New Designers: Wood Works … Chain Gang … Head of the Class …
WOOD WORKS: Danish-born craftsman Johannes Michelsen has been honing his talent since he was a child experimenting in his artist father's studio. Now, he fashions unusual millinery in his own workshop in Manchester, Vt., where he...
WOOD WORKS: Danish-born craftsman Johannes Michelsen has been honing his talent since he was a child experimenting in his artist father's studio. Now, he fashions unusual millinery in his own workshop in Manchester, Vt., where he works with native Vermont woods such as maple, butternut, walnut and sycamore -- though he is quick to add that he uses "only found wood and industrial cast-offs. No tree is ever cut for a hat." Each design is whittled, or "turned," from a cone-shaped wooden block weighing nearly 60 pounds and is then cold bent as it dries. Banding and decorative details are added by burning off the natural color of a contrasting wood tone such as the ebony strip on the western-style hat shown here. Michelsen hats, which wholesale from $255 to $350, are available at Worth & Worth, New York, Del Mano Gallery, L.A., and Sansar in Washington, D.C
CHAIN GANG: "My life in Asia has been like opening a living book on handicrafts and lost arts," says Illinois-born Lois Hill, who has spent seven years there. "Techniques that have been passed down for generations hold this unbelievable cultural fabric together." On Bali, her current home, Hill has created an accessory line of bracelets, necklaces and belts, many of them made using ancient "netting" or weaving techniques found in Thailand, Indonesia, Turkey and India. The designer then adds modern buckles to these silver and gold vermeil pieces to create what she calls "a respectful balance between East and West." Wholesale prices for her jewelry, shown in New York at Apropo, range from $40 to $440.
HEAD OF THE CLASS: British milliner Marina Killery has crowned some of the most regal heads in the world. Princess Diana and the Duchess of York wore custom-made Killerys to Viscount Linley's wedding last year and Prince -- the rock star -- is a new customer. Now Killery has opened a New York showroom for her first retail collection. "I'm thrilled because the shops have been intrigued enough to take a chance," she says. "I've been able to invent some attractive shapes for the mid-to-upper end of the market. American women spend so much money on their clothing, it's time they spent it on their heads." Killery will work with the stores to customize the 40 silhouettes in her collection, which wholesale from $70 to $250. They have been bought by Henri Bendel and Takashimaya, New York.THE BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL: "I don't consider myself mainstream," says jewelry designer Marilyn F. Cooperman. Cooperman, a former in-house designer for Fred Leighton, developed her eye for unorthodox mixes of metals and jewels in his studios. There she found herself in the company of master jewelers, reworking old pieces and learning from past designs. Cooperman's collection of brooches, bracelets and necklaces feature settings of silver, gold and platinum with precious and semiprecious stones. "For me, style is the most important thing," the designer says. "I enjoy playing with the metals to get strange colors, with bold stones to make a statement." Wholesale prices for her pieces range from $1,200 to $12,000.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty