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."
“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)