STAR SHINE: David Yurman is going high Watt-age.
The 25-year-old jewelry company has tapped Australian actress Naomi Watts to star in its new advertising campaign.
Well known for its twisted cable motifs in sterling silver and gold, with colored stones and white diamonds, the New York-based firm has had a long string of marquee faces in its campaign, including Amber Valletta, Riley Keough, Daria Werbowy, Naomi Campbell, Ed Burns and Kate Moss.
The spring campaign was shot over the weekend in St. Barts by Peter Lindbergh and produced by David Lipman, who are longtime collaborators on the Yurman campaign.
“Sybil [Yurman, company president] and I have long respected Naomi for her rare combination of great beauty, talent and character,” said David Yurman in a statement. “We are great fans of her screenwork and are pleased she has agreed to be the face of David Yurman.”
Watts, said to be a fan of the jewelry, plays the lead in “King Kong,” which hits theaters Dec. 14.
LOOSE LIPS: Bob Mackie wasn’t holding back when he sat down for a chat Thursday night with Simon Doonan and Dorothy Twining Globus at Christie’s. The designer dished about such Hollywood legends as Edith Head, with whom he worked for decades back. “She would go out to lunch and come back, pick up a batch of sketches and go out to a meeting with her pencils in her hair,” Mackie said. “She had great taste. She knew when it was wrong and she knew when it was right.”
With a body “like a store mannequin, except she was more flexible,” Cher also won Mackie’s praise. But Doonan chastised the designer for putting “the butt-crack jeans” trend in motion by putting her in hip-huggers and other body-baring looks. “Except now, all the fat girls and old ladies are all walking around with their bellies out and butt cracks showing,” Mackie said. “And you’re responsible,” Doonan quipped. “Such a legacy,” Globus added laughingly.
“The other day I went from mall to mall and I thought, ‘What’s left to put on the hookers?'” Mackie said.
SUI TOOTH: Ladurée, one of Paris’ principle sweet palaces, has tapped Anna Sui as guest designer for its holiday packaging. The New York designer festooned Ladurée’s boxes with her signature colors, lace and butterflies. They’ll be wrapping chocolates and macaroons in all Ladurée stores in early December, including a new London outlet, which bowed at Harrods on Friday.
KIDDING AROUND: Rena Lange’s Rieke Veltel and Stephanie Fresle touched down in New York Tuesday long enough for an informal fashion show and the company’s first charitable luncheon for New Yorkers for Children. The Munich-based colleagues and Rena Lange president Tracy Welch welcomed 40 guests, including Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Shoshana Gruss, Renee Rockefeller, Susan Shin, Lauren Shortt Pinto, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Alexandra Lind Rose and Tinsley Mortimer at the company’s showroom. Before attendees got a glimpse of 10 couture Rena Lange dresses, Harper’s Bazaar’s Avril Graham doled out some unsolicited fashion advice to the party-going crowd: “Maybe I shouldn’t say this after lunch, but girls, the waist is back and we haven’t had all our holiday lunches yet.”
But Veltel thought they looked just fine. “They’re wearing a lot of Rena Lange. They interpret everything differently and are all really beautiful on top of that.”