PARIS — Will the towels be quilted? The treatment tables upholstered in the same supple lamb leather as its iconic chain-handled bags?Such questions spring to mind as Chanel said that it plans to open its first spa at the Ritz Paris, confirming a report in WWD on April 29. In a brief statement, the French fashion house said “Chanel au Ritz Paris,” dedicated to the brand’s skin care, will open at year-end in the Ritz Club.The high-profile project is likely to further fan anticipation for the reopening of the mythic, five-star hotel, shuttered since July 2012 for an extensive renovation slated for completion late this year.It also represents a high-profile calling card for Chanel’s extensive skin-care range, whose profile has nevertheless trailed the brand’s fragrance and makeup categories.It is understood the Ritz spa is to be a one-off for the Rue Cambon fashion house, which has historic ties to the Place Vendôme hotel, whose famous residents included the late couturier for 34 years.The Ritz has long been famous for its Coco Chanel suite, and the shape of the Chanel No. 5 bottle is said to echo the configurations of buildings on the Place Vendôme, with the Ritz in a prime corner location. The hotel suite is also getting a facelift.“The story linking Chanel and the Ritz Paris would not be complete without the opening of a new Coco Chanel suite inspired by the one she originally occupied and by the decor she loved so much,” stated Chanel.The Ritz Paris basement pool has been the site of many fashion shows, particularly for Versace, and the hotel has housed famous models, editors, society figures and celebrities throughout the decades.Billed as the biggest refurbishment in the history of the 117-year-old establishment, the project involves revamping rooms, suites, restaurants, bars, the spa and leisure areas, in addition to the Ritz Escoffier cooking school and the hotel’s gardens.The Crillon hotel on Place de la Concorde, another fashion haunt, is also in the midst of a wide-ranging overhaul.Competition in the Paris luxury hotel sector has heated up with the arrival of three Asian-operated newcomers in recent years, including the Peninsula, the Shangri-La and the Mandarin Oriental Paris.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.