MORRIS ON THE MOVE: Although he closed his Artwear store and gallery this month, Robert Lee Morris plans to continue promoting accessories industry talent.
"A lot of people in the industry have had a very difficult time coming to terms with the closing and, ultimately, I ended up giving everyone a pep talk and telling them that it was a positive step for me," said Morris, who had operated Artwear -- a venue for up-and-coming jewelry designers -- from 1977 until its closing, Jan. 9.
Morris continues to operate his signature New York boutique at 409 West Broadway, near the Artwear site, and has projects such as accessories licensing agreements on his agenda. But he is also staying involved in boosting public awareness of accessories designers, this time in a project for the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Morris is producing the CFDA's first accessories resource book, a guide that will include information and merchandise shots from the 40 accessories members of the organization, who are funding the book.
"We're hoping something like this will bring national awareness to some of the real hidden talents we have in the CFDA, accessories designers who may not have such high profiles outside New York," said Morris.
Morris credited handbag designer Carlos Falchi as being instrumental in coordinating activities such as the book and also an accessories trend presentation that will be shown April 10 at the Josephine Pavilion in Bryant Park as part of the New York fall collections.
"Carlos is one of the members who has always been active in rallying the efforts of the accessories designers," Morris explained. "When the idea for the resource book came up, I kind of got recruited."
WINNING WAYS: Two trendsetting designers, Isaac Mizrahi and Judith Leiber, are receiving much recognition this year as leaders in the accessories field.
Mizrahi is being lauded for his footwear by the Italian Trade Commission and the Italian Footwear Manufacturers Association, which have jointly named him the designer recipient of the 1994 Michelangelo Shoe Award. The sportswear designer is relatively new to footwear, having launched his line only last November.Mizrahi, along with such award-winners as dancer and choreographer Tommy Tune, will be feted at the Michelangelo Awards ceremony Feb. 1 at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In November, Leiber will be recognized by the Fashion Institute of Technology, which will present a 30-year retrospective of her designs. Some of the nearly 3,000 designs she created during her three decades in business will be on view."To be able to see many of these favorites together should be fun," she said. As reported, Leiber will also receive the CFDA's Lifetime Achievement Award at that organization's annual gala next month in New York. "I've been lucky to have received honors from other organizations in the past," Leiber said. "But the CFDA's Lifetime Achievement Award is very special."
Leiber had pulled out of the CFDA in 1992, the year Karl Lagerfeld was given the accessories award for his Chanel collections. At that time, she said she felt the organization didn't do enough to recognize American accessories designers. She has since rejoined the CFDA, but declined to say exactly when she did so.
OROTON SELECTS SOMERS: Oroton U.S., a division of Australian handbag firm Oroton International, has named Steven Somers president and chief executive officer.
Somers started with the company, which has its U.S. headquarters in New York, on Friday. The post of president had been vacant for more than a year, and Stephen Callister, managing director of the parent company, had been overseeing U.S. operations.
Somers was group vice president of Crazy Horse and Villager, both divisions of Liz Claiborne. Prior to that, he had been at Federated Department Stores for 18 years, and held several posts including chairman and ceo of I. Magnin, before leaving in 1987.
Oroton's 1993 worldwide volume for the fiscal year that ended last June came to about $75 million. It is the licensee for the Anne Klein, Oscar de la Renta and Pringle of Scotland handbag lines, and also produces its own Oroton, Fiorelli and Ken Done brands.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
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)