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.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)