Backstory: Despite the fact that she'd spent years in the industry working on the business side at companies like Lucky Brand Jeans, Jennifer Nicholson and Jenni Kayne, it was actually an ill-fated shopping trip in New York two years ago that led Molly Sabatasso to accessories design. She was with a group that included Kayne, the Olsen twins and Amanda Anka (aka Mrs. Jason Bateman) when, put off by their spendthrift ways, she went off on her own. "Each of them was trying to one-up the other," recalls the L.A.-based Sabatasso, 35. "It got to the point where it was so gluttonous, I couldn't take it." Soon Sabatasso found herself in a bead-and-stone shop in SoHo, where she bought some supplies. She spent the rest of the day holed up in her hotel room making jewelry, and Mali was born.
Collection: "There are so many lines out there that are, like, skulls and crossbones, you know, rock star," the designer says. "I wanted to refocus on nature." To that end, her collection incorporates materials like semiprecious stones, sea life, flora, as well as her newest obsession: butterflies, which she encases in pendants and belt buckles. The lepidoptera, of course, come from butterfly farms rather than the wild.
Stats: The butterfly necklaces wholesale for $165 and the belts, $195, while the rest of the pieces range in price from $75 to $125. Retailers include Jamie in Malibu and Intermix and Calypso in New York. — Venessa Lau
Designer: Oren Shepher
Backstory: Los Angeles born and bred, accessories designer Oren Shepher, 28, got into fashion the Hollywood way: through costume design. While working wardrobe on films, television, commercials and music videos, he attended California's Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and ran his own Sunset Boulevard boutique for a bit. His accessories career began with a copy of "Jewelry Making for Dummies" and a few pieces that immediately sold to friends. "I thought, 'I'm kind of tired of apparel,'" says Shepher. "And the bottom line is accessories go with everything." His women's collection, inspired by a chandelier discovered at a Paris flea market, launched in April. It featured a mix of gold chains, pearls and velvet bows. Shepher has since expanded into belts. "They're like jewelry for your waist," he says.Collection: Spear features thick, double- and triple-buckle leather belts; "ghetto-fabulous," 24-karat gold door-knocker earrings, and more delicate Parisian chandelier styles.
Stats: Spear is sold at Fred Segal in Los Angeles, Atrium in New York and Isetan in Japan. Wholesale prices range from $32 for earrings to $1,100 for a necklace. — Jessica Iredale
Designer: Donna M. Abbruzzese
Backstory: How's this for the circuitous route to design: After graduating from Johnson & Wales University, Abbruzzese, 31, indulged her wanderlust by accepting a job with an airline that took her all over the world. Several trips to Paris' shopping promenade Rue Saint-Honoré got her creative juices flowing. "Flea market shopping and basically rummaging through other people's garbage has always been a little hobby of mine," says the New Yorker, who still keeps her airline job. As it happened, she has an uncle in the jewelry casting business who persuaded her to put some ideas together and the rest is history.
Collection: The six-month-old collection includes about 80 14-karat gold-, rose gold- and sterling-silver-plated styles. Positive Meaning bangles are engraved with inspirational words such as "happy," "lucky" and "inspired." More robust styles include honeycomb-shape flowers — inspired by an antique chandelier Abbruzzese found in Paris — that appear on gold-plated chains and chunky leather cuffs, some painted in pop colors like cobalt, cherry red, white and black. "It's paint that's used for race cars and rocket ships," says Abbruzzese. "So there's lots of high shine."
Stats: Marley is carried at Fred Segal Rocks and Ice Accessories in Los Angeles and other boutiques. Wholesale prices range from $9 for a stackable ring to $38 for the Positive Meaning cuffs. — J.I.
Exclusive: Nicola Formichetti is parting ways with @diesel after nearly four years. Formichetti, who served as Lady Gaga’s stylist in 2009, joined Diesel in 2013 as creative and artistic director. His first show debuted in Venice with a show held at the Venetian Arsenal. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
The polo shirt - an icon of preppy style - is roaring back into fashion in many creative guises, like this A-line polyester top from @carven, worn with @31philliplim cotton and elastane pants. Designers stretched a fashion classic into all kinds of new permutations this season. See how @mayteallende styled the preppy trend on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📸 : Kinya)
(Market Editors: @andrew_shang and @elmercer, Makeup: @amandawilsonmakeup using @fentybeauty, Hair: @gonn24, Model: @bara_holotova at @women360mgmt)
“I do like period [projects] a lot because I like creating those worlds, a world that is different from today," costume designer Mark Bridges said about the '50s British couture featured in @phantomthread. Bridges created the overall aesthetic and individual fashion looks for the film, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps. Pictured here is a gown he designed for Krieps who plays Alma – the love interest of Day-Lewis' character, Reynolds Woodcock. #wwdfashion
@prada is embracing the holiday season with a series of short movies about the art of gift-giving. "The Postman's Gifts", which was directed by American filmmaker Autumn de Wilde, focuses on the brand's signature Prada Galleria bag and features Elijah Wood as the postman. In the first two episodes, Wood's delivers the iconic bag to @emmaroberts, who plays herself as a movie star, and Sasha Frolova. #wwdfashion
“I think I never met the person while we were working,” Vicky Krieps said of Daniel Day-Lewis, who she plays the love interest of in “Phantom Thread.” Day-Lewis remained perennially in character, so much so that she feels she’s just meeting him now. “It’s interesting to see how different he is in real life to the character,” Krieps said. WWD sat down with the 34-year-old actress to talk about her new role in the period film, which brings the fifties’ gender dynamics into the mix. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@gucci has expanded its “Places” project to include six new cities. The initiative, which was first unveiled in July, aims to invite people to explore inspirational locations for the brand. On the list is the Biblioteca Angelica library in Rome pictured here. See the other five new venues on WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @massimo_listri_official)
#ad From tools to lashes, WWD rounded up wellness and beauty products guaranteed to take your skin care and makeup routines to the next level in 2018. Follow along as @laceandleatherbyelyse, @ashnfashn and @elleisalwayshere experiment with these products on their Instagram profiles and blogs. #NewYearBetterYou
Blogger @camilacoelho is one of the fastest growing beauty influencers around the world. The bilingual blogger has worked with brands like @revolve Beauty, @dior, @louisvuitton and more and has an Earned Media Value of $34,338,441, according to @tribedynamics. But Coelho isn’t the only influencer making a major impact — head to WWD.com to see the other fastest-growing influencers in six key global markets. #beautyfridays (📷: @zefashioninsider)