NEW YORK — Young designers are starting to get a little respect.
Swarovski, the crystal company, is expected to give a cash prize of $10,000 to each of the winners in the two "new designer talent" categories at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards on June 2. In addition, the winners each will receive a $10,000 credit for Swarovski products, plus a trip to Wattens, Austria, to tour the company’s headquarters and museum, a Swarovski spokeswoman said.
This is the first time that the awards, which have been renamed Swarovski’s Perry Ellis Awards to reflect the sponsorship, will include a monetary prize. Organizers of the event hope this will turn around an industry urban legend that the Perry Ellis Awards, as they were formerly known, are cursed. Past winners such as David Cameron, Gordon Henderson, Christian Francis Roth, Victor Alfaro, Isaac Mizrahi and Todd Oldham ran into financial troubles shortly after they won.
"We know what a difficult business this is and we’re committed to helping these designers succeed," said a Swarovski spokeswoman. "We hope it’s going to be a long-term relationship with the CFDA."
Although Swarovski is backing the award, Perry Ellis International — the company that succeeded the late designer — is also standing by its brand heritage and will co-host a party with Vogue magazine for the nominees on May 12 at the International Center of Photography. This year’s nominees are Proenza Schouler, Zac Posen and Behnaz Sarafpour for ready-to-wear and Brian Atwood, Hollywould and Gunmetal for accessories.
In other news, UNITE filed suit against Perry Ellis International over the denial of UNITE’s rights as a PEI shareholder. The suit, last week in Miami-Dade County, claims PEI has refused UNITE’s request for a list of PEI’s shareholders. UNITE contends in the suit it is entitled under Florida law to a copy of the list, but PEI refused requests. The lawsuit alleges UNITE is seeking the shareholder list to communicate with fellow shareholders concerning certain proposals company management will be putting to a vote at the annual shareholders’ meeting, expected to be held in May.
Meanwhile, PEI appointed Keva Silversmith as director of corporate marketing and investor relations, effective immediately. Silversmith will report directly to George Feldenkreis, chairman and chief executive.
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye