After years of wearing Elie Tahari’s designs and tailoring them to her liking, actress Emmy Rossum felt she had some constructive criticism to offer. Tahari said, “I was talking to her about her style and I saw that she had good taste and she liked [my] bags. She’d say, ‘I wish it was this way, I wish it was like that…’ and I said, ‘You know what, Emmy? You come in and you design it like you like.’” From there the idea for a handbag collaboration developed. A year later, the duo has revealed the creation of a leather “Emmy” bucket bag with cotton canvas interior, available in four sizes, in tan, black, white, mushroom, yellow and metallic. The Elie Tahari bags will be available for $398 to $798 beginning in March at retailers including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. A portion of all proceeds will go to the charity Safe Horizon. Rossum said of the collaboration: “It blossomed very organically.”When it came to the nitty-gritty of the handbag’s design, Rossum was concerned with the bag’s practical details. “I thought a lot about the kind of bag I wanted: versatile, worn by the working woman in any season,” she said. “It was important that it had compartments in the sides, because I hate those big bags where your iPod cord gets mixed in with your lip gloss.” The creative process appealed to her. “I grew up singing in choirs at the Met Opera. When a new director would come in and have a new production…we got to work with our costumer to pick out our fabrics. It was a creative process behind the scenes, it was very exciting, and I always felt at home there,” she said. “So being part of that creative process [with Tahari], touching the leathers, picking the fabrics, thinking ‘What would I really want to wear?’ was great.” Tahari concurred, “Besides it being fun, I think that she created a beautiful bag, it’s very interesting, very exciting. I think the fact that she’s involved...it’s good for our image as a company and it was just a good experience.” Which isn’t to say an Emmy Rossum fashion line is soon to follow: “One thing at a time,” said Rossum. “I want to get really great at what I do first, then maybe later I’ll branch off. Right now I’ll leave it to the people who do it best.” Rossum has evolved her own personal style since her cinema debut eight years ago as Katie Markum in “Mystic River.” “I started out very New York: clean lines, sophisticated. Very grown-up for a little girl. [My style] has developed to be a little more relaxed, a little bit more comfortable. Spending more time on the West Coast as well, I’ve become a little bit more bohemian, but I’ll never go totally that way,” said Rossum.She’s recently taken to scouring vintage finds on eBay, “but I limit myself to options under $30.” Rossum currently stars on Showtime’s “Shameless,” which she describes as “an outrageous show that lets us say crazy things and do crazy things.” She plays Fiona Gallagher, the eldest in a thoroughly modern, albeit dysfunctional family. “My character’s really not glamorous at all, which is a big change from what I’ve done in the past. I found it very liberating. Sometimes I find it a little intimidating to have to be glamorous. Here, you’re stripped down to what you really are, there’s not anything anyone can criticize. It’s like, ‘Go ahead, take a shot…’ Plus, boyfriends always say you look best in the morning, right?” And have there been any such boyfriends recently? “I’m keeping my eyes and ears open, but I’ve got nothin’ goin’ on,” Rossum said.
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