THE LION'S SHARE: When Walt Disney Pictures' latest animated feature, "The Lion King," roars into theaters on June 24, a number of accessories lines will be following in its tracks.
The bulk of the merchandise is slated to hit stores around the same time the film bows. Among those working under Disney's licensing arm will be watchmaker Timex Corp. and jewelry firm Deja Designs.
Timex also does a Disney Cinema Classics collection that depicts longtime favorites such as Snow White and The Little Mermaid.
Deja Designs, based in New York, is tying in the movie's jungle theme with the naturals trend. Earrings, pins, chokers, pendants and bracelets are done in antique-finish gold-tone metal with wood and beads. The line will retail from $4 to $8.
Timex's line will retail from $10 to $50. The Middlebury, Conn.-based firm is projecting sales of 500,000 units to retailers by the end of this year, according to a company spokeswoman. The timepieces, which come in both children's and adults' styles, feature depictions of characters from the film -- including lion cub Simba.
Other Lion King accessories licensees include Pyramid Handbags for canvas and vinyl handbags, totes, backpacks and umbrellas; American Boy and Girl for knitted fashion hats; Fresh Caps for baseball caps, and Heyman Corp. for belts and suspenders.
LIM HONORS CAROLEE: Carolee Friedlander, owner of fashion jewelry firm Carolee Designs Inc., was the commencement speaker at the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising graduation ceremonies Friday in New York. She also received the college's Distinguished Achievement Award.
Past recipients include Susan Falk, president and chief executive officer of Henri Bendel; Marvin Traub, former chairman and chief executive officer of Bloomingdale's, and Robin Burns, president and chief executive officer of EstÄe Lauder.
LOOKING EAST: Japan is the newest area of expansion for Aya Azrielant, a gold jewelry designer based in New York.
Azrielant's company, Andin International, is working with J. Osawa & Co., an import and wholesale firm in Tokyo. The line of electroform gold jewelry, called Aya New York, was launched in 30 doors -- both department and fine jewelry stores -- in mid-May, and Azrielant was on hand to observe the reactions.Jewelry in the Aya New York line is made of hollow 18-karat gold and wholesales from about $50 to $200.
J. Osawa will sell the line in the new Aya New York showroom it has built in its executive headquarters in Tokyo.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews