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.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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