Hyper Luxury

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The sky's the limit.

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Accessory Trends

Editor’s Letter: WWD’s Reimagined Accessory Magazine

This issue introduces a major shift from consumer-directed shopper to pure B-to-B, focusing on the highest levels of the accessories market.

clock August 15, 2011Bridget Foley

Roberto Cavalli Metal and amber bracelet Net-a-porter $905

Accessory Trends

What’s Selling Now: Store Front

WWD polled 15 multibrand retailers on their current top-selling accessories.

clock August 15, 2011Jessica Iredale

Celine Mini Luggage bag

Handbags

What’s Selling Now: Red Hot

Phoebe Philo’s Luggage bag for Céline has become a retailer’s dream.

clock August 15, 2011Jessica Iredale

Heirloom

Accessory Trends

Made in China: From Cheap to Chic

China’s ascent to global manufacturing powerhouse owes much to its reputation for cheap manufacturing.

clock August 15, 2011Amanda Kaiser and Samantha Conti and Miles Socha and Casey Hall

In 2008, Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld staged a mammoth fashion show atop the Great Wall of China near Beijing.

Accessory Trends

Made in China: Europeans Stand Firm

Chinese brands can’t count on the luxury powerhouses of Europe to relinquish market share without a fight.

clock August 15, 2011Miles Socha

Tamara Mellon

Business Features

Choose Your Partner: Fashion’s Ownership Shuffle

Why fashion and finance often clash.

clock August 15, 2011Samantha Conti

Jim Gold

Retail

Jim Gold Talks Shop

The Neiman’s exec on what’s chic, what sells, what lasts and why he loves his Tom Ford man bag.

clock August 15, 2011David Moin

Borgo’s gold-plated brass collar and silver and gold-plated brass bracelet, both produced in Providence, R.I.

Jewelry

Eddie Borgo’s Rhode Trip

The jewelry designer plays tour guide on a visit to Providence, R.I.— once the costume jewelry capital of the world.

clock August 15, 2011Venessa Lau

Noritaka Tatehana

Footwear

Designer Watch: Meet Fashion’s New Shoe Stud

Noritaka Tatehana’s professors were not impressed with his alien go-go boots, but Lady Gaga was.

clock August 15, 2011Amanda Kaiser

Bottega Veneta’s python and velvet Velluto bag.

Handbags

Exotic Skins Are Getting Techie

Accessories houses are experimenting with innovations in the category, ranging from lasers to glosses to foiling techniques.

clock August 15, 2011Caroline Tell

Coach’s leather Madison Caroline Satchel.

Handbags

Coach Introduces New Luxe Leather

Soft port Italian leather hasn’t been used for a women’s bag since Bonnie Cashin’s reign at the company decades ago.

clock August 15, 2011Caroline Tell

Subversive’s metal and Swarovski Elements pearl necklace.

Jewelry

Inspiration Point: Costume Drama

For fashion jewelers, confidence — rather than the runway — rules.

clock August 15, 2011Priya Rao

Abbey Askari

Footwear

Breadth of a Shoe Salesman

The customer may be right, but there is so much room for things to go wrong. Here, five top shoe sellers reveal how they keep shoppers happy.

clock August 15, 2011Gerald Flores and Kristen Henning

Media

On the Phone: M-Commerce Is the Word

Just when everyone thought e-commerce was the next great selling tool, along comes m-commerce, capturing sales on the go.

clock August 15, 2011Rachel Strugatz

An outtake from Méchante of London

Footwear

Contagious Campaigns: Footwear Designers Go Viral

Seeking more engaging ways to showcase their designs and build buzz, footwear brands have created short films for their fall collections.

clock August 15, 2011Erin E. Clack

A still from the campaign for B Brian Atwood

Marketing and Promotion

Hot Flash: B Brian Atwood

Inspired by the 1981 film Body Heat, the ads tell the tale of a young, gorgeous couple meeting for a secret affair.

clock August 15, 2011Jennie Bell

Media

The Social Swirl

Accessories brands are aggressively embracing social media. And while all this love is great for brand-building, it’s also proving healthy for sales.

clock August 15, 2011Rachel Strugatz

Verdura’s 18-karat gold, peridot and diamond ring.

Accessory Trends

Designers Bet on Luxury

Designers prepare their collections for spring 2012. We have a first look.

clock August 15, 2011WWD Staff

Tom Ford’s fox and alligator hobo, $30,890; Christian Louboutin’s crocodile boot, $21,995.

Accessory Trends

Luxury Gets Hyper

As global economies reel with uncertainty, the world’s most stalwart purveyors of luxury view quality and distinction as more essential than ever.

clock August 15, 2011Miles Socha and Samantha Conti and Katya Foreman and Alessandra Ilari

Fendi’s mink and cotton Peekaboo handbag, $11,590; René Caovilla’s Murmansky fur and Swarovski crystal sandal, $1,410.

Fashion Features

Hyper Luxury: The Sky’s the Limit

As global economies reel with uncertainty, the world’s most stalwart purveyors of luxury view quality and distinction as more essential than ever.

clock August 15, 2011Miles Socha and Samantha Conti and Katya Foreman and Alessandra Ilari

Marco Bicego’s 18-karat yellow gold bracelet; Buccellati’s 18-karat yellow gold and diamond bracelet; Gurhan’s 24-karat gold, 4-karat gold alloy and diamond bracelet.

Fashion Features

Higher and Higher

With gold prices skyrocketing, some designers cope by developing innovative treatments while others amp up that Midas touch.

clock August 15, 2011Venessa Lau

Marco Bicego’s 18-karat yellow gold bracelet; Buccellati’s 18-karat yellow gold and diamond bracelet; Gurhan’s 24-karat gold, 4-karat gold alloy and diamond bracelet.

Jewelry

The Gold Standard

The history of the precious metal is marked with incredible moments. Fast-forward to 2010 and the milestone was all about gold prices reaching a record high.

clock August 15, 2011Venessa Lau and Roxanne Robinson

From left: Painted metal bracelet, fall 2010; clutch, spring 2009; chain bracelet, spring 2007; collage platform shoes, fall 2010; metallic signet rings, spring 2007; Edition sunglasses, spring 2007; Lune clutch, fall 2009; gladiator boot, spring 2008.

Designer and Luxury

The Balenciaga Factor

Nicolas Ghesquière talks about shoes gone wild, the “it” bag that almost wasn’t, and the pros and cons of extreme experimentation.

clock August 15, 2011Bridget Foley and Laurent Folcher

Giorgio Armani’s 22-karat gold and horn sunglasses.

Eyewear

Luxury Eyewear Looks Up

The eyewear market is doing its part for hyperluxury as a number of firms offer souped-up collections featuring everything from gold to snakeskin.

clock August 15, 2011Katya Foreman

Calvin Klein Collection

Accessory Trends

Spring It On

Designers offer exclusive glimpses into their upcoming spring collections.

clock August 15, 2011Roxanne Robinson

Van Cleef & Arpels watch

Watches

Five Things to Know About Watches Right Now

Luxury watch houses are brimming with newness.

clock August 15, 2011Caroline Tell

Liv Tyler

Fashion Features

Pandora’s Bag

Riccardo Tisci’s Pandora Messenger bag is the tote du jour in Hollywood, with a high-visibility following among the chic celeb set.

clock August 15, 2011Taylor Harris

Essentialist

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A folkloric figure, part of Charles Jeffrey Loverboy's new installation at Dover Street Market in London.

Fashion

Charles Jeffrey Brings Hope, and More, to Dover Street Market

clock October 23, 2020Samantha Conti

Social Studies

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