PARIS — Paris is getting a healthy dose of J-beauty.That’s thanks to a pop-up shop carrying 14 brands linked to Japan in the country’s cultural center, the Maison de la Culture du Japon, located on the Left Bank here.Running for one month, through May 27, it’s called The Japan Store Isetan Mitsukoshi x Bijo (Japanese for “beautiful woman”) and takes center stage in the gift shop. There, a long wooden table running down its center is chockablock with products.They’re hailing from brands not well-known in France today. “They are more niche. But in Japan, they are really very popular, very innovative and interesting,” explained Keiko Suyama, who masterminded the pop-up concept.She noted that retailers in Paris had carved out areas for Asian beauty products, but that they only included South Korean or Chinese brands.“It’s somewhat of a shame that people don’t know Japanese beauty at all — except for Shiseido, Kosé and Sensai,” she said, ticking off some of the country’s largest labels.“This was to be a good occasion to show the entire Japanese beauty universe,” she continued.Among the brands on display is Colors Japonica — a three-year-old fragrance label for interiors founded by Shizuko Yoshikuni and Manuel Kuschnig. “It consists of four fragrances, all inspired by shades and tones and moods of the colors associated with traditional Japanese colors,” said Yoshikuni.The duo is also behind a line called Airo, created in their Aoiro Airdesign olfactive atelier based in Berlin and in Tokyo.“We were really pleased with this context and this location,” said Yoshikuni, referring to the pop-up.[caption id="attachment_10877435" align="alignnone" width="300"] A candle from Colors Japonica.[/caption]Other brands present include Uka, which was founded by Kiho Watanabe, a celebrity manicurist. The wide-ranging line boasts products for nails, hands and hair.[caption id="attachment_10877434" align="alignnone" width="300"] Uka balms[/caption]Suwada, which was founded in 1926, produces must-have, top-of-the-line grooming tools for men in Japan, according to Suyama.Slim Cera beauty rollers’ design takes a cue from traditional Eastern medicine, created to help circulation and energy flows in a person’s body.Ruhaku is an organic line of skin-care products, whose formulas are based on the getto plant, which is billed to be an ingredient contributing to longevity.Los Angeles-based, Tokyo-born designer Yuya Takahashi’s metallic hair ornaments — including a signature feather-shaped barrette — are part of the offer, as well.Another brand with a focus on nails is Kobako, which has files created for particular effects, such as specific angles or shapes.Eau de Ki is a lotion based on a mix of eight plants used in Wakan medicine, a mélange of Chinese and Japanese medicine, and four herbs from the West.The other brands at the pop-up are Juttoku, Makanai, Panasonic Beauty, Parfum Satori, Shaquda and Shigeta.
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