BIGGER AND BETTER: Accessories still bring in the customers, as evidenced by the Louis Vuitton event at Bloomingdale’s on Thursday night.
The party to celebrate the newly opened Vuitton shop within Bloomingdale’s drew scores of Vuitton clients. The in-store boutique, which opened in 1995, has tripled to almost 3,900 square feet and now has three levels. Additional product categories such as men’s and footwear were added to the mix of handbags, eyewear and shoes. There is also a permanent two-story Louis Vuitton monogram pattern with a changing LED light display that covers the store’s corner at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue.
“We have a very long-term view of our business,” said Daniel Lalonde, president and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton North America. “We have been looking forward to growing our footprint at the New York flagship for several years.”
Michael Gould, Bloomingdale’s chairman and chief executive officer, said of the space, “It’s a great growth opportunity for us.”
There are talks to expand Louis Vuitton into other Bloomingdale’s locations.
LOUBOUTIN GOES LATIN: Christian Louboutin is opening his first South American boutique at Iguatemi São Paulo, one of Brazil’s top fashion centers that also houses the likes of Gucci, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
Like all Louboutin stores worldwide, the São Paulo boutique will house the brand’s red-soled stilettos, espadrilles, flats and growing handbag collection in a stylish setting. Designed in partnership with New York-based architect Eric Clough of 212box, the store will also be the only Christian Louboutin boutique to feature a facade of imbuia wood — grown exclusively in Southern Brazil — carved with thousands of intricate drawings.
“In such a pretty mall, I want to have my prettiest shoes,” said Louboutin. “Iguatemi São Paulo is the essence of Brazil — a mix of style and culture, supported by a splendid administration.”
The 865-square-foot store space is the designer’s 17th store worldwide and will open in March.
AWARDS SEASON: When the third annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards is presented in June, there will be more than just handbags. The contest has added a shoe category, as well.
Applications are now open for categories such as best student-made bag, greenest bag and best shoe. Sponsors include Crystallized Swarovski Elements, Singer Sewing Co., Parsons The New School for Design, Pantone, Foot Petals, Devi Kroell and M&J Trimming. Prizes include a free booth at WWDMAGIC, a “designer feature” on Singer Sewing’s Web site and an apprenticeship with Devi Kroell. Lulu Guinness will also be honored as this year’s Iconoclast recipient for her 20 years of achievement in handbag design.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)