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.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)