PARIS — Tightening its links to the art world, Chanel said Wednesday it would be a principal sponsor of the French Pavilion at this summer's Venice Biennale, which will feature the work of Sophie Calle.
In addition, WWD has learned that Karl Lagerfeld and Zaha Hadid will be in Venice June 9 for a joint press conference to reveal details of the traveling art pavilion being constructed by the avant-garde architect.
The spaceship-like structure — dubbed Chanel Contemporary Art Container and currently under construction on the Isle of Wright — is expected to alight in Hong Kong for its inaugural exhibition before traveling to other world capitals. Lagerfeld has christened the initiative "Mobile Art."
A fan of Hadid's futuristic buildings and furniture and an avid photographer, Lagerfeld also plans to document the making of the structure.
"She broke the visual impact of Bauhaus," Lagerfeld said.
In recent years, Chanel has stepped up its art-related activities, commissioning works for important flagships in Hong Kong, Paris and Tokyo. As reported, the brand's new Beverly Hills location, slated to open in July, will feature artworks by Jean-Michel Othoniel, Paolo Pivi, Johan Creten, Peter Dayton and François-Xavier Lalanne.
Calle's art is conceptual, examining — often through voyeurism — such subjects as human vulnerability, identity and intimacy. To wit: When selected to represent France at the art fair, Calle placed a want ad seeking an exhibition curator, a vetting process that resulted in 200 replies and the ultimate selection of Daniel Burn. The Biennale runs from June 10 to Nov. 21.
Meanwhile, Zahid's collapsible pavilion — with a shell of fiberglass-reinforced plastic etched in a grid pattern in homage to Chanel — boasts exhibition space of more than 6,000 square feet. The 7,500-square-foot pavilion also will house a cafeteria, cloakroom, reception area and restrooms.
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)