KIKOiD store in Milan's Corso Vittorio Emanuele II.
MILAN – Kiko Milano is going big.To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Italian beauty powerhouse is opening its largest store in the world in Milan on Wednesday.Located in the central Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, the 2,153-square-foot unit will debut a new concept, named “KIKOiD,” offering new beauty services.Among these, a customization program enables clients to personalize their purchases with initials, symbols and inscriptions. In particular, a dual-arm robot in the store offers laser incisions in less than a minute, selected through a touch-screen application.To boost the interaction with customers and the digital presence in the store, a range of tablets featuring dedicated apps offers tips and product suggestions based on customers' needs.For in-depth consultations, the unit also debuts a private room featuring three reserved makeup stations for customers requesting private one-to-one makeup services with beauty experts.[caption id="attachment_11055483" align="aligncenter" width="683"] Reserved makeup stations inside KIKOiD store in Milan.[/caption]Conceived by Japanese archistar Kengo Kuma, with whom the brand started to collaborate in 2015, the store’s interior concept has a design dominated by wide spaces and glass windows creating a luminous environment.Putting the brand’s signature range of colorful products at the center of the store, Kuma opted for an all-white approach for the space. In doing so, interiors serve as a white canvas to showcase over 1,400 make-up, skincare and accessories products and more than 1,000 new, limited-edition offerings launched by the brand every year.The high ceiling is also a key feature in the unit, with its crisscross structure made of sustainable, laminated boards.Such elements recreate the brand’s double-K logo and represent a signature design of the architect, as they are also present in the other units curated by Kuma. These include the Kiko Milano stores in the Italian cities of Bergamo and Bologna, and 13 other international stores, including Madrid, Dubai, Brussels and Moscow.[caption id="attachment_11055484" align="aligncenter" width="683"] KIKOiD store in Milan's Corso Vittorio Emanuele II.[/caption]Earlier this year, to kick-off the 20th anniversary celebrations, Kiko Milano launched a partnership with Vogue Italia. The glossy fashion magazine selected seven young designers from its Vogue Talents project to make limited-edition capsule collections inspired by the brand’s list of core values, including signature Italian style, creativity, innovation and experimentation.The program involved collaborations with emerging labels Super Duper Hats, Leitmotiv, Arthur Arbesser, Benedetta Bruzziches, Isa Arfen, Giannico, Au Jour le Jour. Starting from March, every month, a designer released a capsule collection based on different themes which were named “Less is better;” “Tropic heat;” “Active fluo;” “Mini divas;” “Asian touch;” “Candy split” and “Into the dark.”A range of related, limited-edition little charms was designed so consumers could collect them and customize a bracelet launched for the anniversary.Founded in 1997 by entrepreneurs Stefano and Antonio Percassi, Kiko Milano debuted its first corner in the iconic Fiorucci store in Milan the same year. Now the brand’s retail network counts over 1,000 stores in 21 countries, in addition to an e-commerce channel spanning 35 countries.In 2016, Kiko Milano registered revenues of more than 600 million euros.In addition to Kiko Milano, the commercial and real estate giant Percassi Group owns the Madina, Womo and Bullfrog beauty brands.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)