The Vision Council and WWD will hold a panel titled “Eye on Design: An Exclusive Talk With Influential Eyewear Designers” Friday at Vision Expo East. Having previously partnered on two panels at the West iteration of Vision Expo, this is the first panel the two have held at Vision Expo East. Vision Expo is co-owned by Reed Exhibitions and the Vision Council.Vision Expo East has three pavilions and thousands of brands dedicated to eyewear and accessories. The Underground features an array of curated brands, while The Galleria is focused on new talent. The main Eyewear + Accessories Pavilion features iconic companies, ubiquitous brands and rising stars.“Creating a personal style begins with a vision. It begins with eyewear, and an optical wardrobe that is as unique as the individual,” said Mitch Barkley, vice president of trade shows and meetings at The Vision Council. “Vision Expo is the ultimate fashion hub for eyewear, sunwear and accessories — where the industry gathers to learn the latest trends and shop the latest styles. Through our partnership with WWD, we’re able to engage fashion-focused consumers with the style insight we’ve long had access to at Vision Expo, and, most importantly, provide our exhibitors with exposure to this captivated audience.”The panelists will be Gai Gherardi, cofounder and codesigner of L.A. Eyeworks; Laura Howard, eyewear designer at Kenmark Eyewear, and Vladimiro Baldin, chief product and design officer at Safilo Group.“Each panelist touts a plethora of experience in the eyewear design realm,” said Joanne Mohr, event director of Reed Exhibitions. “Laura Howard of Kenmark Eyewear oversees design of the Zac Posen women’s optical and sun collections, plus his runway collection, as well as the Vera Wang runway collection and Lilly Pulitzer. Vladimiro Baldin oversees innovation, design and product development for Safilo Group on a global scale for proprietary brands and the entire licensed brands portfolio. And Gai Gherardi is the cofounder and codesigner of L.A. Eyeworks, the renowned brand from Southern California that celebrates glasses as vehicles for individual expression. All three panelists will bring unique insights into the intricate design processes of a variety of brands in the greater industry at Vision Expo.”In 1986, leaders from The Vision Council partnered with Reed Exhibitions and created Vision Expo to promote awareness of eye health. Over these 32 years, The Vision Council has invested Vision Expo revenue into consumer awareness initiatives, most notably Think About Your Eyes, to help educate Americans about the importance of comprehensive annual eye exams.In addition to events geared toward boutique buyers, Vision Expo hosts several pop-up talks throughout the exhibit hall, plus several education sessions in Vision Expo’s conference program.The panel is from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Galleria lounge (G280) and will be streamed live via the WWD Facebook page.
Exclusive: @longchamp is planning to stage its first official runway show at New York Fashion Week this fall. The French leather goods firm has expanded into ready-to-wear as part of its repositioning as a lifestyle brand. The show, scheduled for September 8, will also cap the brand’s 70th anniversary celebration. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex undertook their first overseas engagement as a married couple in Dublin. The trip included multiple events and outfits changes, including this black dress by @emiliawickstead that Meghan Markle wore for a party at the British Ambassador’s home. #wwdfashion #royals
At 20 years old – and with an estimated net worth of $900 million - @kyliejenner is the youngest person to ever make @forbes’ annual list of America’s Richest #SelfMadeWomen. “It’s incredible to be recognized for something I’m so passionate about, and I’m really grateful for that. I’ve always loved makeup and worked really hard to bring the first lip kit to the market,” said Jenner on founding @kyliecosmetics. See who else is on the list on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @rainerhosch)
“The collection is inspired by Tulum and the Mayan Riviera – its laid-back luxury, life of cabanas, untouched coastline, natural habitats, exotic cocktails and jungle parties with renowned DJs,” said Matteo Maniatty, creative director and cofounder of @descendantofthieves, on the brand’s inspiration for its latest collection. See more designer sketches and inspirations on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #nyfwmens #nyfw
@riccardotisci17 is releasing a limited-edition capsule collection as part of his anticipated runway debut for @burberry in September. Delivered in a series of instant drops, this is the second Burberry capsule collection announced since Friday, when Tisci broke the news on his collaboration with @viviennewestwood. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
“It’s like a Cinderella story. You get a little fake, you get a little real, you put it together and voilà,” said legendary rapper Slick Rick, who helped pioneer the merge of luxury and streetwear. WWD’s @ariahughes spoke to @therulernyc about his jewelry collection, his collaboration with @bally and how the industry has evolved – link in bio. (📷: @kristaschlueter)
@ragandbone and @eminem are teaming up on a special capsule collection of streetwear pieces. Sold at a one-day pop-up in London’s Soho on Friday, the collection features three different T-shirt designs and a hoodie. The capsule is set to kick off the rest of Eminem’s shows in his European Revival Tour, which ends on Sunday. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdfashion