Jewelry brand Miansai has revealed its first ever women’s collection through a new section on their website labeled “The Ladies.”
[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ashion’s Night Out is going all out to promote this year’s event and they’ve tapped some of our favorite stylish celebs to get the job done. On Thursday September 6th, stores all over the world will be open late so you can hit the racks. It’s the fourth year that the event has been running and according to FNO themselves, this year is going to be bigger and better than ever, complete with special limited-edition products, celebrity appearances, and unforgettable performances.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]ONDO BY NIGHT, the sparkling new collection of de GRISOGONO timepieces, is as playful as it is luxurious. Presenting two distinct yet equally radiant looks, the line of luxury watches is designed to take you from day to night with style and ease.
Established in 1993 by Fawaz Gruosi, de GRISOGONO has since earned a worldwide following for its innovative techniques in Swiss watchmaking. The Geneva-based brand is known for its avant-garde designs and cutting-edge technologies.
Combining the refined art of gemsetting with a specially developed in-house movement,TONDO BY NIGHT presents a sophisticated gemset oscillating weight on the front side. An original pearly photoluminescent composite fiberglass material allows the eye-popping timepieces to sparkle around the clock.
The collection pays homage to the creative mind of Andy Warhol, by taking on an original shape that requires just three-quarters of an hour of exposure to light. The row of 48 gems on the bezel along with the 60 precious stones on the oscillating weight, create an oval-shaped timepiece that lights up from the inside.
From an authentic master stroke and black diamond on the crown, to the Galuchat strap and distinctive design of the TONDO case, the collection features many of the brand’s signature design codes. While many of the de GRISOGONO hallmarks remain intact, TONDO BY NIGHT does however offer a unique interpretation of the brand’s contemporary baroque style.
Inspired by the vivid hues of summer, the collection is available in several variations including, white, yellow, pink, green, purple and orange.
To learn more about the TONDO BY NIGHT collection or to find a retailer, visit www.degrisogono.com.
[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ouis Vuitton’s ‘Escale á Paris’ Collection is inspired by the Parisian streets that lead up to Louis Vuitton’s new workshop and boutique jewelry store in the Place Vendôme. The collection demonstrates a creative way to incorporate geographic specificity and jewelry design.
The capsule collection, designed by Creative Director Lorenz Bäumer, includes a ring mapped of the streets of Paris with yellow diamonds, a necklace that translates the traffic patterns on the Champs Elysees, and a large diamond in the form of Vuitton’s flower shape is used to symbolize the Place Vendôme itself.
[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ur client Holt Renfrew is celebrating this year their 175 anniversary! From its start in 1837 as a hat and cap shop in Quebec City to the go-to luxury mecca it is today, Holt’s has undeniably had a starring role in Canada’s retail legacy. To fête the occasion, everything from high-fashion designs like Christian Louboutin’s magenta-platform sling backs to fun finds like Pantone’s “Holt Renfrew Magenta” notebook will prove that even at 175, Holt’s still has it.
Aside from its anniversary and FNO events, Holt’s somehow has yet another top-bill event in September: at 11:30 a.m. on September 8, none other than Sir Elton Johnhimself will be stopping by the store. Along with his partner David Furnish andNEST Fragrances, John will be teaming up with Holt’s to debut two exclusive candles to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundatiom, which is also ringing in an anniversary this year of 20 years. L’Orangerie, a citrus-based fragrance, and Jardin de Fleurs, a floral blend, will be on sale exclusively at Holt’s for $50 a pop, with proceeds going to the foundation.
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n collaboration with French store colette, Swiss luxury watchmakers RJ-Romain Jerome have released a Space Invaders inspired watch for the second time.
On that occasion, the pixelated figures have put on the emblematic blue color of the store for a limited edition of eight pieces, only available in the trendy boutique.
The interesting feature of this watch is the lacquered dial: it is actually 3-layers in order to achieve the pixelated look along with the “Space Invaders” applied on top (each about 3.5mm).
Also of note is the watch case with spare parts from Apollo 11 and four functional ball-and-socket joints on the corners of the case which resemble the legs of the lunar landing modules of American lunar missions.
The Space Invaders are available in four other colours (red, green, purple and yellow) and have started their incursion in all RJ-Romain Jerome points of sale worldwide.
