Findings: A Nice Ring To it…Tiffany’s Fashion Moments…Stepping Out
A NICE RING TO IT: Chloé has its hands full with its handbag business these days. Creative director Phoebe Philo scored an instant hit when she showed handbags along with her first collection for spring 2002: the bracelet...
A NICE RING TO IT: Chloé has its hands full with its handbag business these days. Creative director Phoebe Philo scored an instant hit when she showed handbags along with her first collection for spring 2002: the bracelet bag.
Chloé declined to disclose unit sales to date, but said its sell-throughs have been above 85 percent in some stores. Retail prices range from $840 to $1,200. Just wrapping up sales for spring 2004, Chloé president Ralph Toledano said handbags are tracked to account for more than 25 percent of sales, “which is a lot since we are coming from zero,” he noted.
Toledano attributed the rapid success to Philo’s ability to closely link the spirit of the Chloé ready-to-wear and accessories. Chloé initially sold the handbags only to its ready-to-wear clients, but for spring 2004 will expand its distribution to include accessory-only corners, for a total of about 250 points of sale worldwide. One corner recently opened in the Printemps flagship on Boulevard Hausmann, and others are planned for Galeries Lafayette in Paris and Harrods and Harvey Nichols in London.
Toledano said the line has also been expanded with entry-level, logo-driven bags in canvas, to help it expand in the department store channel. Prices for these range from $470 to $615. Top-booking styles for spring include Philo’s “camera” bag in metallic leather, her banana-shaped “hobo” in metal mesh and a new beaded version of the bracelet.
TIFFANY’S FASHION MOMENTS: Tiffany & Co. design director John Loring’s newest book, “Tiffany in Fashion: A Study of American Fashion and Fashion Photography” (Harry N. Abrams Inc.) is a tribute to the last 70 years in American fashion — and the venerable Fifth Avenue jeweler’s part in the evolution.
It features about 250 images of Tiffany jewels on celebrities and models like Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Jean Shrimpton, Lauren Hutton and Brooke Shields, shot by the likes of Edward Steichen, Horst, Chris von Wangenheim, Richard Avedon and Herb Ritts. The 272 pages are peppered with quotes from legendary fashion editors Edna Woolman Chase, Carmel Snow and Diana Vreeland, and James Galanos and the late Eleanor Lambert wrote the introduction.“Tiffany in Fashion” is Loring’s 15th book and will be published this month.
STEPPING OUT: Eugenia Kim is known for her madcap cloches and fedoras, and now the downtown milliner can add cobbler to her résumé.
Kim just launched a 12-piece shoe collection for spring that follows a whimsical approach similar to her hats. For instance, some stiletto tips are designed to resemble a cartoon-like dog or cat motif, D’Orsay pumps feature cigarette-like snakeskin heels, and one style has the words from a Jack Kerouac poem — “Bee, why are you staring at me, I am not a flower” — geometrically embroidered from the left to the right of each shoe.
Retail prices range from $295 for leather Mondrian-style mules and slides to $425 for round-toe patent kitten heel shoes. Kim plans to sell the collection to specialty stores nationwide, and first- year sales projections are approximately $1 million.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
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