CANNES, France — The Tax Free World Association annual meeting’s most recent session kicked off on Oct. 21 with its traditional opening cocktail reception featuring a vivid fireworks display at the Palm Beach Hotel here.
That night, Cofinluxe also held its customary swinging beachside dinner — replete with a live band — for its distributors, hosted by company chairman and chief executive officer Jean-Pierre Grivory.
The next evening, at the Hôtel Majestic Barrière, Inter Parfums Inc. held a cocktail gathering to showcase the first scent it created with Anna Sui, called La Vie de Bohème. The event marked a complete circle for the fashion designer, who 15 years ago launched her first, signature scent in Cannes.
“Anna is a key priority brand for Inter Parfums,” said Jean Madar, chairman and ceo of Inter Parfums Inc., to a packed crowd. “We have high expectations to grow the Anna Sui franchise to a new level of global exposure and sales by developing new products and expanding our business strategy in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East.”
On Oct. 23, Art & Fragrance threw a party at the Hôtel Majestic Barrière to showcase the launch of a new Lalique women’s fragrance, called Satine, and the debut olfactive project for Bentley, a signature men’s scent.
“Bentley and Lalique have so much in common,” said Silvio Denz, chairman of Art & Fragrance. “Both companies have a similar history: [They] have been founded around the turn of the last century. Both companies have two visionaries — one was Walter Bentley and the other one was René Lalique. Both companies have for their vision heritage, craftsmanship, precision and fine quality.”
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
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion