Fashion Scoops: More Diamonds … Benetton Base Camp … Smart Move
MORE DIAMONDS: De Beers LV, a joint venture between diamond cartel De Beers and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, has signed a lease for its new retail concept at 703 Fifth Avenue near 55th Street. The diamond jewelry boutique will replace an...
MORE DIAMONDS: De Beers LV, a joint venture between diamond cartel De Beers and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, has signed a lease for its new retail concept at 703 Fifth Avenue near 55th Street. The diamond jewelry boutique will replace an existing Louis Vuitton shop, which is being relocated to the former Warner Bros. space on Fifth Avenue and 57th Street. The De Beers LV store, with a 3,500-square-foot ground floor and slightly smaller mezzanine, is scheduled to open at the end of 2003. Rent is said to be about $800 a square foot. The first De Beers LV shop will open on Old Bond Street in London at the end of this year.
BENETTON BASE CAMP: Benetton’s biggest distributor, Iraklis Karabassis, president and owner of IK Enterprises Ltd., is growing the empire. "This year, my group is opening 20 new storesaround the country, and we have a plan to do another 20 in 2003, but it’s a little early to commit to a precise number. Eighty percent of that represents Benetton," with the rest being Sisley, Benetton’s sister division.
Karabassis confirmed a WWD report Monday that he just took over ownership and management of four Benetton and two Sisley units in Manhattan, including three megastores ranging from 7,000 to 11,000 square feet. He also said he opened a Sisley unit in Aventura, Fla., and last March took over three Benettons in Atlanta.
A native of Greece but based in Washington D.C., Karabassis said that by the end of year, he’ll have over 70 Benetton and 12 Sisley units in his control, with another 40 around the U.S. under the wings of other licensees. He also controls seven Max Mara units.
"In 2001, we had an increase of 25 percent in comp-store sales, despite the 9/11 tragedy. This is the reason we are keeping it going. This new mega format works." he said, noting the selection has been extended and many small orders arrive monthly, called "prontos." With close to eight drops each season, "they’re last minute fashion trends [and come] pre-packed. We place orders through the Internet and it’s shipped immediately. If we order on Monday, it’s here by Thursday or Friday, and maximum, it takes seven days to be on the floor."
SMART MOVE: Sometimes the power of celebrity opens doors. The owners of Ooloon, vintage clothing designers, showed up at Henri Bendel’s "Open See" at the W Hotel in Los Angeles Monday with one of their best customers, actress Amy Smart. Bendel’s buyers apparently liked what they saw, and Ooloon is sending the store a trunk full of one-of-a-kind pieces.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)