A “modern-day version of Sarah Bernhardt.” That’s who Lorenz Baumer, Louis Vuitton’s artistic director for jewelry, envisioned when designing his latest collection for the house, which he named Chain Attraction. “I had in mind an interesting, exciting and challenging woman,” he said, using those same adjectives to describe his design process. “I want women to wear the jewelry in an unexpected way...as with a simple T-shirt to the grocery store.”
The collection was broken into four groups, each centered around a large pendant necklace and featuring bracelets, earrings and rings. With the Talisman line, Baumer interpreted the symbols for power, protection and luck with various stones. The centerpiece necklace was bedecked with Imperial topaz stone in an unusal reddish-pink hue. Set in front of white diamonds, the topaz cast a pink light on the diamonds. The Hologram group featured a blue tourmaline pendant that had a near-neon tint, while the standout in the Hypnose group was a long necklace made from extremely rare green Peacock pearls with a pendant in black onyx and emeralds. The Attraction group featured Mandarin garnets from Burma as a faceted center stone and rare bead-cut stones that hung like fringe from an opal-encrusted setting. It would indeed stop traffic at the local Stop & Shop.
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