Shaun Kearney Leaves Cynthia Steffe
Shaun Kearney is no longer designing the Cynthia Steffe collection for Bernard Chaus Inc. The creative director and executive vice president has left the firm and his last collection will be spring 2012. Kearney said he is considering several different business opportunities and will make his plans known at a later date. “It was very amicable, but we’ve decided to go our separate ways,” he said. Chaus officials were unavailable for comment.
Kearney had served as creative director of Steffe since 2008. Earlier he was vice president and creative director of Kenneth Cole New York women’s sportswear, a former division of Chaus, a role he assumed in 2003. Earlier he held design posts at Max Mara, Laundry by Shelli Segal and Randolph Duke. Sources said the Steffe business is going forward, and Kearney’s successor hasn’t been named.
Moncler Launches Glasses with Mykita
Moncler has turned to German eyewear manufacturer Mykita for the production of two unisex sunglass models bowing this month. The styles will be available for six months only at Moncler and Mykita stores and retail for $730. Although the model harkens back to goggles worn by mountain climbers in the Fifties, Moncler chairman Remo Ruffini said contemporary design was a priority. In particular, the brand refers to Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni, the first men to reach the summit of K2, the second highest mountain in the world, in July 1954, who were decked out in specially made Moncler down jackets.
“These are highly technological and innovative glasses, with a very strong design concept, yet functional, both on the ski slopes and for a daily, urban use,” Ruffini told WWD.
Badgley Mischka Launches Fine Jewelry
This week, the designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka are launching Badgley Mischka Fine Jewelry at Bloomingdale’s — a natural move, they said, considering that much of their ready-to-wear inspiration already stems from the jewelry world. “We have always been known for our beading and embellishment, and we have always been inspired by vintage jewelry,” Badgley said. And so, in a roundabout way, the wide-ranging collection, about 50 pieces, of necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings draw on elements from the pair’s rtw collections over the past two years, including beading, a lace-like design and an “Arabesque” motif that informs much of the new lineup.
The jewelry, which is manufactured in a licensing agreement with Manhattan jewelry firm Clyde Duneier, features silver and 18-karat gold looks and precious and semiprecious stones like white, brown and black diamonds, as well as sapphire, amethysts, blue topaz, moonstone and citrine.
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