Stuart Weitzman Marks First NYFW Presentation, New Designer

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Stuart Weitzman ushered in a new era on Thursday. A duet of events were staged at Seagram Building restaurant The Pool, celebrating the debut collection of newly appointed creative director Giovanni Morelli — a seasoned accessories designer who has created cult products for luxury brands including Chloé, Marc Jacobs and Loewe. In the afternoon, Stuart Weitzman marked its first fashion week presentation — where Morelli and chief executive officer Wendy Kahn revealed a modernized assortment of boots, flats, heels and handbags, many incorporating fur and lacing details. In the evening, a cocktail party celebrating the collection drew Solange Knowles, Camilla Belle, Nina Agdal and Doutzen Kroes. Morelli said of the brand and his plans, “Weitzman I think has solid background — in boots obviously and sandals [in particular]. The sense of craftsmanship behind the brand is very solid — it’s a good platform to start with. I want to add another layer of fashion but always with a sense of reality. It’s important you can wear all the shoes.” In January 2015, Coach Inc., now known as Tapestry, acquired the Stuart Weitzman brand from Sycamore Partners for $574 million. At the time, Weitzman himself pledged to gradually phase out his involvement in the label

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