Jonathan Riss loves New York. “I’m crazy about this city,” says the Paris-based Belgian designer of Jay Ahr, and he’s working hard to make the feeling mutual. Bergdorf Goodman introduced Jay Ahr’s easy cocktail dresses to the American public last spring, and, while Riss was pleased to have such a prestigious New York address, he felt “it was important to have a place here to show more than one dress on a rack.” So he opened a private salon at 801 Madison Avenue last month. Done up with crown moldings imported from Versailles, marble furniture and Baccarat crystal, the salon, which Riss believes offers the complete Jay Ahr experience, brings a touch of traditional French grandeur — not to mention the firm’s full ready-to-wear, jewelry and accessories collections — to New York.
Manhattan is more than just a new home to Riss. It has sentimental value. According to Riss, Jay Ahr, launched in 2005 and named for the phonetic spelling of Riss’ initials, was inspired by American style. “In New York, I saw all of these girls wearing dresses all the time,” says Riss. “I said, ‘Let’s do something more dressy for women in Paris, so they can take their jeans and put them somewhere else.’ Just wear a dress, like that line from Diane von Furstenberg, ‘Feel like a woman, wear a dress.’” He started with jersey T-shirt dresses and eventually added eveningwear to the mix. Within a year, Riss, who got into fashion by working in textile factories in the Ukraine and India before privately designing wedding dresses, opened a boutique on Paris’ Rue du 29 Juillet. The Jay Ahr collection, which retails for $1,500 to $6,000 for clothing and up to $8,500 for jewelry, is in more than 40 stores, including Bergdorf Goodman, Hirshleifer’s and Harrods and is also available on Net-a-Porter.com. Of course, Riss considers his Madison Avenue outpost to be the most exclusive venue of all.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
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Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)