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.
“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)