MAKING A SPECTACLE: The new Paul Smith eyewear line was the focus of attention at a party last week at T, a new hot spot in New York's SoHo district.
The London-based designer, as well as executives from Oliver Peoples, the firm that's producing the line under license, were on hand to show the line. It wholesales from $60 to $125 and will be distributed to specialty stores and optical retailers, as well as in all 85 Paul Smith retail units .
"I enjoyed working with metal and plastic for a change, instead of fabric," Smith said. "I've always been an admirer of racing bicycles, and was fascinated by the fact that I could use some of the same qualities they have in my spectacles."
TIFFANY'S CAPITAL GROWTH: Tiffany & Co. has just signed the lease for a new store in Chevy Chase, Md., its second in the Washington area.
The 4,500-square-foot store is on Wisconsin Avenue, adjacent to the Saks Jandel boutique. Robert Baumgardner, vice president of Tiffany's Eastern region, said an opening date has not been determined, but it could be this year.
Baumgardner said the Washington region has been strong for Tiffany's, as proven by the company's four-year-old store in Fairfax, Va. That store, he said, has set new-store sales records annually since it opened.
Baumgardner noted that the demographics of Montgomery County, which includes Chevy Chase, are almost identical to those of Fairfax County. Both, he added, are among the wealthiest regions in the country.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty