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.
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)
@denimdaysfestival, which initially launched in Amsterdam in 2014 and has since expanded to New York, is heading to Nashville for the very first time. The two-day festival, which will take place in November, will feature brand activations, hands-on workshops by artisans and denim mills, a vintage market, live entertainment, and local food and drinks. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Later this month, the popular “Diana: Her Fashion Story” exhibit will be reopening. @historicroyalpalaces, the charity that manages @kensingtonroyal, has been working towards adding new, never-before-seen garments to the exhibit, including this dress created by Gianni Versace for a fund-raising dinner at the Museum of Natural History in Chicago. The exhibit will reopen on April 26 at Kensington Palace @wwdfashion
“Our family has always been engaged and interested in the world around us. [My brothers and I] were always encouraged to have our own opinion at a young age, which is not always something a child is asked — especially to have an opinion with reasoning behind it,” said @yarashahidi on becoming an activist. We caught up with the 18 year old last week, where she talked about her road to acting, how “Black-ish” led her to start conversations about identity and more. Head to WWD.com to read what she had to say #wwdeye (📷: @chelsealaurenla)