FASHION MAKEOVER: Who hasn’t thought at one time or another that the 7th on Sixth tents needed a fresher, cheerier look? Bryant Park has looked sooo Ringling Bros. lately.
Fear not. Now that Olympus has taken over the title sponsorship of the event, the camera company has recruited Thom Felicia of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” (but professionally known as head of the Thom Felicia Inc. interior design firm) to serve as Olympus design director. He’ll be designing the photographers’ lounge, press registration tent and the interior lobby, with the main goal of making Olympus’ presence there known.
“We wanted to find someone who could bring the Olympus brand alive under the tents,” said a spokesman for Olympus.
Among Felicia’s plans are a complete makeover of the Bryant Park fountain and installing two 10-foot-high and 32-foot-long walls that will be covered with behind-the-scenes photo reportage throughout the week, culminating in a temporary monument to camera crews called the Olympus Great Wall of Photography. Plus, Felicia will be on hand for the ceremonial ribbon cutting on Feb. 6, prior to Kenneth Cole’s show.
UGG GETS LEGS: Fashion followers who have rabidly been searching for a pair of this winter’s de rigueur boot will soon have something else to get excited about — Ugg is launching handbags this fall. Deckers Outdoor Corp., Ugg’s parent, signed a license deal with Springfield, N.J.-based handbags firm Jacobs and Leslie Hsu Designs LLC. Information on design and pricing haven’t been made available, but the bags are expected to be made of the same sheepskin and fleece materials as the boots. The handbags will launch to the trade at the World Shoe Association show in Las Vegas next month.
Designer Leslie Hsu makes handbags under her own name, which retail for $250 to $900 and have been sold at Takashimaya, Henri Bendel and Stanley Korshak and Verve in the past.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty