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.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over the top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty