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.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)