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.
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)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)