THE AWARD GOES TO: More than 550 jewelry industry figures attended the Women's Jewelry Association's 24th annual Awards for Excellence Gala at Pier 60 in Manhattan last month.
Awards went to Paula Crevoshay, president of Mellika Co., for designer of fine jewelry and watches; Eve Goldberg, vice president of William Goldberg, for manufacturer/dealer/supplier of fine jewelry, gemstones, metals and watches; Tryna Kochanek, senior vice president of Sterling Jewelers, for retailer with more than 15 stores; Susan Eisen of Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry and Watches, for retailer with fewer than 15 stores; Janet Goldman, chief executive officer of Fragments, for sales; Diane Warga-Arias, educationalist and business consultant for DWA Communications, for marketing and communications; Kathleen Fitzpatrick, jewelry editor for Veranda, for editorial/reporting/publishing, and Susan Elliott, dean of students for the Gemological Institute of America, for special services.
TIMES, THEY ARE A CHANGIN': Casio Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., has changed its name to Casio America Inc. The name change follows the company's 50th anniversary celebrated in June. Casio has evolved from manufacturing some of the world's first calculators to developing digital watches, electronic musical instruments and digital cameras.
"Casio America Inc. clearly demonstrates Casio's position as an innovative global company with many subsidiaries in the world," John F. Homlish, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Casio America Inc., said in a statement. "We want our company name to articulate the responsible sales activity area and we feel that the sales sector will be better understood under one all-encompassing name."
WARIS HITS LONDON: "I've given up on the idea of separating church and state," jeweler and actor Waris Ahluwalia said of his dual career at London's Dover Street Market last month, where he hand-delivered his latest fine jewelry collection from the House of Waris line.
Ahluwalia created the pieces — which include crystal, ebony and rose quartz stones set in pendants, chains and earrings, all covered in a fine netting of 18-karat gold — between shooting "The Darjeeling Limited" with director Wes Anderson in Jodhpur, India. During the shoot, the designer would hot-step to his workshop in Jaipur to perfect the pieces. He first spotted the bright orange carnelian, one of the stones used in the collection, in the brickwork of the Taj Mahal."I thought, 'If it's good enough for the Taj Mahal...,'" Ahluwalia said, grinning. "It's got a bizarre, supernatural glow. It pulls me in."
Meanwhile, he said that he also planned a visit to London's National Portrait Gallery, where a portrait of him by artist Sandro Kopp hangs. The work was a winner of the gallery's BP Portrait Award.
"I love working with amazing craftsmen," said Ahluwalia, who added that he takes the same approach to his own collection, which is produced by hand in workshops in India and Rome. "The process is as important as the product."
Ahluwalia said he plans to open his own stores in New York and Tokyo.
"It takes a day and half to make one of these necklaces," he said. "It's luxury because of that time and care."
HIPPIE HANDBAGS: Paris-born graffiti artist Gilles Jourdan has created a limited edition spring handbag collection for The Sak. The collaboration marks the 13-year-old brand's renewed effort to reach out to hip, fashion-forward customers through Jourdan's colorful designs.
"We really liked his use of color and print, it's like Filmore in the Sixties," said Mark Talucci, ceo and founder of The Sak. "We are a San Francisco-based company and our heritage is important to us. The Sak is a free-spirited product and Jourdan's identity is a perfect collaboration."
The collection, featuring satchels, hobos and shoppers, will wholesale from $40 to $75 at department stores such as Macy's and Dillard's.
BERYLL'S NEW HOME: Beryll christened a new Southern California headquarters late last month by throwing a party to mark the sunglass company's move from Vienna.
"The L.A. style fits well with our image, and L.A. has become more important for fashion," said Sigmar Berg, ceo and designer.
Berg said he created the gleaming white space in Santa Monica staying true to his "reduced to the max" ethic. A capsule collection of unisex jewelry and sunglasses, about 1,500 of which are produced in each style, are displayed in a white case at the center. The display is accompanied by pictures of celebrities, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt among them, wearing Beryll.Next up is a line of vintage-inspired belts set to hit stores this year. Berg estimated that sales in the U.S., around 5 percent of the company's total, would increase to 30 to 35 percent in a year. Beryll sunglasses, which cost $250 to $400 in stores, are available at Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Selfridges, Lane Crawford and Holt Renfrew.
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)