Caroline Weller has spent the bulk of her design career working corporate gigs in New York — Calvin Klein, Club Monaco, J. Crew, Express and, most recently, Armani Exchange, where she was senior vice president of women’s design. Her career took a sharp left when a consulting opportunity relocated Weller to Jaipur, India, where she was able to “become the true gypsy I’ve always dreamed of.”
A gypsy of the jet set, if you will, since Weller and her husband have homes in her native England, plus France and Switzerland. Adding India to the mix pushed Weller to launch Banjanan — derived from the Hindi word for gypsy — a collection of travel-ready gear inspired and produced by local artisans in Jaipur. “Necessity breeds invention, or in my case it bred creativity,” said Weller. “I needed a whole new wardrobe to embark on this lifestyle, and I really wanted to produce a clothing line that did two things: be incredibly stylish and glamorous but also at the same time very down to earth that you can wear with a real ease. I also wanted it to be incredibly packable, things that you can roll up in a suitcase and were of excellent quality, and that you can wear to different occasions like a lunch on the beach and also out to dinner.”
The Banjanan caftans, maxidresses, tunics and pajamalike pants are made of silk and cotton, trimmed in embroideries and done with hand-blocked prints according to local traditions, resulting in a bohemian look. Designed to be seasonless, the collection is currently in Barneys New York, Aerin Lauder’s Southampton, N.Y., store and on indiahicks.com. Prices range from $34 to $250, wholesale.
@juicebeauty, where @gwynethpaltrow holds the title of creative director of makeup, has become one of the foremost labels in the organic beauty category –– with sales on track to hit $100 million this year. What’s behind the rapid growth the brand is experiencing right now? It all started in 2005 when the wellness movement was just getting started. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty
Stay up to do date with breaking news and trending stories with WWD’s “The Essentialist.” Our newsletter delivers the top news in fashion right to your inbox. Want more info? Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
"I want to tell a story that inspires people to feel good about themselves, but also I'm making a commentary about the lack of female stories and female directors and saying this should change," said @imheathergraham on her latest project "Half Magic." The comedy feature, which the actress wrote and directed, is based on her own struggles as a woman in show business. Read @andrewnodell's full interview with Graham on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
@meltcosmetics cofounders @lora_arellano and @danabomar built their brand on a single idea: a true matte lipstick. To set the brand apart, they said they always put their customers first –– including a personalized note in each package. #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.