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."
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)