In Brief: Children’s Charity … Design Bonanza … Amazon’s Bebe
CHILDREN’S CHARITY: Bloomingdale’s luncheon April 13 for 150 people and a handful of top designers raised $67,000 to support research at the New York University Child Study Center. The amount included 10 percent of...
CHILDREN’S CHARITY: Bloomingdale’s luncheon April 13 for 150 people and a handful of top designers raised $67,000 to support research at the New York University Child Study Center. The amount included 10 percent of designer collection sales on the day, and 15 percent of the revenues from a weeklong Lambertson Truex trunk show at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street store. “Research is the only way to make a difference,” said Brooke Garber Neidich, the center’s board chairman. Added Dr. Harold Koplewicz, director of the Child Study Center: “Ten million children have psychiatric problems, and only one out of five get help.”
DESIGN BONANZA: When this year’s National Design Awards are handed out on Oct. 27, the creative-minded will have three new categories — interior design, design mind and landscape architecture — to compete in. That brings the total number of awards to 10. In recent years, the event’s organizer, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, has made a concerted effort to bring design to the masses by broadening the types of awards and encouraging winners and nominees to get involved with its educational programs that reach people of all ages. In June, the winners of the Lifetime Achievement, Corporate Achievement and Design Mind awards will be announced as well as the three finalists for the awards for Architecture, Communications, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Product and Fashion. Winners for those six awards, as well as this year’s design patron, will be revealed at the Oct. 27 gala at the museum’s Fifth Avenue digs, a handsome building Andrew Carnegie once lived in on 91st Street.
AMAZON’S BEBE: Amazon has added Bebe to its growing list of fashion clients for Web site services, the two companies said Monday. Amazon Services Inc., a subsidiary of Amazon.com Inc., will build a new online store for Bebe and handle fulfillment and multichannel call operations for the company. Bebe Stores Inc. will manage and update the content of the Web site. The fashion retailer turned to Amazon because its direct sales grew 95 percent in the third quarter, according to the Brisbane, Calif.-based Bebe. “With this agreement, we realize world class scalable operations to support the growth of our direct initiatives and can continue to focus on building and extending our brand,” said Barbara Wamback, Bebe’s chief administrative officer, in a prepared statement. Bebe operates 209 stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada under the names Bebe and Bebe Sport. Amazon recently said that it is doing Web sites for Marks & Spencer and Diane von Furstenberg.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)