NEW YORK — The jewelry crowd was out on the town last week, as Pomellato held its first U.S. soiree and Mikimoto showed off its new Miss USA crown and bridal jewelry collection.
Pomellato, the fast-growing Italian jewelry brand, took over a floor of Sotheby’s to showcase its bold jewelry designs, as well as its latest ad campaign shot by Michel Comte. The 35-year-old firm has been expanding its presence in the U.S. and this was its first major event on these shores.
"We are working to build our business in the U.S.," said Francesco Minoli, Pomellato’s chief executive officer, who was in town from Milan. "We would like to eventually be in about 60 points of sale here."
Known for its bold gold and gemstone jewelry, the firm is now in 16 stores here, including Bergdorf Goodman and select Saks Fifth Avenue locations.
At the event, a number of retail executives sipped champagne and checked out the jewelry, including Joan Kaner of Neiman Marcus; Katherine Adler and Marta Nowakowski of Bergdorf Goodman, and Mark and Candy Udell of London Jewelers, as well as consultant Philip Miller, the former chairman and ceo of Saks. There were also plenty of socialites on hand, such as Marjorie Gubelmann, Reza Raein, Nina Griscom and Amy Sacco.
Meanwhile, Mikimoto drew a crowd of hopeful Miss USA 2003 contestants, including Miss New York and Miss New Jersey, to its Fifth Avenue store last Wednesday when it premiered the new crown it has designed for the pageant. Even Donald Trump managed to pop in, although he only stayed long enough for a few pictures and to crow about the new deal between himself, the Miss Universe Organization and NBC, which will now broadcast the event.
The current Miss USA, Shauntay Hinton, joked that she will be "jobless and homeless" when her tenure is up. "I am looking to become an entertainment correspondent," she said.
The sparkly tiara has more than 482 diamonds and more than 100 pearls, and is designed to depict the symbol of Phoenix Rising, said Toyohiko Mikimoto, president of K. Mikimoto & Co. Mikimoto will complete a yearlong project to crown all the three winners for Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA.In an interview, Mikimoto said the company’s U.S. business has been standing out despite the challenging economic times.
Mikimoto, which celebrates its 110th anniversary this year, also used the event to launch its new bridal collection, which features necklaces, pendants, earrings and men’s cuff links in both silver and 18-karat gold and, of course, plenty of pearls. Prices start at about $350and range up to $15,000 for a diamond and pearl tiara. The company declined to give sales projections for the collection, which just hit stores.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)