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.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye