MILAN —Barack Obama is here. The former President of the United States landed in Milan around midday — local time — on Monday. The main reason of his visit is the third edition of the Seeds & Chips international food summit, during which Obama will speak to 3,500 people.Welcomed like a rock star, Obama arrived wearing denim pants and a leather jacket, and headed to the central Park Hyatt hotel, according to media reports. This is the same lodging chosen by Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia during their visit in June 2015, for the Expo.Outside the hotel, a crowd of local supporters was waiting behind barriers to catch a glimpse of the former President. But that was not the case: for security reasons, Obama accessed the luxury hotel from a secondary entrance, while the whole city has strengthened defense measures for the visit.After a lunch at the hotel, Obama headed to the Ambrosian gallery, which includes a historic library showcasing Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus volume of drawings and writings.According to media reports, Obama’s agenda for the day also includes a meeting with Italy’s former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and a visit to Leonardo da Vinci’s "Last Supper." In the evening, an exclusive dinner organized by the Obama Foundation will be hosted at the Ispi, the institute of international politics studies.Obama will also receive the keys of the city from Milan’s mayor Giuseppe Sala, but details of the ceremony are undisclosed.On May 9, the 44th president of the United States will be guest of honor at the Seeds & Chips summit, which runs May 8 to 11 at Rho Fiera Milano fairgrounds. The summit focuses on innovations in the food business, ranging from new production techniques and food security to the sustainability and accessibility of the food chain.Obama will hold a 30-minute speech focusing on correct nutrition, food wastefulness and food of the future. In addition, he will talk with chef Sam Kass, Obama’s senior food policy adviser, who also took part in Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move program to contrast obesity in the U.S.Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights; Italian minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda; Milan’s mayor Giuseppe Sala and Mehmood Khan, vice president of PepsiCo, will be among the other guests attending the summit.The venue is expected to be sold out, with more than 3,500 people attending. According to media reports, some of them have spent up to 850 euros, or $930, to have a pass and gain access to Obama’s speech.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews