NEW YORK — Not to be outdone by the fashion contingent, jewelry makers and accessories designers have been making a splash around town during the spring show season with their own events.
Swarovski’s Runway Rocks event on Wednesday night, for example, answered the question of how to show intricately detailed jewelry on a runway by displaying big, over-the-top showstopping pieces. Swarovski had enlisted 19 jewelry and clothing designers to make pieces using the firm’s signature gems, and the results included the likes of Aude Lechere’s crystal necklace, arm bracelet and rings; Faraone Mennella’s twisted chain link and crystal necklace, and Peter Som’s crystal and pearl mesh bolero. Nadja Swarovski said of the event, “We wanted to stimulate the jewelry industry to demonstrate the creative power of crystals.” Mission accomplished.
On the fine jewelry front, both Seaman Schepps and Tiffany & Co. held events in honor of literary efforts. To fete its 100th anniversary and a new book, “Seaman Schepps: A Century of New York Jewelry Design,” the venerable jewelry house debuted an exhibit at the Museum of Arts & Design. Guests wandered through the pedestal installation that held 200 pieces of jewelry, along with Schepps’ original sketches and even handwritten notes from clients. It will be on display through Jan. 2.
Meanwhile, on Thursday night, Tiffany did a benefit for the New York Public Library, an event featuring authors such as John Loring (“Greetings from Andy”) and Candace Bushnell, which was attended by Dominick Dunne and Mary McFadden. Table settings by the writers themselves were displayed. Perhaps not surprisingly, Ms. “Sex and the City”’s was littered with Tiffany boxes, Louis Vuitton trunks, and Manolo Blahniks.
Designers Rafé Totengco and Kate Spade each debuted higher-end collections this week. Totengco threw a cocktail party in his store on Thursday evening, where guests saw his spring collection, which included candy-colored strappy platforms, print bags and metallic shoes. Kate Spade hosted her delightful breakfast again this season. Her new collection featured shiny gold hardware, candy colors and her signature basket bags, including a spiffy one for a bike.Elsewhere, at Henry Beguelin, artisan Giorgio Testi demonstrated the craft of making leather goods in the firm’s office in the Meatpacking District. Along with the firm’s signature wovens, beading and studs, this season, Beguelin showed platform wedges and butterfly-patterned pieces.
On Sunday afternoon, Lambertson Truex had a cocktail party in the company’s sunny Chelsea showroom. Richard Lambertson and John Truex were clearly thinking of color, since the room was awash in every hue of the rainbow in bags, totes, sandals, belts and, surprisingly, gloves. “We deliver in October, so I thought why not a pair of pink leather driving gloves,” said Truex. “It’s still cold.” On Monday morning, Georgina Goodman showed her collection at a breakfast at Soho House. Along with her signature woven shoes produced in Spain, Goodman showed a “demi-couture” line handmade in Italy for the first time. The shoes featured intricate piecework, hand-painted stripes and charms. There were also slouchy bags and belts with details in brass and wood, enamel and stone beads.
Finally, on Tuesday, the luxury watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre launched its new women’s timepiece, Idéale, at the Bryant Park Hotel. The watch is set with 24 diamonds and is offered with crocodile, gold and platinum straps. Retailing for approximately $3,500, the slim piece is intended to attract a new young customer.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)