SMEETS SPOT: The fashion world is quickly becoming familiar with the work of industrial designer Job Smeets, thanks to the Dutch fashion duo Viktor & Rolf. Smeets, who founded Studio Job in Amsterdam in 1998, is responsible not only for the whimsical...
SMEETS SPOT: The fashion world is quickly becoming familiar with the work of industrial designer Job Smeets, thanks to the Dutch fashion duo Viktor & Rolf. Smeets, who founded Studio Job in Amsterdam in 1998, is responsible not only for the whimsical charm jewelry used in the designers’ spring 2002 collection, but also the uncomfortable, though charming, bright blue sofa in their showroom that looks like it was beamed out of a cartoon world.
Other designers are collecting Smeets’ massive wooden shelving units, which fit together like a child’s construction puzzle, and his housewares inspired by the gilded grails and mugs of the Middle Ages. Swarovski has tapped Smeets to participate in its chandelier design project, which he will show at the Maison & Object design fair in Paris in January, as well as some jewelry for spring 2003. But another project could substantially expand Smeets’ presence: He’s collaborating on the design of Viktor & Rolf’s first fragrance, being launched next year by L’Oréal.
LONDON TOWER, PART II: Known in London as the Erotic Gherkin, the Swiss Re Tower is the latest addition to the city’s skyline. Designed by Norman Foster and resembling a flame-shaped lightbulb, the building stands 590 feet tall and boasts a 360-degree view. It’s also considered to be London’s first environmentally progressive tall building. Located in The City, London’s financial district, the 500,000-square-foot structure gets wider as it rises from the ground, and then tapers at the top.
Experts say the tower’s comparatively narrow base helps reduce reflections, improves transparency and allows for greater natural light penetration, reducing the need for artificial lighting. Swiss Re, an insurance company, initially thought it would occupy the entire tower, but has since decided to rent only floors two to 18. The building will not be finished until the end of 2003.
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)