[dropcap]D[/dropcap]uring Fashion Week in September in Paris, visit the salon “Les Collections vintage”, the first event in Paris dedicated to retro luxury fashion, Tuesday 25 and Wednesday, September 26th in the privacy of the Hotel du Louvre (Paris first ).
Elodie, Tara, Sarah, Valerie, Martine, Catherine, Eliza, Sylvie and Patricia … The nine ladies are displayed and exhibited in vintage fashion for some years. Keen on fashion, they chinent clothing and accessories, trace the history of fashion and restore birth to forgotten pieces. Working regularly with renowned fashion designers, stylists and fashion magazines, they are always ready to find the rare model, provided it is scratched and preferably Couture.
Program: the Belle Epoque and its lace, sequins and Roaring Twenties, the New Look, the Space Age, the 70′s and 80′s under the guise of Courreges, Cardin, St. Laurent and many other prestigious homes still.
Inviting nine exhibitors for the first edition of Collections, the exhibition aims for the next appointment to bring in more antique fashion and offer lectures and panel discussions centered around the theme of fashion and facilitated by the leading experts in this field. And why not vintage haute couture fashion …
[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ermès has unveiled a new pocket watch Arceau Pocket Amazones, which is a unique piece of luxury inspired by the motif of a tie designed by Henri d’Origny.
The face features a detailed, miniature painting of two riders that uses enameling and gold spangling techniques.
The watch is enhanced with a gold oscillating weight, hand-chamfered, polished bridges and mechanisms, and is secured by a hand-sewn alligator strap.
[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ather Christmas has arrived a full 151 days early as Harrods opened its festive department to cater for summer visitors from abroad.
It is the earliest ever launch of the London store’s Christmas World department to coincide with the influx of international visitors, with the opening ceremony of the Olympics just a day away.
Father Christmas arrived at the Knightsbridge store in a Union Jack-clad Jaguar to officially open the new 8,000 square foot department to the public.
Inside the store he unveiled a giant snowglobe village, a pop-up gingerbread Harrods, a mountaintop ski chalet and a replica of the Tower of London that will house a set of Christmas crackers priced at £1,299.
David Miller, the director of Harrods Home, said: “We have return shoppers from all over the globe visiting for the annual summer unveiling of Christmas World.
“As unusual as it may seem to open a Christmas department so early on in the year, the department is always one of our most popular and requested for by shoppers who want to buy decorations as souvenirs or gifts. Some of our international customers may only visit the UK once this year and so the summer opening of Christmas World is to cater for this seasonal demand.
“Indeed this year we have also trialled a capsule Christmas collection which we launched back in May which has already performed extremely well.”
[dropcap]P[/dropcap]PR has teamed up with global fashion e-tailer Yoox Group to launch a joint company, which will manage the online stores of a host of the luxury conglomerate’s labels – including Bottega Veneta,Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Sergio Rossi and Balenciaga. The move is expected to propel digital growth within PPR’s stable of brands.
“E-business is a strategic priority for the Group,” said PPR CEO and chairman François-Henri Pinault. “PPR’s mission is to be the engine behind all our brands so that they each fully realise the potential for organic growth that they all enjoy. This joint-venture will allow PPR to generate synergies and shared resources available to our brands through best-in-class e-commerce expertise. And with this strategic partnership with YOOX Group, we invest in key skills essential to grow our business in the future.”
PPR will hold a 51 per cent stake in the newly-created company, while Yoox will own 49 per cent. Each luxury label will have full control over its e-commerce site, while incorporating Yoox’s advanced technology and international logistics and experience in new markets – such as China. Through the new partnership, PPR labels will become available in more than 100 countries worldwide.
“Two industry leaders have joined forces to launch the most complete, innovative and long-term online luxury retailing venture on the web,” said Yoox Group founder and CEO Federico Marchetti. “The online flagship stores resulting from the joint-venture will be tailor-made together with each PPR luxury brand and are perfectly positioned for the immense growth in this sector.”
To mark the start of the London Olympics, Tod’s has brought this season’s accessories together in a mini animation, featuring the Gommino mocassin,My Colors bracelets, D-Bag tote and Greca belt that come to life as Olympic athletes…
Likely taping into the SoHo neighborhood’s artistic character, the brand has enlisted four artists to design murals on the hoarding that surrounds the storefront. The True Love campaign aims to push a lifestyle that aligns consumers with the brands’ products, and the exhibit will lead the store and narrative right into Fashion Week.
“For 175 years, Tiffany & Co. has been home to artists, craftsmen and designers who create objects of unparalleled beauty, true works of art that have come to embody individual’s deepest emotions and, in particular, true love,” said Carson Glover, group director of worldwide media for Tiffany & Co., New York.
Throughout the summer, the selected artists will add to the hoarding to create murals inspired by true love, which will each be on display for two weeks. The four artists participating in the campaign include Danielle Dimston, Ellis Gallagher, Danny Roberts of Igor + Andre and Natasha Law.
[dropcap]D[/dropcap]esigner collaborations have become a staple in the world of retail, from the many Target and H&M many designer parternships to the news of the debut of Vera Wang’s line Princess Vera Wang at Kohls. But an unexpected ecommerce giants entry into this growing circle will soon be changing the game of designer collaborations. The online bidding house,eBay, known for their deals on original and vintage designer wear will be presenting its 2012 holiday season line of designer collaborations that will range in category from men and women’s apparel, home decor, electronics accessories, travel, and jewelry will all be priced under $100. This move will not only likely expand the company by broadening its audience but will possibly be creating a new contender in the realm of designer collaborators.
eBay chose a small select group of designers for the development of their limited edition gifts, available online on November 12th. Participating designers include Chris Benz, Jonathan Adler, Billy Reid, Dana Lorenz from Fallon, Claude Morais and Brian Wolk of Ruffian, Tibi’s owner Amy Smilovic, and Steven Alan. Not much has been released on the pieces to be released but as the summer ends and the holiday season grows closer anticipation is beginning to mount. Like most everything else on eBay, there’s no doubt that the the line’s limited amounts of unique goods won’t last long.
Designers like Alan, who was only recently asked to participate in the project, was asked to “design…outside [his] comfort zone”, which resulted in the creation of a small line of leather tech accessories such as a series of iPad covers and cell phone shoulder cases. Designer Chris Benz like Alan abandons elements of his signature style, but mixes his typical use of luxe fabrics with more durable practical textiles to create what he describes as “travel essentials”. Among Benz’s essentials are silk pajamas, cashmere T-shirts, scarves, and canvas bags.
While Smilovic was pleased with the openness of the project, she had no plans to rest on her laurels. She explains “I really wanted to create something that wasn’t just boiled down from my collection”. Switching out typical fabrics, like leather for pleather, and using inexpensive versions of textiles typically used in her own line, like the lace used in her jersey and cotton sweatshirts. Smilovic was glad for the limited budget which forced her to think “about designing in different ways, and lower price possibilities”, a new skill that comes through clearly in her eBay holiday collection. Adler stayed within the realm of home decor, creating smaller pieces such as coasters, ornaments, picture frames, and salt and pepper shakers.
Swarovski is sharing the secrets behind the brand’s famed crystals and jewellery pieces in an exhibition titled “Sparkling Secrets,” which is scheduled from July 13 to 31 at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre in Shanghai.
The displays will offer a glimpse to the innovations that shaped Swarovski for more than a century. Numerous interactive installations will provide visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the development of the brand.
[dropcap]O [/dropcap]scar De La Renta will be expanding their retail offerings with an extended 4,000 square foot Madison Avenue flagship and its first London location on Mount Street. President Alex Bolen tells WWD that he will now have the opportunity to showcase beyond his ready-to-wear with children’s, accessories, fragrances, bridal, beauty, and limited cosmetics. They currently have 13 full line stores and counting worldwide. When asked why Bolen has turned his focus to his brick and mortar rather than e-commerce, he responded, “We have become increasingly confident in the risk-reward of managing a retail business. Don’t misunderstand: E-commerce has many attractive characteristics. And wholesale will continue to be a critical part of our business going forward. As we’ve opened our own stores and have learned what works and what doesn’t, we’ve become increasingly focused on expanding our retail presence.” The company’s 2011 sales have been approximated to be nearly $150 million. Their most recent success has been children’s wear, which has accounted for nearly a quarter of their business last year. The company’s current aim is to build the brand for the long-term.