PARIS — A dozen teams are to compete in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, a yachting regatta to be held in Auckland, New Zealand, in February.
Those participating in the series, initiated after Vuitton withdrew its 25-year sponsorship from the qualifying series for the America’s Cup last year, include America’s BMW Oracle and Switzerland’s Alinghi, which remain embroiled in a legal fight over the America’s Cup. “Getting all the teams back on the water is a good thing,” said BMW Oracle’s Russell Coutts during a conference at New Zealand’s embassy here Thursday.
Initially planned for just six teams, the 12 were selected on a first-come, first-served basis and represent 10 countries, including Greece, China and South Africa, with two more teams on a waiting list. “It shows the passion for this event,” said Vuitton chairman and chief executive officer Yves Carcelle.
“There’s enormous interest in the world already,” added New Zealand’s French ambassador, Sarah Dennis. Unlike the America’s Cup, competitors will race on the same pairs of boats, equipped to be as technically identical as possible.
While Vuitton’s marketing and communications director, Pietro Beccari, said the house won’t embark on new sponsorship tie-ins next year, given the difficult economic period, the Pacific Series, expected to attract thousands of New Zealand’s sailing-enthusiastic public, is part of Vuitton’s “fewer but bigger” strategy.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)