DIVA IN THE SUN: Donatella Versace knows a thing or two about movie stars and suntans, so launching sunglasses for the Cannes Film Festival seemed like a natural move. The two new rectangular and oversize sunglass styles are called Diva and Hero, and are fit for screen legends — particularly those looking to hide the scars of recent plastic surgery around their eyes.
Diva comes in such colors as brown and gray with a gold- or silver-colored Medusa on the arms, but the most striking is a black version with white arms and a silver Medusa. Hero, meanwhile, is available in black, dark tortoise shell and light brown, and features half-Medusas and the designer’s gothic script initials on the arms.
“The Cannes Film Festival is the perfect setting to launch Diva and Hero,” said Versace. “Large, dark shades are the ubiquitous accessory here…and if there’s a film festival renowned for the enduring presence of the diva, it’s this one!”
COLOR ME PUNCTUAL: Matthew Williamson is getting into the watch business — but just for a minute. Williamson, along with industrial designer Karim Rashid and contemporary artist Dave Kinsey, will create up to four styles for Timex’s limited-edition XFactor collection. The watches will hit high-end retail stores for the holiday season.
In addition, the Middlebury, Conn.-based watch manufacturer is hosting a competition in honor of its 150th anniversary. Called “Timex 2154: The Future of Time,” the contest will be open to students and young professionals who will conceptualize watches and timekeeping for the next century and a half. Winning entries will go on display at the Timex Museum in Waterbury, Conn.
PEDRE MOVES: Pedre Watch Co. relocated to 10,000-square-foot digs at 48 West 38th Street, an increase in space of 45 percent to accommodate its expanded staff and new products. Pedre is currently located at 29 West 35th Street. The company’s private label business, in particular, has been growing, and the company makes watches for such stores as Coldwater Creek, J. Jill and Chico’s.
FINE LINE: It’s clear how much the accessories business has changed in the past 15 years when a designer who started with the hair scrunchie is now dabbling in diamonds. Colette Malouf, who was known during the Eighties for her hair accessories, is unveiling her first fine jewelry collection for fall.
The 18-karat gold and diamond pieces follow a similar nature-inspired aesthetic as her sterling silver collection, which she launched a year and a half ago. Bib necklaces shaped like branches and linked with diamonds go for $1,500 wholesale, while gold cuff earrings are $345.