Fashion Scoops: On Time … New Shoes … Drinking It In
ON TIME: Versace and Timex unveiled the first fruits of their nascent collaboration at the Basel Watch Fair on Thursday, saying they expect to have sales of 15 million Swiss francs, or $17.9 million, this year. At a news conference,...
ON TIME: Versace and Timex unveiled the first fruits of their nascent collaboration at the Basel Watch Fair on Thursday, saying they expect to have sales of 15 million Swiss francs, or $17.9 million, this year. At a news conference, Timex president Joe Santana and Santo Versace said they would double sales in 2006 and generate at least 40 million Swiss francs, or $47.8 million, in sales by 2007. The duo also revealed the collaboration’s name — Vertime — and said 75 percent of sales this year would come from watches, with jewelry contributing 20 percent and lighting instruments kicking in 5 percent. They said Paolo Marani would start as president of the Manno, Switzerland-based operation on Monday. Versace said Timex “brings us the tools and technical skills to make this a multimillion-dollar business,” while Santana said the Versace venture “is an opportunity to build a luxury segment in the group.” Though he said Timex would concentrate on its collaboration with Versace for the moment, he said the company was interested in pursuing other upmarket collaborations. Timex and Versace in January cemented a 17-year licensing agreement. Meanwhile, at a cocktail party later, Donatella Versace wore a white ceramic diamond-encrusted watch. “It’s a masculine style watch for strong women,” she said.
NEW SHOES: Alix de Chabot, managing director of Calvin Klein Europe, is headed to fast-growing Roger Vivier, the footwear firm owned by Diego Della Valle, WWD has learned. De Chabot is slated to join Vivier as a senior consultant for strategy and public relations in France. Before joining Klein in 1997, de Chabot worked in Ralph Lauren’s European press office.
DRINKING IT IN: Lulu Guinness and her chic and cheeky handbags attract a more diverse crowd than one would think. At Wednesday’s party honoring her exhibition of collectible handbags at Sotheby’s were the usual industry folk, plus a few teenagers, former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, some Brits from London, model Anouck Lepere and even downtown designers Alice Roi and Behnaz Sarafpour (both friends and fans of Guinness’). During the live auction that benefited the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, one perfume and two bags raised roughly $1,000 each and a one-of-a-kind Going, Going, Gone bag brought in $2,000. Guinness herself, wearing red in contrast to the black-and-white dress code, was surprised and pleased with the turnout. “It’s extremely overwhelming,” she said.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)