SWAROVSKI DONATION: Swarovski made its mark at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, Calif., recently when it placed the world's largest illuminated crystal octahedron, weighing one ton, atop the tower at the entrance of GIA's...
SWAROVSKI DONATION: Swarovski made its mark at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, Calif., recently when it placed the world's largest illuminated crystal octahedron, weighing one ton, atop the tower at the entrance of GIA's headquarters. "It will be like a great diamond in the sky," said Nadja Swarovski, who dedicated the Tower of Brilliance, which took craftsmen at the company’s headquarters in Wattens, Austria, over two years to complete. Swarovski also gave the institute more than $1 million to further gem research and education.
LEIBER IN A CLICK: Accessories firm Judith Leiber has launched its first Web site, judithleiber.com. The informational site features the history of the brand, red-carpet moments and special Web pages showcasing minaudières, day bags, evening bags, shoes and eyewear. Visitors can also read about how the bags are made and where to buy them. "This will allow those customers who are new to Judith Leiber to fully understand what the brand stands for," said Victor Lipko, Judith Leiber’s chief executive officer.
In addition, the site has information about the company’s new collector’s club. Twice a year, the company will offer special bags to club members. "We see this is as another tool to maintain an informative dialog with our current and future customers both nationally and internationally," said Lipko. "At a later stage, we also plan to provide links to our retail partners in different markets so that the Web site becomes a more effective sales and marketing vehicle." The site, which was created by design company Dillon/Thompson, is not equipped for e-commerce transactions.
HARTMANN ANNIVERSARY: Luggage and accessories firm Hartmann Inc. recently celebrated its 125th anniversary with a big to-do at Bloomingdale’s in New York, featuring celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch and an exhibition of some of its vintage styles. The Lebanon, Tenn.-based firm showed classic pieces from the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies, as well as some current styles. Among the items were a 1935 Pathfinder wardrobe trunk used by actor Jimmy Stewart, and the 1886 honeymoon trunk of first lady Frances Cleveland, wife of President Grover Cleveland.
"The evolution of Hartmann’s products illustrate the transformation of travel in the U.S., as well as abroad, over the past 125 years," said David Herman, president of Hartmann. In addition to luggage, the firm now makes business cases, accessories and personal leather goods.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia