ROYAL FUSS: It appears that Garrard’s new ad campaign — which features Missy Elliott, Liberty Ross and Rupert Everett with their own coats of arms and tag lines proclaiming "By special appointment to…" — is rattling a few royal...
ROYAL FUSS: It appears that Garrard’s new ad campaign — which features Missy Elliott, Liberty Ross and Rupert Everett with their own coats of arms and tag lines proclaiming "By special appointment to…" — is rattling a few royal cages. According to the London-based Evening Standard, the watchdog group Royal Warrant Holders Association said the ads were "not in the greatest of taste," and added that only the royal family is allowed to grant permission to use the phrase "by appointment." Garrard is the former Crown Jeweler and remains the headquarters of current official Crown Jeweler David Thomas. While the newspaper reported that Garrard agreed to alter the campaign at the request of the RWHA, Gianluca Brozzetti, chief executive of A&G Group, which controls the Asprey and Garrard brands, denied that. "The ads will continue, and we have no plans to change the campaign," he said.
A spokesman for the RWHA declined to comment.
As reported, the color campaign shot by Malcolm Venville broke in the October issues of magazines including W, Vogue, Harpers & Queen and Tatler.
GIVING BIRTH: While Bill Blass fans continue to make the trek to Bloomington, Ind. to view the late designer’s retrospective at Indiana University, the new focus at Blass headquarters in New York is on dressing future generations.
Bill Blass Ltd. has entered into a licensing agreement with Quiltex to launch a line for toddlers called Baby Blass that is expected to develop into a $1 million business for spring. Quiltex, which also markets clothes for toddlers under the J. Garcia, Thomas the Tank Engine and Hello Kitty monikers, is targeting the fashionable 12- to 24-month-old set with cuddly baby sacks, jean jackets and separates made in similar, but softer, prints from the grown-up collection designed by Lars Nilsson. The clothes feature double-B buttons and, in a play on the classic Blass logo, two teddy bears sitting back-to-back.
"Children probably don’t know the Blass brand," said Michael Groveman, chief executive officer. "But their mothers do. Eventually, we’ll bridge a gap and start selling [to those] children as well."
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@badgalriri’s @fentybeauty launch in September was a massive success on social media, powering $72.9 million of earned media value, according to Tribe Dynamics. The brand’s foundation offering sparked conversations about diversity in beauty, launching the growth of emerging influencers and propelling the brand’s support on social media. Today, #fentybeauty won Launch of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📷: Chema Moya/EPE-EFE)
@marianna_hewitt has become one of the most influential content creators in the beauty space, with almost 800,000 Instagram followers and a newly launched skin care line called @SummerFridays. Today, she was awarded Influencer of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📸: @sophiachabbott )
As shopping behaviors evolve, the retail experience must follow. Head over to retail experts @colliersinternational’s Knowledge Leader series to read more about the shift in our shopping era. #colliersretail #lovecolliers
@prada opened a pop-up club, called Prada Double Club, in collaboration with German artist Cartsen Höller at @artbasel Miami. Last night, guests – including @youngparis, @ritaora and even Miuccia Prada herself – gathered in a former ice factory where the pop-up is housed for a performance from @wyclefjean. Go to WWD.com for full coverage on all the exhibits, parties and more at #ArtBaselMiami. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@louboutinworld and @disney are making magic once again, creating a set of shoe designs for the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Louboutin designed a pair of shoes for each of the film’s four female leads: Rey (@daisyridrey), Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (@lauradern), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and Rose Tico (@kellymarietran). The shoes will debut on Saturday at the L.A. premiere of the latest episode. #wwdfashion
Today at the #BeautyIncAwards 2017, WWD will be joined by beauty leaders from around the world as we honor this year's most innovative people, products, brands and places. Follow along here and on Twitter for live coverage from the exclusive event. #wwdsummits (📷: @elizaflorendo)
Exclusive: Beauty superinfluencer @marianna_hewitt is launching her first-ever skin care brand with her business partner @laurengores. Their new line Summer Fridays, which will be sold exclusively at summerfridays.com starting in January, is launching with just one product – a hydrating cream Jet Lag Mask. “We wanted to focus on one product that was amazing,” said Hewitt. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Michelin star-rated chef PJ Calapa marks his first solo endeavor with today’s opening of @scampinyc –– the new Southern Italian restaurant located in Manhattans’ Flatiron District. The upscale yet welcoming environment matches the menu, which includes two types of scampi: traditional Italian langoustines in butter and the Americanized version with shrimp over pasta 🍤 - pictured here. #wwdeye (📷: George Chinsee)