MORRIS TIME: Now that a number of jewelry makers, from Henry Dunay to Carolee, have their own watches, Robert Lee Morris has also decided to get with the times. Morris is doing his first watch in a joint...
MORRIS TIME: Now that a number of jewelry makers, from Henry Dunay to Carolee, have their own watches, Robert Lee Morris has also decided to get with the times. Morris is doing his first watch in a joint venture with Swiss Watch Corp. It will debut later this month, showing up in the Council of Fashion Designers of America accessories designers' exhibit during the 7th on Sixth spring collections in New York, Oct. 29-Nov. 4, which is also accessories market week. Available in sterling silver or vermeil, with a black leather strap, the watch features Morris's signature soft and fluid lines and a concave face. Swiss Watch will promote and distribute the watch to jewelers, and Morris will handle department and specialty stores. The retail price will be about $600. Swiss Watch also produces watches in a joint venture with jewelry designer John Hardy, as well as a licensed Christian Dior line and its own Alfex brand.
MOVADO LENDS A HAND: Watchmaker Movado has launched a new timepiece designed to raise money for several children's charities. The Children of the World watch will be sold this fall in a limited-edition series of 1,000 pieces. The price tag per watch will be $1,000, and 100 percent of the amount grossed--ideally, $1 million--will go into the company's Movado Children's Foundation. The main recipients of the funds will be the St. Jude Children's Hospital and UNICEF. Distribution of the watch will be handled strictly via direct mail and mail order, according to a Movado spokeswoman. Advertisements with clip-out order coupons will appear in about a dozen national monthly publications in October and November. The watch itself is a colorful, plastic model designed by Brazilian pop artist Romero Britto. In addition to being Movado's first "worthy cause" product, it is also the newest edition in the firm's Artists' Series. Since 1988, Movado has put out watches designed by Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist and several others for this series.
BULGARI SALUTES THE ARTS: Bulgari did its part for the arts last Wednesday when it gave a cocktail party for the Whitney Museum Gala's benefit committee at its New York store. The event, which drew 150, marked the first time that the Italian jeweler has hosted this warmup to the Whitney Museum Gala, the annual fund-raiser, which will take place on Oct. 24 at the museum. "We consider art to be one of the most important aspects of life as we know it," said Nicola Bulgari, vice chairman of the Bulgari group, who is an avid collector of modern art. "When we chose to work with Bulgari, we were really thinking of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who loved art and beauty and quality," said Jamie Gregory, who is chairing the gala with Robert Wooley. The gala itself will honor the life and style of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who founded the museum.
@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