Today’s Fashion Headlines: Friday, February 15, 2013

February 15, 2013 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

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Luxury Accessories Site ‘Editorialist’ Launches

After a two-week soft launch, the e-commerce site officially launches today. Cofounder and co-chief executive officer Kate Davidson Hudson said Editorialist.com will oftentimes carry the more “editorial” pieces that appear on the runway but never make it into production. “You can shop most of what we editorialize. We buy into the pieces that we feel the most directional — whether up and coming or established. A lot of the pieces will skew more editorial.”

The self-funded content-to-commerce site will see an update with a new story and corresponding product every three days, including tastemaker picks, designer features and trend stories. Azzedine Alaïa allowed Hudson and Allen into his archives and gave the two a preview of his collection during the Couture shows last month, and the interview and photo shoot are one of the stories currently featured.

Items for sale include Givenchy sunglasses with detachable mink, as well as jewelry from Bernard Delettrez, Lele Sadoughi and Kimberly McDonald. It’s the first place online to carry David Webb, which has also developed a small capsule collection exclusively available on the Editorialist. Hudson and Allen collaborated with Jennifer Fisher, the first designer to sign on with the e-tailer, on a custom piece — a $1,450 Brass Nail Toggle Link bracelet.

Over time the product to content ratio will level off as the site becomes more established, especially with pre-fall collections rolling out. Later this month, the site will open up advertising to “specific luxury houses”.

Tom Julian Joins The Donegar Group

Tom Julian has joined The Doneger Group in the new position of director of strategic business development, where he will be responsible for developing and implementing potential growth opportunities for the company as well as collaborating with the management team on goals and objectives. Julian has more than 20 years experience in the fashion industry and was president and founder of the Tom Julian Group, a branding firm for the fashion, retail, financial, automotive and hospitality industries. He had also served in trend roles for ad agencies including McCann Erikson and Fallon Worldwide, and had been fashion director of the Men’s Fashion Association.

The Doneger Group is the fashion industry’s leading source of global trend intelligence, focused merchandising direction, expert analysis of the retail business and comprehensive market information. The Doneger Group is an essential resource to the retail, manufacturing and fashion communities. Continuing to provide enhanced offerings, dynamic growth opportunities, and a passionate commitment to their business interests and to the industry at large is what The Donegar Group is dedicated to.

NYCxDesign Makes Its Debut

NYCxDesign (NYC by Design) is coming to the five boroughs this spring. The first annual citywide event showcasing and promoting design will be held May 10 to 21. The 12-day event, which will feature exhibitions, installations, trade shows, talks, launches and open studios. The event will start off with the Frieze Art Fair on Randall’s Island and end with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Participating design communities include architecture, graphic design, fashion design, product design and manufacturing, industrial design and interior design. The event is being produced by the City Council, in conjunction with a 33-member steering committee which includes leaders from major cultural institutions, top design schools, designers and government officials.

“NYCxDesign will help demonstrate that New York City is the design capital of the world,” said City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. “All five boroughs are home to a staggering amount of design talent in a wide range of disciplines, and this inaugural citywide event will help harness this potential and turn it into a tool for economic growth,” she said. Members of the design community interested in participating should register their event at nycxdesign.com.

– Selicia A. Walker

Source: WWD

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