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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.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews