewelry is no longer just for special occasions, this year the Diamond Information Center (DIC) has renamed its annual Diamonds Today design competition,...
DIAMONDS DAILY: To emphasize the point that diamond jewelry is no longer just for special occasions, this year the Diamond Information Center (DIC) has renamed its annual Diamonds Today design competition, "Diamonds Today--For Every Day." The DIC, the U.S. publicity arm of De Beers' diamonds, is seeking pieces that will be salable, timeless and wearable with everything from ballgowns to blue jeans. Unlike past years' competitions, when entrants could use multiple diamonds in the items they submitted, this year only one solitaire diamond of 1/2 carat or more may be used in the design of each piece. According to a DIC spokeswoman: "The idea is to show that a diamond is an essential element of style, a classic item for day-to-day life." To give the jewelry a wide range of appeal, the DIC has stipulated that all entries must carry a retail value between $2,000 and $20,000. Each candidate may submit up to three pieces in any combination of bracelets, necklaces/pendants, earrings, pins and fashion rings, although only one fashion ring entry will be allowed per contestant. Bridal rings are not eligible for entry. The winning items will be featured in both national advertising campaigns and booklets that will be available to consumers and retailers. Designers and firms that enter the contest must be capable of reproducing their entries for distribution to fine jewelry retailers. The contest will be judged by a panel of six and will include members of the fashion, media and retail communities. The judging will take place on March 20, and the deadline for entries is March 13.
BAKER MOVES ON: Neal Baker has joined New York-based multiple classification firm I. Shalom Inc. as sales coordinator of the firm's licensed Totes cold-weather accessories line, a new post. Baker had been president of Jack Baker Fifth Avenue, a New York millinery firm that closed at the beginning of January. I. Shalom entered into the licensing agreement with Totes in March 1995 and is currently expanding the line.
JOINING FORCES: Fashion jewelers Jay Feinberg and Gregg Weingeroff have decided to pool their resources. Feinberg is president and designer of New York firm Jay Strongwater, and Weingeroff is president of the Cranston, R.I.-based Weingeroff Enterprises manufacturing firm, which produces its own line, as well as the licensed line of Oscar de la Renta jewelry. Feinberg also designs the Oscar de la Renta line for Weingeroff. Starting with the May accessories market, both companies' collections will be shown at Strongwater's showroom at 11 East 36th St. Weingeroff will close its New York showroom at 385 Fifth Ave.; it had used this space to sell the Oscar de la Renta line. In the meantime, Weingeroff will take over production, distribution and administrative operations for Jay Strongwater and will handle them out of its corporate facilities in Rhode Island. Weingeroff maintains regional sales staffs throughout the U.S., who will add the Strongwater line to their repertoire for fall.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty