BETSEY'S NEW BAUBLES: Miriam Haskell, a New York-based fashion jewelry company, has signed a licensing agreement to create Betsey Johnson jewelry.
The collection will be launched during November market and is expected to be available in spring 2006 in 200 to 250 doors. The styles, true to Johnson's whimsical and bright aesthetic, will retail from $25 to $150.
Miriam Haskell also has a license with JLo and recently inked a deal with ornament maker Christopher Radko to produce Christmas-inspired jewelry, which ships to stores in September. Haskell projects the Radko line to generate $2.5 million this year.
VELOCITY GIRL: Superleggera was an Italian automobile touring club from the Fifties that constructed ultralight car bodies for many of the most prestigious brands. Now, it is the namesake of Chanel's new J12 Superleggera watch.
The timepiece has high-tech Swiss movements, weight-reducing aluminum details, a dual chronometer and a built-in tachometer that allows speed to be calculated in kilometers per hour.
Just as many women as men were ogling the new watch, which arrives in Chanel stores and select boutiques this October and retails for $6,100, at the June 16 party cohosted by Vitals that celebrated its launch. The party brought together 160 guests in a West Village loft in Manhattan that was no mere event space. This loft was transformed into a chic bachelor pad, with accents of black, white and gray, a full bar and, of course, a sleek motorcycle parked casually in the corner.
ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT: Mark Talucci and Todd Elliott, co-founders of the San Francisco-based handbag brand The Sak, last week were given professional services provider Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award for retail and consumer products in Northern California.
"As a company, we have never entered something like this before," said Talucci. "But [Ernst & Young works] on our books and accounting, and encouraged us to go for it. It's nice to be recognized as a viable business in the business community, even though we're in the world of fashion."
The Sak was the only fashion brand invited by Ernst & Young to compete for the award, and the company was chosen from among some 65 competitors. Winners, which were announced in nine other categories, including lifetime achievement and realizing business potential, will be entered in a competition for overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, to be announced this fall.PEARL GIRLS: The women of the Central Park Conservancy gathered at the Mikimoto boutique in New York on Tuesday in honor of the Tree Trust of the Women's Committee. Present at the event were Gail Hilson, Cathy Ingram, Audrey Gruss and committee president Karen Lefrak.
Mikimoto, which featured store window displays showcasing pearl jewelry among miniature benches and a bird's nest, announced its donation of a tree in Central Park in honor of the night's guests. The company also introduced the Tree of Life brooch, made of gold branches and pearl leaves; 15 percent of its sales will benefit the Tree Trust.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion