MONIQUE NAMES BIHN: Monique Handbags, a firm specializing in mass market merchandise, has appointed Jon Bihn to the new post of president. Bihn has taken over the responsibilities previously handled by...
MONIQUE NAMES BIHN: Monique Handbags, a firm specializing in mass market merchandise, has appointed Jon Bihn to the new post of president. Bihn has taken over the responsibilities previously handled by senior vice presidents Barry Lipstein and Howard Drucker, both of whom resigned from the firm last month. Neither could be reached for comment. Bihn was president of Joseph Bernard, a handbag company in New York that closed last month. According to Stu Chizen, executive vice president of Monique's parent company, Lantis Corp., Monique purchased all of Joseph Bernard's remaining inventory. Bihn reports to Chizen. Both Lantis Corp. and Monique are in New York. Other Lantis divisions include Solargenics sunglasses and the licensed DKNY sunglass line.
TWIST AND SHOUT: DCNL, a San Leandro, Calif., company, is betting on its new item, the Sophist-O-Twist, to become the next big thing in hair accessories. The company is projecting first-year wholesale volume of $15 to $20 million for the new accessory, which wholesales at $6.50. The Sophist-O-Twist is a piece of flexible wire encased in a black velour cover with a hole in the middle. Hair can be pulled through the hole and then wrapped up into various styles. According to Darryl Cohen, president of DCNL, the item was invented in England last year by a company called D&D Promotions. DCNL is manufacturing the line and has the exclusive U.S. distribution rights. Distribution will be aimed at department stores.
DAUPLAISE LIVES LARGE: Jewelry designer Carol Dauplaise has moved into the special-sizes market with the launch of Expressly for You, a collection designed specifically for large-sized women. The line, which was launched during the August accessories market, will offer new product five times a year done in materials similar to Dauplaise's signature lines. Wholesale prices for Expressly for You run from $8 to $45. Dauplaise said she decided on the venture after researching the large-size market and discovering that it is growing, filled with consumers who have the money to spend on department-store quality jewelry but have little to choose from. Bracelets are at least 8 inches in diameter, and necklaces at least 24 inches in length. These pieces, as well as earrings and pins, are interpreted from current trends in silhouettes and colors, Dauplaise said. Some pieces in the line will be reorderable "fashion classics" in both career and casual looks, Dauplaise said. The line will primarily be merchandised within large-size ready-to-wear shops in department stores, rather than the main floor accessories areas.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews