GINIA'S ALONE: The New York Times is sending in its jayvee team. Ginia Bellafante, its fashion reporter, will be flying solo at the couture this season since the paper's fashion critic, Cathy Horyn, is on leave writing Bill Blass's memoir....
GINIA'S ALONE: The New York Times is sending in its jayvee team. Ginia Bellafante, its fashion reporter, will be flying solo at the couture this season since the paper's fashion critic, Cathy Horyn, is on leave writing Bill Blass's memoir. It's Bellafante's first time at the couture. Bellafante is atwitter -- "especially with all the YSL goings-on. I'm looking forward to writing about that."
PHONE FETISH: Is luxury dead? Not according to Nokia. Word has it that the communications giant has a new subsidiary, Vertu, that will produce the ultimate in indulgent gadgetry. Sources say the company's new product will be the Patek Phillippe of cell phones -- in other words, one that could come with a four-figure or higher price tag. While details are still being finalized, the phone's materials -- and service -- will have a decidedly haute feel. As for where and when to launch such a tony delight -- why, the City of Light during couture, of course. Vertu is planning an artsy fete at the Musee d'Arte Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
MASTHEAD MOVES: Andrea Rosengarten has been named editor of Jane. But Jane Pratt isn't going anywhere, despite market reports to the contrary. She remains editor in chief of the title, and Rosengarten reports to her.
Most recently, Rosengarten served as executive editor/managing editor of Jane, having joined the publication at its inception in 1997. She'll continue as managing editor. Meanwhile, the old guard continues to leave Harper's Bazaar. Melissa Ceria, fashion writer at the magazine for the past 2 1/2 years, resigned Thursday to pursue a freelance career and spend more time with her young son. "I want to branch out and write about different subjects," she said. Earlier, Ceria was Eye editor at Women's Wear Daily.
SLAM DUNK? Move over, Oprah. Michael Jordan will have his own magazine. A new lifestyle magazine called Jordan will be published jointly by Nike Inc. and Hearst Custom Publishing. The editor is Selwyn Hines, formerly of The Source. The magazine, which will carry ads from a variety of advertisers, will be geared to the 16-to-21-year-old male and will focus on urban culture, music, sports and fashion. Jordan plans to write a letter in every issue.The magazine will be unveiled in Philadelphia during the NBA All-Star Weekend Feb. 8-10 and will debut on newsstands across the country on Feb. 12. Some 300,000 copies are being printed.The premiere issue will contain 116 pages and will have an initial print run of 300,000 copies. A second issue is planned for July 2002, and four issues will be published in 2003. The cover price is $3.50.
CROSS JOINS BURBERRY: John Cross has joined Burberry as director of public relations (U.S.), a new post. Most recently, he was public relations manager at Prada in New York and previously worked for the Gap and Polo Ralph Lauren.
Cross, who is based in New York, will be responsible for Burberry press relations in the U.S. Burberry will continue to work with Harriet Weintraub, who will be the external p.r. agency for special projects and events. Cross reports to Eugenia Ulasewicz, president of Burberry USA, and Sarah Manley, director of public relations (worldwide), who is based in London.
DIFFICULT DECEMBER: Publishers have been singing the blues for good reason. December's final tally is out, and it proved to be a tough month across the board for all ad categories. The apparel-accessories and toiletries-cosmetics categories were particularly hard hit.
Apparel and accessories ad pages plunged 19.1 percent to 2,190.6 in December, while toiletries and cosmetics ad pages declined 23.8 percent to 1,184, according to Publishers Information Bureau.
For the year, apparel and accessories ad pages dropped 5.8 percent to 25,042.5. But it wasn't all bad news: The toiletries and cosmetics category finished the year up 6.1 percent in ad pages to 16,695.8.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)