GOLDBAGS: There are goldfingers, goldmembers — and gold logos. The most fabulous of recent movie promotional items is the logo tote New Line Cinema has sent out to promote its new release "Austin Powers in Goldmember." The bag is very similar to...
GOLDBAGS: There are goldfingers, goldmembers — and gold logos. The most fabulous of recent movie promotional items is the logo tote New Line Cinema has sent out to promote its new release "Austin Powers in Goldmember." The bag is very similar to the Louis Vuitton version, with gold on brown and big "G"’s where the LV’s should be. It also includes a change purse and a canvas "G" file folder inside. Vuitton executives in New York said they hadn’t seen the bag and couldn’t comment on possible copyright infringement or counterfeiting charges. A New Line spokeswoman stressed the bag won’t be for sale and that the company thought it was a fun idea because Austin Powers is a Seventies icon just like Vuitton. Besides, she added, it was a way for New Line to brand its iconic "G." So, now, what does Gucci think?
Meanwhile, following a screening in New York of the film Wednesday night, Beyoncé Knowles sashayed into Barneys wearing a body-hugging gold gown and said she’ll next be filming "Fighting Temptations" with Cuba Gooding Jr. Other guests included Carol Alt, Nicole Miller, Howard Socol and Spike Lee, who said his next movie, "The 25th Hour" with Edward Norton, will be released in December. A source estimated "Goldmember" will do $75 million in its first weekend.
GUCCI TO ORDER: Fueled by the success of its custom-made project for men that started this spring, Gucci is extending the service to accessories. Starting in early November, hardcore Gucci-ettes will be able to indulge with a line of made-to-order bags that consists of about six styles, inspired by iconic models from the Gucci archives and available in an array of hides, from the mainstream calfskin to luxe crocodile, said a source close to the company. Customers also will be able to pick the hardware and have the bag monogrammed. The wait is at least four months. The service will most likely only be available in Gucci’s flagship boutiques in New York, London, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Beverly Hills. At the same time, the luxury goods house will introduce a limited-edition line of bags and made-to-order men’s shoes.
NEW DIGS: The British knight Sir Paul Smith keeps expanding his land holdings. The designer has just purchased a former fruit and vegetable warehouse for his new London headquarters. The 30,000-square-foot space, on Kean Street, will house all of the company’s offices and showrooms. The designer and his team plan to move in early next year, a Paul Smith spokeswoman said.
COACH CLASS: At Coach’s summer party, held at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum on Wednesday, MTV’s "Spring Break" host Molly Sims created a stir when she showed up with a ragged suede fringe handbag that, well, didn’t look like it was signature Coach. President and creative executive officer Reed Krakoff quickly produced the company’s "Garden Party" satchel, and Sims happily traded the old for the new. Perhaps it kept her from feeling guilty for not staying in that night. "My Yorkshire terrier Poupette just had six puppies," she said. "I have been getting very little sleep and am a nervous wreck."
Assouline is paying homage to the late Azzedine Alaïa with a reprint of "Alaïa Livre de Collection.” The book is comprised of photographs of the designer's summer 1992 runway show with models Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, pictured here at right. #wwdfashion #alaia #tyrabanks
Fall 2018 accessories take on a painterly hue, with Nebulas Blue among Pantone’s top 10 colors of the season. (📸: @jonghyupstudio ; editor: @twallz21 ; stylist and set designer: @haideefindlaylevin ) #wwdaccessories
@americanapparelusa is relaunching the brand outside of the U.S. today, opening its online store to more than 200 countries. The company is also contemplating a return to brick-and-mortar, though details have not been confirmed. In tandem with the expanded distribution is a recasting of a social media ad campagn, called “Back to Basics,” pictured here, with a focus on diversity and a cast of models above the age of 21. Read more on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
Jewelry label @alisonlou has made a name for itself with fine jewelry that speaks to the Millennial market. Now @twallz21 reports that the label is bringing those playful ideas to a new affordable line of lucite hoops with the launch of Loucite by Alison Lou. Here’s a look from the line modeled by @emrata. #wwdaccessories
@sarahjessicaparker and @gilt are teaming up on a bridal ready-to-wear line. Tomorrow, Parker will launch SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Bridal — and as part of the launch, Gilt will offer 15 exclusive styles from the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker footwear collection that were designed to complement the new line. Made out of 10 styles, the line is designed for a variety of occasions, from bridal showers to receptions. Get more details on WWD.com #wwdfashion