WHO ARE YOU CHARLIE?: Such was the cryptic message on the invitation to a cocktail hosted by Lancel Tuesday evening in Paris, and everyone had their own view on the subject.
“Charlie Chaplin,” said actress Joana Preiss, who will begin shooting in Spain this September a movie she wrote.
“Charlie’s Angels,” said novelist Eliette Abécassis. “I love playing ‘Charlie’s Angels’ when I was little. I was Jaclyn,” she added, referring to Jaclyn Smith, who played the role of Kelly in the hit TV series.
“Charlie is the boy who is attractive to girls,” said Solène Hebert. It turns out that the rising actress and model, who appeared in Jalil Lespert’s “Yves Saint Laurent” biopic last year and has also modeled for several luxury brands, was actually sporting the true answer on her arm.
For the Compagnie Financière Richemont-owned brand, Charlie is the first creation by the house’s new creative director Nicole Stulman, who has been charged with reviving the storied brand, giving it a more upscale positioning and making it appeal to today’s consumers.
The Charlie is a 48-hour bag inspired by Lancel’s archives from the Sixties.
It was unveiled in the Cour du Mûrier, a hidden courtyard with frescoed galleries in Paris’ Beaux-Arts, with a jazz band playing in the background, giving a nostalgic Saint-Germain vibe, ahead of an official launch during women’s ready-to-wear in September.
The core Charlie line is made of buffalo leather and will initially be available in black, red and alabaster in two sizes starting September, while python, ostrich and water-snake versions will also be available. The range will be expanded next spring with more colors and shapes.
“It was supposed to only be launched next spring,” said Lancel chief executive officer Marianne Romestain, who joined the brand in February. “But when we saw it we all loved it so much that we decided to launch it early.
“Nicole will be working on a complete repositioning of the brand,” Romestain continued. “We want to make people fall in love with [it] again.”
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion