MILAN -- Believe it or not, the same designers who battle bitterly over a show calendar have managed to stick together for a decade to support Convivio, an AIDS fund-raiser held here every two years. More than 140 brands, including 50 fashion...
MILAN--Believe it or not, the same designers who battle bitterly over a show calendar have managed to stick together for a decade to support Convivio, an AIDS fund-raiser held here every two years.More than 140 brands, including 50 fashion houses like Versace, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Gucci, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Missoni, Roberto Cavalli and Dolce & Gabbana, supported the five-day Convivio extravaganza June 6-10. It kicked off with a flea market, a dinner and a disco party for 3,000.More than 60,000 people, hungry for designer items at half the retail price, flocked to the market where some 800 volunteers acted like traffic cops to maintain order and the flow of the crowd as well as avoid congestion at the cashiers.Prada sold 1,660 items--including bowling bags, sunglasses and nylon wallets--for a total of $88,000. Gucci, meanwhile, sold 500 bags, including the Jackie style. On opening night, Donatella Versace worked at her stand in a black pantsuit with fluorescent green piping. Pastel-colored shades, Versace sport apparel and jeans were snapped up, bringing in $192,000.Armani sold all 5,000 pieces that it brought, including apparel, accessories, fragrance, linens and home goods. Bestsellers were canvas and leather totes made exclusively for Armani by prisoners at the San Vittore Prison.For the first time, furniture, interior design, home goods and technology firms also lent their support."The goal is to beat the $1.8 million mark of the last edition," said Versace, who showed up with her children, Allegra and Daniel, on opening night. Her late brother Gianni initiated the event. "With this project, Gianni pushed the designers to work together--not an easy task--and if he were here, he would say thank-you to everyone."With a total of about $2.3 million raised, it was mission accomplished.Franca Sozzani, editor in chief of Italian Vogue and Convivio's chief organizer, said: "When Gianni first called me with this idea, I thought he was crazy. Now, after 10 years, I can say it was a fantastic idea and it shows that fashion can be extremely supportive of serious problems."
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
Discovery is collaborating with British pop artist @philipcolbert on a new line of clothing and accessories called Discovery Shark. The collection, which will launch next summer for Shark Week’s 30th anniversary, features a whimsical line of women’s and men’s bomber jackets, sweatshirts, bags and more. #wwdfashion
“I’m always a big champion of a female rapper, and I’m glad to see a new voice that feels unique and authentic that’s coming up, and I think we’re going to see more great things from her,” said @itsjeremyscott about @iamcardib, who performed at @moschino’s Art Basel Miami Beach party last night. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@janellemonae’s “What’s Your Frequency?” room in @refinery29's #29Rooms made its debut this week at the opening of the Los Angeles art exhibit. “It’s about the ongoing conversation around mass surveillance, the weaponization of technology and cultural uniformity. My space was created so that we can come together and talk about the complexities of our humanity,” said Monáe. #wwdeye (📷: @bucknerphoto)
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)