PROMISE FOR AID: Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet has teamed up with Estée Lauder and TV host Colin Cowie this month to kick-start a campaign to raise money for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The partnership coincides with the launch of Audemars Piguet’s new Promesse collection of women’s watches.
"We have made a pledge to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation because we know how precious time is in this battle….it means saving lives," said François-Henry Bennahmias, president of Audemars Piguet North America.
The companies will host 10 galas starting in Los Angeles on Oct. 17, followed by New York on Nov. 21. There, the company will showcase the new watches, Estée Lauder powder compacts and handbags designed by Cowie. The goal is to raise $1.5 million for the foundation.
The Promesse watches are priced to retail from $5,900 to $49,500, and will ship to specialty and fine jewelry and watch stores next month.
NEW TECHNO CHIEF: Swiss watch firm TechnoMarine has appointed Aldo Magada to the post of executive vice president. Magada most recently has been chief executive officer of Gucci Timepieces.
Magada will oversee the expansion of global marketing programs for the TechnoMarine and TechnoSport brands and the introduction of TechnoMarine’s first jewelry collection next month.
GOING FUR COUTURE: When Timothy Schifter, LeSportsac’s president and chief executive officer, was seated next to Gilles Mendel, J. Mendel’s designer, at the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards last year, they discovered they had a lot of respect for each other’s work. A couple of martinis later, the duo cooked up "J. Mendel for LeSportsac Couture," a new collection of handbags that combine LeSportsac’s sporty elements, like ripstop nylon and grosgrain logo, with J. Mendel’s luxurious furs.
"It’s a modern take on luxury," said Schifter. "I always like contrasts, and ripstop nylon and fur was about as stark a contrast as I could imagine."
The four styles feature sheered mink and long-haired fox, in black, oyster and brown. The line will launch at Lesportsac’s Madison Avenue store in Manhattan and Beverly Center unit in Beverly Hills, and at Bergdorf Goodman in New York next month. The line retails from $440 for a fox pom-pom evening bag to $1,260 for an oversized Fox hobo bag."The concept is not designer specific," said Schifter, who didn’t disclose sales projections. "It is a fun platform to do some over-the-top, limited-edition Lesportsac handbags."
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye