In Brief: Surfing the Wrist … Express to Stardom … A Relative Yawn …
SURFING THE WRIST: Fossil Inc. is taking timepieces to the next level with the introduction this week of watches incorporating Microsoft’s smart personal objects technology (SPOT). The watches provide wearers with personalized Internet...
SURFING THE WRIST: Fossil Inc. is taking timepieces to the next level with the introduction this week of watches incorporating Microsoft’s smart personal objects technology (SPOT). The watches provide wearers with personalized Internet information, including news, weather and stock quotes. The timepieces will be available this fall under three brands: the core Fossil brand; Abacus, a new tech brand targeting the electronics channel, and Philippe Starck with Fossil, a collection of watches designed jointly by Starck and Fossil. Pricing is still being determined, Fossil said Thursday. Watch manufacturers Citizen and Suunto are also planning to introduce watches with SPOT technology.
EXPRESS TO STARDOM: Express, a division of Limited Brands, will become the exclusive fashion sponsor of Project Greenlight, which gives aspiring screenwriters and directors an opportunity to win a $1 million production budget and the chance to see their movie made, as well as be the subject of an HBO documentary series chronicling the challenges of first-time filmmakers. The winning screenwriter and director will work with executive producers Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore and Miramax Films. More than 100,000 aspiring writers and directors have entered the contest. Express will host a party Jan. 18 announcing the winners during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, at Harry O’s. The company will provide a wardrobe for the winners and costumes for their screenplay. Project Greenlight is presented by Blockbuster Inc.
A RELATIVE YAWN: Consumers intend to buy less apparel in 2003 than at any point since December 2001, according to data released Thursday by Cambridge, Mass.-based STS Market Research. Only 56 percent of women and 33 percent of men polled this month, in a panel of 10,000 consumers, ages 13 and up, said they plan to buy clothes in the next 30 days. That response compares with previous lows, reached in January 2002, when 59 percent of women and 46 percent of men said they would do so. Women’s intent to buy apparel in a 30-day period sank to 59 percent last July as well, STS found. While acknowledging that some of the weakness is seasonal, Art Spar, chairman and chief executive of STS, said the downdraft primarily reflects an "ongoing deterioration" of consumer spending on apparel. Last month, for instance, 71 percent of women surveyed said they aimed to buy apparel in the next 30 days, down from 80 percent in December 2001, while 58 percent of men expressed plans to buy clothing in that period, down from 69 percent.
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