NEW YORK — Accompanying last week’s accessories market was a steady stream of events, launches and soirées.
On Monday night, Israeli costume jewelry company Michal Negrin feted its new 175-square-foot boutique on the main floor at ABC Carpet & Home. Like the designer’s jewelry, the boutique has a Victorian feel with a large crystal chandelier, silk cushions and roses scattered throughout the space.
While the Israeli designer has 23 boutiques around the world, including units in Paris, Madrid and Singapore, this is her first U.S. unit. Her jewelry is sold in such specialty and department stores as Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Henri Bendel and Marshall Field’s. The unit at ABC will sell Negrin’s entire collection, from necklaces and earrings to decorative items like symbolic, crystal-adorned hands that supposedly protect the owner from bad experiences.
“We first looked in SoHo and on Madison Avenue,” said Uri Alter, president of the Apropo showroom, which handles Negrin’s wholesale business in the U.S. and also manages the boutique. “I always dreamt of an Apropo store-in-store at ABC, so this was a great opportunity.”
First-year sales projections are $1 million, added Alter.
On Tuesday evening, scattered outbreaks of torrential downpours didn’t stop some 350 revelers from crowding the Sky Studios — and its slippery wooden deck and pool area — to celebrate Swarovski’s new accessories project, “Crystal Obsession.”
The Austrian crystal firm showcased about 50 pieces, including handbags, shoes and corsets designed by the likes of Roberto Cavalli, Emanuel Ungaro, Stuart Weitzman and houses like Judith Leiber and Escada. Cavalli, for instance, designed a metallic snakeskin handbag with crystal inserts, while Weitzman’s gold sandals were covered in gold crystals.
“The whole purpose of this kind of event is to showcase the endless possibilities of crystal and inspire multiple uses and applications of it,” said Kim Krikorian, Swarovski’s marketing manager.
Krikorian admitted she has a personal favorite in the crystal-covered Motorola cell phone. “It’s become such a big part of my life that I want it to be a very glamorous accessory,” she said.
The exhibit will be staged until Aug. 21 at Swarovski’s New York Creative Service Center and also is making stops at cities around the globe.The Accessories Council, meanwhile, hosted its third annual “On the Avenue” networking event on the rooftop at Lord & Taylor on Wednesday, where about 200 retailers and industry executives came out to celebrate.
Sheila Block, executive director of the Accessories Council, said, “This event gives manufacturers and retailers a chance to get together, relax, network and enjoy each other’s company.”
L&T may be having some woes lately — the company recently said it will close 32 stores — but accessories have remained a bright spot.
“Accessories is an extremely important business for us,” Jane Elfers, president and chief executive of L&T said at the event. “There is a tremendous amount of fashion in accessories right now and it makes the store come alive.”
On Thursday, Judith Jack showed buyers and press its new line of merchandise, including a range of Art Deco and Asian-inspired looks with plenty of marcasite, a company signature.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia