An exclusive version of the Alessia Crossbody from our upcoming Holiday/Resort 2015 collection (debuting in October) makes its way to Borny — our third collaboration with the Japanese retailer! Subtle color blocking and texture play (the light tan is embossed lizard) combine with a clean silhouette and a hint of sleek hardware to make a versatile, everyday bag. What's in your DN? Everything you need — The Alessia Crossbody has excellent storage capacity despite its compact appearance. Shop the Alessia at Borny's store here (check out Borny's guide for overseas orders).
Celebrity Sighting: Fashion icon and pop superstar Rihanna was spotted wearing the Danielle Nicole Brooklynne Backpack in NYC July 11th on her way to dinner at Da Silvano, and again on July 13th visiting a tattoo parlor. "As the ambassador for Dior, she typically sports handbags with price points that reach into the thousands—but at her core, Rihanna is also someone who has long supported rising designers and proven she's super into the '90s fashion era that produced the miniature rucksacks to begin with." (WhoWhatWear.com)
CEO of FAB Starpoint and Artisan House Steve Russo has a plan to resurrect a 90s retail icon that fell on hard times. Before Delia's closed its doors last month, it had 92 retail stores and a loyal following intact from its heyday. Mr. Russo, who purchased the company after its bankruptcy, believes the brand still has legs to run in the current e-commerce climate thanks to its loyal following and its clean, age appropriate fashion appeal to girls and moms alike. Not to mention, the shift from brick and mortar storefronts to the web has its perks. To promote the relaunch, Delia's has adopted the new slogan “Online only = ALWAYS OPEN!” along with hashtag #DeliasForever. Check out The Wall Street Journal's article for more on Steve Russo and Delia's new chapter.
It was an honor to attend the 23rd Annual Ronald McDonald House Gala at the Waldorf Astoria, honoring Manny Chirico and Keith Sherin. In addition to raising $6 million for pediatric cancer, the event also debuted our special edition tote featuring the original artwork of children staying at Ronald McDonald House New York, on sale June 1st.
Claire Marie Wagonhurst was a sparkling 17 year old from Maryland who lost a long and courageous battle with adolescent melanoma. I first learned of Claire when I met her mother Marianne, a news anchor, while shooting a TV spot in Baltimore. When Marianne told me about her daughter’s illness and her dream of being in the fashion industry, we arranged for her to come up to New York to shadow me for a day. In that small window I discovered what a bright and beautiful young lady she was, inside and out.
In the days following her passing, girls at schools throughout the Baltimore area cut their hair to donate to cancer in the “Hair for Claire” campaign. At last count, there was at least enough hair cut to scale a 29-story building.
To honor Claire and her brief but memorable time with us at Danielle Nicole, we named our favorite group from Pre Fall after her (which would go on to become an editorial favorite and the best seller of the season). A percentage of sales from the Claire collection will be going to the Claire Marie Foundation.