GHURKA’S NEW PRESIDENT: David Didio has joined leather goods firm Ghurka as president, a new post. Didio will be in charge of Ghurka’s domestic business and global development.
Most recently, Didio was senior vice president of global merchandising for men’s and women’s shoes and accessories at Donna Karan. At Ghurka, he will report to Abe Chehebar, chairman and chief executive officer, who also is chairman and ceo of Accessory Network Group.
“We now have a strong and experienced team in place, ready to develop and grow the Ghurka brand and make its quality and craftsmanship known to a larger audience,” Chehebar said.
Vergier Holdings LLC, a holdings company started by Chehebar last year, acquired Norwalk, Conn.-based leather goods firm Ghurka for an undisclosed sum in March.
STERN APPEAL: This fall’s new H. Stern ad campaign was created to depict a woman’s intimate relationship with her jewelry.
The ads feature Brazilian model Leticia Birkeruer set against a golden brown background. In one shot, Birkeruer holds her 18-karat yellow gold chandelier earrings set with pink tourmalines as if she has just taken them off, yet the shadow of them remains on her neck. In another, she has pulled off a bold diamond ring, but its sparkle stays on her finger. This optical illusion was added to convey the idea that jewelry stays with a woman even when she isn’t wearing it. Each shot features the tag line “A Part of You.”
The campaign was created by Sophie Guyon, creative director at TBWA/Paris, and photographed by Christopher Micaud.
H. Stern’s fourth-quarter media buy is $1 million for the U.S. Its campaign will break this fall in such titles as Vogue, W, W Jewelry, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle.
SOAP BAUBLES: Actress Finola Hughes and fashion label House of Field are the latest to try their hand in jewelry. At the JA New York Summer Show, which started its four-day run at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Sunday, Hughes, who plays Anna Devane on ABC’s “All My Children” and Patricia Field’s label are each launching a jewelry line, in conjunction with jeweler Sol Rafael.“We met Finola at the House of Field fashion show in February,” Rafael said. “We gave her some jewelry to wear to the shows and she then took us to “All My Children,” where we dressed a couple of people. We then approached Finola to get her ideas.”
Hughes and House of Field designer David Dalrymple are scheduled to make a personal appearance at the show today. Rafael said the Finola Hughes collection features 18-karat gold and platinum pieces, and square-, emerald- and round-cut diamonds.
House of Field, meanwhile, will include more “rock pieces,” he said, with 18-karat gold and diamond earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Price points were not confirmed at press time and Rafael declined to give sales projections for the lines, but said they will target distribution to upscale department and specialty stores.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)