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Stephen Webster, the British fine jeweler known for putting his Gothic, gem-drenched wares on customers like Madonna, Elizabeth Hurley and Gwyneth Paltrow, is preparing to launch a men's collection with De Beers.
A TANGLED WEB: Stephen Webster, the British fine jeweler known for putting his Gothic, gem-drenched wares on customers like Madonna, Elizabeth Hurley and Gwyneth Paltrow, is preparing to launch a men's collection with De Beers.
A De Beers spokeswoman was mum on details of the collection, which will bow in June. Last summer, there was speculation that Webster would replace Jade Jagger as creative director of another British jewelry brand, Garrard. However, billionaire Ron Burkle, founder of Yucaipa Cos., who attended some New York runway shows in February, is said to have eyed Webster's eponymous company recently.
PROJECT HEIDI: Heidi Klum literally made a splash introducing her second jewelry collection for QVC last Friday at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Klum fell into the pool, but, like a well-trained contestant on "Germany's Next Top Model," still managed to pose with a group of male models and show off her earrings.
In the newest 19-piece collection, Klum builds on the clover motif that brought her success in the first collection. It sold out on QVC in 36 minutes. She has, however, added smoky quartz, amethyst and pearls to the latest jewelry. Prices range from $22 to $185.
In addition to her hosting work on "Germany's Next Top Model" and "Project Runway," Klum will appear on QVC on Saturday and again on July 5. For those wishing to follow in her supermodel footsteps, Klum said "confidence and a great makeup artist" are the keys to staying beautiful while wet.
DEVI DOTCOM: Accessories company Devi Kroell is to relaunch its e-commerce Web site today. The accessories brand has had an online business intact for the last two years, but the updated version is fully loaded with all of Kroell's exotic-skin handbags, shoes and small leather goods, and they're presented with a high-end aesthetic like that of her company.
"If you look at the old Web site, it's not the same standard," said Devi Kroell, president, chief executive officer and creative director of the eponymous label. "It was something more like what a small company does online. We've never invested in it that massively, as we didn't expect people to shop that way."But Kroell underestimated the power of the Web; her online business jumped 500 percent in the last year. Initially, Kroell was stunned that customers were paying an average of $1,400 to $2,800 for one of her pieces that they couldn't see or touch, but about 20 percent of her total revenue is now Web-based. Kroell has also tightly controlled her online business — she won't sell on any site but her own, even though her items are available in Barney's New York, Jeffrey, Ikram in Chicago and luxury retailers around the world.
"I want to control the way my customer receives the purchase, which is the whole idea of a luxury experience," said Kroell. "I would like to really give our customer the adequate shopping experience they deserve."
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)