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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.
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
Jewelry label @alisonlou has made a name for itself with fine jewelry that speaks to the Millennial market. Now @twallz21 reports that the label is bringing those playful ideas to a new affordable line of lucite hoops with the launch of Loucite by Alison Lou. Here’s a look from the line modeled by @emrata. #wwdaccessories
@sarahjessicaparker and @gilt are teaming up on a bridal ready-to-wear line. Tomorrow, Parker will launch SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Bridal — and as part of the launch, Gilt will offer 15 exclusive styles from the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker footwear collection that were designed to complement the new line. Made out of 10 styles, the line is designed for a variety of occasions, from bridal showers to receptions. Get more details on WWD.com #wwdfashion
A grooming moment between @tanfrance and @antoni last night at the The LGBT Community Center Trailblazer Awards honoring Anna Wintour, Ricky Martin and more. See more photos at WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“It was a very surreal feeling. It wasn’t like we were in the studio together coming up with it — it’s more like he discovered it and loved it. I didn’t let myself get my hopes up, but then it happened it was very exciting,” said singer-songwriter @nombe on discovering that @pharrell would be using his song, “Cant Catch Me” on his HBO documentary series “Outpost.” The German-born singer — named Noah MacBeth — talked to WWD about feminism, using art as a platform for political expression and personal style. Read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
This season, denim is going west – in influence. Brands like @fathersdaughterla (pictured here), @tommyhilfiger Jeans, @levis and more are opting for raw, top-stitching styles. (Styled by @thealexbadia; 📷: @ryanplett)