NEW YORK -- Sully Bonnelly and Richard Shaw have formed Sully Bonnelly Ltd. and will introduce a collection of special occasion dresses and eveningwear for early fall.
The company has opened a showroom and offices at 530 Seventh Ave. here. It will be represented in Dallas by Nat Ekelman and in Atlanta by Shapiro Sales. The line will be sold under the Sully Bonnelly label, with dresses wholesaling for $125 to $180, evening gowns for $210 to $230 and separates for $65 to $125. It is showing for the first time at this week's market at the International Apparel Mart in Dallas.
Bonnelly, the designer, was most recently designer for The He-Ro Group's Bill Blass Group, which closed last fall. He has also worked as an assistant designer for Oscar de la Renta and as a designer for the Julie Francis and Akira dress collections.
It was at Oscar de la Renta Ltd. that Richard Shaw and Bonnelly first met. Shaw, who is president of the company and oversees overall operations, had worked at de la Renta for the past 14 years, most recently as assistant to the president, Gerald Shaw, his father. Prior to that, he worked for the firm's former Miss O division.
Shaw said the collection will be made by contractors here, except for knits, which will be produced in Hong Kong.
Shaw projects a volume of about $3 million for 1994, with an account base of large and small specialty stores.
"We feel this is a good time to go into business," Shaw said.
He pointed out that the recent closings of several operations in the special occasion category, such as the Bill Blass Group, Oscar de la Renta Studio and Bob Mackie Boutique collections -- all at The He-Ro Group, have created opportunities for new lines.
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