HER TIME: Celine, the fashion and accessories house owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, has time on its side. It just signed a worldwide licensing agreement for timepieces with Maxelle SA, a subsidiary of Taramax SA, the maker of Fendi watches for the past 20 years. Celine's creative director Ivana Omazic will codesign the line with Maxelle, which will produce, market and distribute the range of women's watches. The collection will be unveiled at the Baselworld Watch and Jewelry show next spring.
MARKS MAKES A MOVE: Will Topshop have a new rival in Britain's fast-fashion stakes? Industry sources say Marks & Spencer, more famous for sensible cotton underwear than cutting-edge design, has approached Jane Shepherdson, who quit as Topshop's brand director in October, about a job. Shepherdson was a driving force behind Topshop's transformation into a fashion mecca, bringing in talent such as Celia Birtwell, Sophia Kokosalaki and Zandra Rhodes to create special collections for the store. One source said Shepherdson has not yet gotten back to Stuart Rose, the chief executive of M&S, about her interest in M&S, and it's still unclear in what capacity she would join the company. Shepherdson and Rose have known one another for years and have worked together before. During the late Nineties, Rose was chief executive of Arcadia Group, Topshop's parent. An M&S spokesman declined to comment on the speculation, and Shepherdson could not be reached for comment at press time.
DREAMGIRLS: Former "American Idol" and current Golden Globe-nominated "Dreamgirl" Jennifer Hudson is just getting used to this whole fashion thing. On Thursday night on the balcony of the Soho Grand Hotel's penthouse, Hudson — the star of the evening's festivities — got a stumper. "Who am I wearing?" she asked. Her manager: "You know ... " J.H.: "Yes ... I know ... Badgley ... ?" Badgley Mishka? "Yes! I love it. It's one of the prettiest dresses I have ever worn. But there's so much going on, and I'm supposed to figure out who I am wearing?" Indeed. Hudson had a big Thursday, between her Golden Globe nomination announcement and "Today" show appearance in the morning and private screening of "Dreamgirls" and party hosted by The Cinema Society and The Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition, held in her honor that night, which attracted guests such as Martha Stewart, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Isaac Mizrahi, Francisco Costa, Nicole Miller, Christopher Meloni, Liya Kebede, Julianna Margulies, Rosie Perez, Candace Bushnell and André Leon Talley.ALL FOR A BOX: Brooke de Ocampo and Simon de Pury hosted an intimate luncheon Tuesday at the downtown galleries of Phillips de Pury, in advance of the house's auction the next day of 58 Line Vautrin boxes, which ranged in estimates from $2,000 to $18,000. Surrounded by shelves of the exquisite polished bronze and mother-of-pearl pieces, Tory Burch, Marisa Noel Brown, Gigi Mortimer and Ghislaine Maxwell nibbled on lobster, oysters and crab claws overflowing the immense bowls. "I feel like I'm in the South of France," exclaimed Jennifer Creel, who had rushed down from 57th Street after doing Christmas shopping. Meanwhile, de Ocampo showed photos of her four-year-old son, Miguel, to Veronica Bulgari. "He doesn't speak a word of English," she said. "I spoke only Italian when I moved here," said Bulgari. "I was seven."
As for the boxes, the auction was a hit: Some went for more than double their estimate, including a mother-of-pearl box from the Fifties carved with the image of a boat, which was estimated at $12,000 to $18,000 and sold for $33,000.
BUT THE SPECTATORS LOVED IT: On Thursday, Kelly Killoren Bensimon toasted the beginning of bikini season at the Eres boutique on Madison Avenue and, as the author of the new Assouline tome, "The Bikini Book," and a former model, Killoren Bensimon surely knows a thing or two about the suits. She said her worst experience in a two-piece was when once, while waterskiing, her string bottoms fell off. But it wasn't an Eres, hastened to add Killoren Bensimon, who is a keen fan of the firm's swimsuits and has so many, her closet could serve as an archive for the brand.
Alberta Ferretti's "Rainbow Week" sweaters are back. The designer closed her #MFW show with a few day-of-the-week sweaters, which first debuted on the catwalk last January as part of the pre-fall 2017 collection. #wwdfashion (📷: @delphineachard)