PIAGET IN PALM BEACH: Piaget, the high-end watch and jewelry company, plans to open two stores, bringing its store count to four. The first new unit is set to open in Palm Beach, Fla., in December, while a store in Beverly Hills is slated for early...
PIAGET IN PALM BEACH: Piaget, the high-end watch and jewelry company, plans to open two stores, bringing its store count to four. The first new unit is set to open in Palm Beach, Fla., in December, while a store in Beverly Hills is slated for early 2003. The Palm Beach store will be located in the upscale hotel The Breakers, which houses eight other stores, including Polo Ralph Lauren and Steuben, while the Beverly Hills location is slated for Rodeo Drive. Piaget’s existing boutiques are on Madison Avenue in New York and in Bal Harbour, Fla.
Piaget, which just began wholesaling its jewelry, also recently hosted the David Rodriguez fashion show at its New York boutique, where it launched its new collection of pearl jewelry called Pearlissima.
JEWELRY AS ART: There are museums now for everything from food to glass, so why not one devoted to jewelry?
A group of art and jewelry industry leaders are addressing this question with a new project called the National Jewelry Institute. A cross-section of industry executives and socialites came together last week for lunch at La Caravelle to kick off the budding concept.
Judy Price, the founder of Avenue magazine, who is spearheading the project, said: "There is no museum for jewelry. The problem within the decorative arts is that people have never looked at jewelry as an art form. However, jewelry is something people aspire to and it’s a fantasy, and we all have to have fantasies. Its important to have a place for jewelry to be shown."
Ashton Hawkins, formerly executive vice president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is the chairman of the new NJI.
"The purpose of the Institute is to help create and support exhibitions of some of the most important jewelry from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries," Hawkins said. "The institute also aims to foster and support education for students of jewelry through scholarships."
The group plans to debut its first exhibit in about a year at the Museum of Folk Art, and Price said the organization is looking for a permanent home inside an art institution.
More than 140 people attended the kickoff luncheon, which also coincided with a lunch Price has every year called the Dejeuner de la Rentrée. Among the socialites attending the event were Ivana Trump, Helen Lee Schifter, Marjorie Gubelman, Kathy Hilton and Donna Hanover.
BULGARI’S TIME: Bulgari kicked off the retail launch of its new Bzero1 watch with a giant soirée recently at Studio 545, a space on West 45th Street in New York. Among the celebs on hand were model Gisele Bündchen, actress Chloë Sevigny, the rap singer Eve and ice skater Oksana Baiul. The Bzero1 watches have small round dials and are available with straps in a variety of pastel colors, with either steel or gold bezels and mother-of-pearl dials.
"This is one of our most ambitious watch launches," said Steve Shonebarger, director of wholesale operations at Bulgari. "So many companies now are offering large-size watches, so we thought it was time to show something smaller."
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty