Code's launch party at 800 Fifth Avenue on Wednesday night attracted a cross section of fashion industry veterans, models, influencers and up-and-coming design talent. There were people from across the political spectrum, including Tiffany Trump and former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, just the type of diverse crowd Code founder Moshe Lax hopes will populate the 10,000-square-foot hybrid store, showroom, café and event space when it opens on March 1.A community for designers with six-month residency programs and support and marketing services, Code's first class includes Christopher Chaun, a janitor at a Boston church, who creates bow ties make from wool, lambskin, denim and silk. "Beyoncé wore one of my bow ties for her appearance on Oprah Winfrey's final show," Chaun said. "I made my first bow tie on the floor of my dining room.""I didn't think I'd get this kind of enthusiasm," said Lax, who was trailed by a gaggle of women that included his wife, Shaindy, and four daughters. "The designers are all so innovative and hungry."Lax explained that he was nudged to create Code by Shaindy, a children's wear designer, who was having trouble breaking into stores with her collection. The president and chief executive officer of Dynamic Diamonds, Lax partnered with Ivanka Trump to launch her jewelry business.“I learned about the fashion world and business from Ivanka Trump," he said. "I don’t know if I would have had the vision and clarity for this project without her. Diamonds was my late father’s business. Real estate is really my comfort zone."The first daughter has moved away from fashion to establish herself in Washington. Lax's friend, Hillary Beckman, helped hone Code's concept and vet designers."We're a very new company," said Lisa Pongrass, ceo and founder of Canvas & Hyde. "My bags are made in Brooklyn at the Navy Yard. They're made from Brazilian hides and lined in suede.""What I do is almost paying homage to people and the artisans of yesterday," said Philip Ayler, who designs jackets using recycled vintage fabric. "A lot of it is Chanel and old Givenchy."Tel Aviv-based Ilana Ariel produces four collections, including one inspired by her grandmother's jewelry and other that's a medley of shapes and mismatched stones. Ariel, who studied art therapy and earned a J.D. at Brooklyn Law, began formulating ideas for jewelry designs to break the monotony of school. She also sells her jewelry at Fivestory in Manhattan.Tiffany Trump stopped by to say hello to Aruna Seth, the British shoe designer, whose styles she wore to the recent inauguration of her father Donald Trump. "Tiffany wore those boots," Seth said, pointing to a suede pair. "Marigay McKee, [former president of Saks Fifth Avenue], is my mentor.""I hope [Code] is as transformational for the fashion industry as Moshe hopes it will be," said Spitzer, who is Code's landlord. "It's sort of like the WeWork for the fashion industry. I'm excited by it, so I'll come in all the time."
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)