NATURAL FACTS What started out simply as a hobby has become a booming business. At 14, jewelry designer Clark Johnson began to dabble in the art of silversmithing. Now, at 33, Johnson and his father,...
NATURAL FACTS What started out simply as a hobby has become a booming business. At 14, jewelry designer Clark Johnson began to dabble in the art of silversmithing. Now, at 33, Johnson and his father, Stan, have a full jewelry collection called C&S Designs, featuring eight groups. Six years ago, when they first started taking jewelry design seriously, they sold custom pieces to local tourists at their family's gallery, Tommy Knocker's, located on historic Main Street in Utah's Park City. Environmental designs and motifs have continued to inform most of the groups. Bestsellers include sand-textured, desert-inspired pieces and a slightly worn, silver and gold overlay group, while the simplest silver pieces feature sun motifs or Indian geometric designs. Wholesale prices range from $30 for rings to $200 for a big, stone-studded cuff to special-order, 14-karat gold pieces that can cost $2,000. C&S Designs currently wholesales to small specialty stores and boutiques, jewelers and resort hotels around the nation. Nordstrom recently picked up the account, and the Johnsons hope eventually to develop exclusive relationships with other stores in resort areas.
BAGS OF CANDY Pastel patents are the freshest choice for spring accessories, and what better shape is there to protect your personal effects than a messenger bag or backpack? Combining elements of both femme and function, Marsha Brady, 29, of Brady-Archment, has taken these street-wise shapes and given them a flirtatious finish. Available in candy colors such as baby blue, pistachio, powder pink and apple green, the functional aspect of Marsha's designs--scuff-resistant vinyl and exposed motorcycle jacket zippers--give these shiny bags an overall look of playful indestructibility. The bags are fully lined, armed with adjustable straps and retail from $48 to $100. They're available at Barneys New York, TG170, Liquid Sky and Big Drop in New York, Barneys and Fred Segal in Beverly Hills, and Sugar Magnolia in Chicago.
FRANCO-FILLE Impressed with her family's past, Angèle Parlange has designed a line of accessories and objects to celebrate their ties to French royalty. Back in the 1800s, Angèle's great-great-grandmother, Virginie, married a marquis and immediately immersed herself in Parisian salon society. Her vast collection of calling cards from these halcyon days inspired Angèle to design a line of handprinted silk taffeta and metallic organza scarves, vests and handbags, all bearing the signatures of Madame Virginie's 19th century networkers. Angèle also creates pillows, tables and chairs which pay homage to typically royalist designs such as the fleur-de-lis and Louis XVI furniture. Her pieces range in price from $130 to $350 and are available at Peipers + Kogen in New York, Halls in Kansas City and at her own store, Angèle Parlange in New Orleans.LONDON CALLING It's been a long while since the Brits have produced a designer who's ruffled our hemlines with artistic temperament and a ribald sense of humor. In fact, if it weren't for Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano blowing conformity and convention right back in our faces, we Yanks might never remember there was a thing called British fashion. But thanks to Alexander McQueen, we'll be keeping an eye on our cousins' distant shores for a long time to come. McQueen, 25, caught the eyes and hearts of the fashion industry when he showed his first collection four seasons ago in London. His plaster-of- paris busts, polyurethaned lattice-work cloth vests and diaphanous resin splashed gowns, reminiscent of a Jackson Pollock painting, so wowed Manolo Blahnik that he called McQueen's work modern-day couture. Schooled at the prestigious Central St. Martins, McQueen mastered structure, form and patternmaking techniques while working on Savile Row, where he mischievously sewed "McQueen was here" confetto into the seams of Prince Charles's and Calvin Klein's suits. He then apprenticed for futurist designer Koji Tatsuno, cut patterns for "Les Misérables" with Bermans & Nathans, a theatrical costumier, and tailored trousers at Gieves & Hawkes. His tailoring skills so impressed Romeo Gigli that when McQueen went knocking on Gigli's door, he hired him on the spot and charged him with devising a pattern for his extraordinary cocoon coat. While developing the coat, McQueen mastered the art of 16th-century patternmaking techniques which informs most of his signature collection today. Available at Flights of Fancy and Pelicano in London and If Boutique in New York.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews