The Dr. Brandt Foundation is launching a new social media campaign called #sayiloveyou in conjunction with Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The effort is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the fight against suicide and depression.The foundation was established in honor of Dr. Fredric Brandt, the founder of Dr. Brandt Skincare. Brandt, who is credited with numerous innovations in dermatology, suffered from depression most of his life. He was found dead, an apparent suicide, in his Coconut Grove, Fla., home on April 5, 2015.“After the difficult journey of losing a friend and mentor to suicide, it really prompted me to research how many people are affected by this issue every day. I was truly astonished by the facts and numbers,” said Stephane Colleu, chief executive officer and president of Dr. Brandt Skincare. “According to the AFSP, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, more than 44,000 people die by suicide every year, that’s almost one person every 16 minutes. This really puts things into perspective.”Colleu added he felt “compelled to create a voice” for those who may be silently suffering and contemplating suicide. “As a foundation, we have made this our mission by starting an open conversation around depression and suicide, while engaging a digital audience with a strong, positive message via our #sayiloveyou campaign to raise both funds and awareness.”Beginning Sept. 10, and through the month, Dr. Brandt Skincare offers three actions to join the fight. One is to join the #sayiloveyou campaign, another is to shop with a purpose and the third is to donate to the cause. In the case of the hashtag campaign, users post an image of a heart on Instagram using #sayiloveyou. They then tag @drbrandt and ask three others to do the same. For every post, the Dr. Brandt Foundation will donate $1 to a specific project operated by the foundation up to $100,000 in aid of suicide prevention.To shop with a purpose, consumers can buy a limited-edition, specially priced #sayiloveyou skin-care kit (priced at $38 and valued at $75), complete with a themed tote bag. The kit contains a collection of Dr. Brandt Skincare bestsellers such as Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer, mini Microdermabrasion and Pores No More Luminizer Primer sample packet, along with a temporary heart tattoo. A percentage of proceeds will go to the Dr. Brandt Foundation. The final avenue is to donate directly to the cause by visiting drbrandtskincare.com.
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