WJA AWARDS: Sybil Yurman, president and chief marketing officer of David Yurman, will receive the 2008 Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement honor at the Women's Jewelry Association's 25th Annual Awards for Excellence gala on July 28.
"Sybil Yurman is an extraordinary businesswoman, a visionary and a risk taker, who, by her example, has been an inspiration to so many women in our industry," WJA president Ann Arnold said in a statement.
Steven Kaiser, president and chief executive officer of Kaiser Time, will be given the Ben Kaiser Award. "Steven's generosity to WJA and the industry, like his father's, has been exemplary," Arnold added.
HELP IN A HANDBAG: Casting director Amanda Mackey has all the right celebrity connections, but she never thought they would land her in Africa.
But, after casting Ethiopian model Liya Kebede in "The Good Shepard," Mackey confided in Kebede that she wanted to help developing nations. Kebede suggested visiting women she knew who had a factory in her home country and were looking for work. Mackey and her daughter, Nicola Johnson, traveled to Ethiopia to meet local artisans and discovered true talent.
"We didn't think they were so capable and then we saw what they could do," Johnson said.
A few months later, Mackey and Johnson launched Naea, a handbag line with a name based on a combination of Amharic words, meaning "come on" or "let's go."
With two slouched styles so far — a handwoven jacquard print for $250 and a raw silk piece retailing for $450 — Naea is available exclusively at Barney's New York. As for mom and daughter, they want the company to get as big as possible, if for no other reason than to continue to support the women on a continent so far from home.
"I didn't know I'd get so involved in Africa," Johnson said. "But I really love it."
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