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DEREON DEBUT: Beyoncé and Tina Knowles’ fashion label, House of Deréon, will exclusively outfit the members of Destiny’s Child on their new tour, “Destiny Fulfilled,” which starts this month and is to...
DEREON DEBUT: Beyoncé and Tina Knowles’ fashion label, House of Deréon, will exclusively outfit the members of Destiny’s Child on their new tour, “Destiny Fulfilled,” which starts this month and is to hit 40 cities in the U.S. and 35 cities overseas. Tina Knowles and her design team have produced 60 original ensemble costumes for her daughter, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams in luxury fabrics such as imported leathers, stretch silk, silk charmeuse, crystal mesh and silk chiffon. The costumes feature custom finishing and beading made of Swarovski crystals. The House of Deréon young contemporary sportswear collection is slated to launch in select department and specialty stores in October.
NEW FACE: Bulgari has purchased a 50 percent stake in Swiss dial manufacturer Cadrans Design S.A. Laurent Ryser, founder and head of Cadrans Design, will hold the other 50 percent of the company and continue in his role there. Cadrans, based in La Chaux-de-Fonds, will continue to supply dials to other watchmaking brands. Bulgari said in a statement that the agreement reinforces the jeweler’s relationship with Cadrans and grants the group’s three brands — Bulgari, Daniel Roth and Gerald Genta — “more efficiency in purchases and a better service to the customers by a faster production of complicated and high-end watches.” Cadrans has 28 employees and last year reported sales of about 3 million Swiss francs, or $3.6 million at current exchange rates.
MACKAY TO SAMSONITE: Quentin Mackay has joined Samsonite as global creative director, a new position. Mackay had spent three years as head designer at British handbag firm Tanner Krolle until his departure in February. He will report to chief executive officer Marcello Bottolli and help lead the brand when it relaunches lifestyle and travel accessories later this month. It will focus more on luxury and addressing customers’ travel and lifestyle needs. Adele Clark, formerly of Hussein Chalayan and Asprey, has taken over as head designer at Tanner Krolle.
BIDDING GAMES: Alliance Designers has taken to the art of acquisitions. After purchasing French fashion house Louis Féraud last February, the upstart luxury group owned by French entrepreneur Alain Dumenil has put in a bid to buy Poiray, the Paris-based jeweler that filed for the French equivalent of Chapter 11 debt protection last May. Details of the bid have not been disclosed. Meanwhile, FM Industries, a French watch and jewelry manufacturer, is said to have offered a rival bid of 6.5 million euros, or $8.5 million at current exchange. Neither company could be reached for comment. The French commercial court is expected to render a decision on Poiray’s new ownership on April 18.
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye