ALMOST ROYAL JEWELS: Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York and Weight Watchers spokeswoman, is now a jewelry designer. Ferguson signed with K&G Creations, the Boca Raton, Fla.-based company that created Moissanite, to design a line of jewelry incorporating the laboratory-made stones.
The first collection, called Sarah Ferguson for K&G Creations, will bow in the second quarter and will include rings, necklaces and earrings. All of Ferguson's net proceeds from the line will go to the Sarah Ferguson Foundation for Children.
She will be the spokeswoman for Moissanite jewelry and will make in-store appearances at all Finlay-operated jewelry counters within stores such as Macy's and Lord & Taylor.
CRYSTAL CLEAR: Watch companies are known for trying to outdo one another. Enter a new contender, Krieger, which recently introduced the Mysterium watch. The watch's case is made of transparent aluminum.
"We came across this material four years ago and immediately knew that we wanted to build it into a case construction," said Lance Burstyn, president and founder of the 19-year-old, Miami-based company.
Krieger will only produce about 250 Mysterium watches, which will bow at high-end watch retailers in February. Prices start at around $8,000 and can climb to more than $100,000 for a version with diamonds. A print advertising campaign for the watch, which has classified technology, is set for this spring.
"It has a great ‘wow' factor," said Burstyn. "The U.S. government even [called and] asked us how we do it."
TOP HONORS: Roberto Coin and Peter Webster of Roberto Coin SpA. and Fortunoff Fine Jewelry & Silverware Inc. president Helene Fortunoff were among the honorees at the fourth annual Gem Awards gala on Jan. 13 at New York's Cipriani 42nd Street.
Webster and Coin picked up the Excellence in Marketing Award, while Fortunoff was given a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by actress Lauren Bacall. Other honorees at the event presented by the Jewelry Information Center included NBC's Katie Couric and Pamela Fiori, editor in chief of Town & Country, for Excellence in Journalism. About 600 people attended.AMERICAN APPOINTMENT: Linda Whitehead has been named vice president of merchandising and marketing for American Essentials, the New York-based brand that produces legwear for Michael Kors and Calvin Klein, among other licenses.
Whitehead has more than 20 years of experience in the legwear market, first working as a buyer of men's and women's socks and pantyhose for Marks & Spencer and then running the women's hosiery division at Toronto-based Phantom Industries, where she cultivated the Silks brand. Whitehead's role is new for the brand. She reports to chief executive officer Jordan Lipson.
Exclusive: Nicola Formichetti is parting ways with @diesel after nearly four years. Formichetti, who served as Lady Gaga’s stylist in 2009, joined Diesel in 2013 as creative and artistic director. His first show debuted in Venice with a show held at the Venetian Arsenal. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
The polo shirt - an icon of preppy style - is roaring back into fashion in many creative guises, like this A-line polyester top from @carven, worn with @31philliplim cotton and elastane pants. Designers stretched a fashion classic into all kinds of new permutations this season. See how @mayteallende styled the preppy trend on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📸 : Kinya)
(Market Editors: @andrew_shang and @elmercer, Makeup: @amandawilsonmakeup using @fentybeauty, Hair: @gonn24, Model: @bara_holotova at @women360mgmt)
“I do like period [projects] a lot because I like creating those worlds, a world that is different from today," costume designer Mark Bridges said about the '50s British couture featured in @phantomthread. Bridges created the overall aesthetic and individual fashion looks for the film, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps. Pictured here is a gown he designed for Krieps who plays Alma – the love interest of Day-Lewis' character, Reynolds Woodcock. #wwdfashion
@prada is embracing the holiday season with a series of short movies about the art of gift-giving. "The Postman's Gifts", which was directed by American filmmaker Autumn de Wilde, focuses on the brand's signature Prada Galleria bag and features Elijah Wood as the postman. In the first two episodes, Wood's delivers the iconic bag to @emmaroberts, who plays herself as a movie star, and Sasha Frolova. #wwdfashion
“I think I never met the person while we were working,” Vicky Krieps said of Daniel Day-Lewis, who she plays the love interest of in “Phantom Thread.” Day-Lewis remained perennially in character, so much so that she feels she’s just meeting him now. “It’s interesting to see how different he is in real life to the character,” Krieps said. WWD sat down with the 34-year-old actress to talk about her new role in the period film, which brings the fifties’ gender dynamics into the mix. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@gucci has expanded its “Places” project to include six new cities. The initiative, which was first unveiled in July, aims to invite people to explore inspirational locations for the brand. On the list is the Biblioteca Angelica library in Rome pictured here. See the other five new venues on WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @massimo_listri_official)
#ad From tools to lashes, WWD rounded up wellness and beauty products guaranteed to take your skin care and makeup routines to the next level in 2018. Follow along as @laceandleatherbyelyse, @ashnfashn and @elleisalwayshere experiment with these products on their Instagram profiles and blogs. #NewYearBetterYou
Blogger @camilacoelho is one of the fastest growing beauty influencers around the world. The bilingual blogger has worked with brands like @revolve Beauty, @dior, @louisvuitton and more and has an Earned Media Value of $34,338,441, according to @tribedynamics. But Coelho isn’t the only influencer making a major impact — head to WWD.com to see the other fastest-growing influencers in six key global markets. #beautyfridays (📷: @zefashioninsider)