MALE ORDER: De Beers introduced its newest collections this month, including a capsule line of men's diamond jewelry designed by British jeweler Stephen Webster.
For his first men's collection, Webster turned to a range of inspirations, from medieval weaponry to Steve McQueen's 1968 film "Bullitt." Notable pieces include the Mace and Diamond Bead pendant and the Pall Bearer ring, which resembles a miniature coffin covered in diamonds. The new women's collection, dubbed Ice and Fire, is focused on the combination of rough and cut stones.
"It's sexy and elegant at the same time," said Guy Leymarie, chief executive officer of De Beers. The collections hit De Beers stores in October.
CELEBRATING INDIE ACCESSORIES: Handbag Designer 101 and the Fashion Center Business Improvement District held the first annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards at the Museum of the City of New York last month.
The award for Best Student Made Handbag was won by Charmaine Ho of Me. The Best Handmade Handbag honor went to JP Dewberry of SoVi-Southern Vitality. The Handbag Designer 101 Audience Selected Handbag went to Julie Lazarus of Elezar, the Most Socially Responsible Handbag award was won by Maria Estrada of Ignes Handbags and the Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design went to Katherine Kwei. The Lifetime Achievement award was given to Carlos Falchi.
"I'm an independent handbags designer and the chance of being recognized is slim to none," said Emily Blumenthal, who spearheaded the effort. "We thought it would be a great way to celebrate independent designers."
A NEW TOY: Kidrobot and accessories firm Schifter + Partners signed a licensing agreement for lifestyle bags and related accessories, including handbags, tote bags, backpacks, travel bags and wallets. The collection will make its debut in the summer 2008 season.
Founded in 2002 by former filmmaker and media software developer Paul Budnitz, Kidrobot has pioneered the urban vinyl toy movement and combines the work of well-known international graffiti artists, musicians and graphic artists into collectible designer toys. Last year, Kidrobot introduced its collection of luxury apparel and streetwear, sold exclusively in Kidrobot stores in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and in Barneys New York, Colette in Paris and select specialty stores worldwide."Kidrobot is an amazingly creative brand that blends so many artistic disciplines into a kaleidoscopic, Technicolor mix of color, form and emotion," Tim Schifter, chairman and chief executive officer of Schifter + Partners, said in a statement. "It's hip-hop meets Japanese anime meets contemporary art."
FENNELL'S FLIGHTS OF FANCY: Theo Fennell is taking his jewelry into strange new territory with an exhibition that features fairy glades, graveyards — and even Quasimodo. The posh London jeweler, whose designs often lean toward the naturalistic or macabre, will stage Showoff, an exhibition of pieces in unexpected contexts. It will run from September 24-28 at 6 Burlington Gardens, in the former Museum of Mankind. "I wanted to look at a different way of displaying jewelry, which is traditionally shown on the catwalk, at a dinner, or during a polo match," said Fennell. "And I wanted the show to be entertaining and shocking."
Fennell's jewels will be displayed among dioramas — and he's even worked a life sized hunchback of Notre Dame into the display. "I know Quasimodo is an unlikely jewelry wearer, but he was a romantic creature — and he was lost in love," says Fennell. He also said the exhibition is meant to highlight the "lost" middle ground of jewelry design. "The sector has become so polarized, with great big rocks on one hand, and 'accessories decorated with diamonds' on the other. In the middle, there is crafted jewelry, pieces that people cherish, and which go on to become heirlooms."
CERAMIC SPLENDOR: For five decades, the Rado watch brand has been known as a pioneer in technology and design. This fall, the brand celebrates its anniversary with the updated Ceramica by Rado, restyled by Jasper Morrison, a visionary in his own field of art and design.
The watches will hit retail in October at $4,900. They come in five tones and variations, from white to pink gold. Only one of each of the five styles will be available in the U.S., and 10 of each style will be sold worldwide.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)