CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN: Sir Edmund Hillary and his 1953 ascent of Mount Everest was the inspiration for Bally’s Everest capsule collection of accessories. The presentation, marking the expedition’s 60th anniversary, was staged in an old-fashioned canvas tent pitched in London’s Bedford Square. Inside, there was a tableau of old-fashioned tea chests, camp beds, cameras, ham radios, and general expedition detritus on a glass case. The case itself contained a replica of Bally’s original reindeer fur hiking books worn by Hillary’s Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, from which the capsule collection took its cue.
There were five different styles of boots — ranging from shaggy marmot fur and shaved reindeer for après ski to the more urban, Madison Avenue variety made from hand-burnished leather. There were also four styles of rugged man bags, fur mittens, and tracker hats lined with cashmere. Guests, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Jack Guinness, Sasha Bailey, Tony Ward, and Kayvan Novak were greeted with authentic Fifties mountaineering food and marmalade fingers wrapped in greaseproof paper. Sipping from a tin cup of coffee — served with Kendal Mint Cake and an optional shot of whisky — Cumberbatch talked about hiking in Nepal — and getting lost on a mountain.
“It was terrifying — we were lost for one and a half days,” he said. “We were doing it on the cheap, couldn’t afford a guide, and our maps were out of date. It was in the days before GPS really took off, and people were still frightened the Chinese were going to get hold of them and invade.”
His next conquest should be far less daunting — but just as interesting. Cumberbatch has just begun filming “The Man Who Sold the World,” in which he stars as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion