Are accessories-only stores the next trend for designers? Since the luxury accessories category generally fared better than others in the past 12 months, some design houses are trying to figure out a way to jump on the booming bandwagon. Many are...
Are accessories-only stores the next trend for designers? Since the luxury accessories category generally fared better than others in the past 12 months, some design houses are trying to figure out a way to jump on the booming bandwagon. Many are piling on the bags in their ad campaigns, others are increasing the space devoted to accessories in their stores and some are rolling out accessories-only store concepts.
Among them are Giorgio Armani, who in 2000 established an in-house accessories division with a focus on opening freestanding stores. Last October, the company opened an Emporio Armani accessories store in Madrid, its first solely dedicated to that division outside Milan. The opening of freestanding accessories shops is also high on Versace’s agenda. The first one, just under 700 square feet, opened in Munich last February.
Chanel, meanwhile, opened a 1,500-square-foot shoe and handbag boutique at 737 Madison Avenue in New York last June, which is adjacent to its fine jewelry shop. The Peter Marino-designed unit offers shoes, handbags, travel pieces and small leather goods — and similar stores opened at The Short Hills Mall in Short Hills, N.J., and The Mall at Millenia in Orlando.
"Our global shoe business has grown four times over in the past two years," said Barbara Cirkva, executive vice president of fashion at Chanel Inc., the U.S. arm of the Paris fashion house. "The time was right for the idea of pairing shoes and handbags into a unique retail concept."
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)