PARIS –Shu Uemura will be withdrawn from the U.K. market during the course of this year, the Japanese beauty brand’s parent company L’Oréal said on Friday.“L’Oréal has taken this decision in order to prioritize and fully focus commercial efforts on new brands within the Luxury Division of the company,” the French beauty giant said in a statement. “There is no job loss associated with this change, as all staff working on the Shu Uemera brand will be offered other positions.”Although Shu Uemera will be pulled from the U.K., consumers there can still purchase its products through the e-commerce site run by French department store Le Bon Marché, L’Oréal said.Meanwhile, Shu Uemura Art of Hair, which is run through L’Oréal’s Professional Products Division, will continue to trade in the U.K. through professional salons.L’Oréal has been acquisitive of late, adding niche fragrance label Atelier Cologne and IT Cosmetics to its Luxury Division in 2016, for instance.Upcoming projects for Tokyo-based Shu Uemura include a capsule collection created with cult Japanese streetwear and jewelry brand Ambush. The wide-ranging spring 2017 line from the brand comprises more than 30 products set to hit counters on May 1, as reported.Shu Uemura has hosted seasonal collaborations over the past decade with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Maison Kitsuné and Yaz Bukey.
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