MILAN — Design-driven technology continues to be a growth path for companies both in and outside the fashion world.
Footwear brand Roger Vivier has launched a Web site, rogervivier.com, which includes the house’s collections as well as information on the firm’s history. The site soon will add an e-commerce function, but only for select clients.
Agence Super Gazole, along with Vivier’s designer Bruno Frisoni and brand ambassador Ines de la Fressange, designed the site, which also includes a blog called “Carnet d’Ines,” where the company’s longtime muse shares insider addresses and discoveries.
Meanwhile, two brands have further expanded their mobile phone offerings. Prada and Porsche have both launched their second mobile phones, each priced at 600 euros, or $817 at current exchange. Both phones will be in stores in November.
Prada hopes to do even better with its second phone with South Korean giant LG Electronics Inc. after selling one million units of its first touch screen phone.
The black and silver phone has an exclusive slide out Qwerty (one letter per key) keyboard that differentiates it from its predecessor. Thanks to this keyboard, a spokesman claimed, the phone is the first ever that can be used both vertically (with the touch screen function) or horizontally (with the keyboard).
Other features include a five megapixel camera, a video call function and a full-power HTML browser. The phone initially will be sold only in Europe.
The second mobile from sports car powerhouse Porsche is the P’9522, which will be sold in the 73 Porsche Design stores worldwide, including the four in the U.S.
The gray and black device, with a 2.8-inch touch screen, is made from a solid block of aluminum covered with an antiscratch glass sheet.
A sensor imprinted with the owner’s fingerprints protects personal data, and the phone also has a camera, an auto focus video camera, an MP3 reader and a high-speed Wi-Fi connection. Sales forecasts were unavailable.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia