ALL THAT GLITTERS: Crystallized Swarovski Elements has partnered with fashion, accessories and tabletop designers for “Unbridaled: The Marriage of Tradition and Avant Garde,” a tome devoted to bridal designs, with a U.S. launch set for mid-October. John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, Phillip Lim and Vera Wang are among those who have created pieces using Crystallized Swarovski Elements to showcase bridal fashion. Entries include a dazzling Galliano gown and accessories from the likes of Stephen Jones and Jimmy Choo.
Crystallized Swarovski Elements is a new product brand for loose Swarovski crystals. To mark the launch, contributors to “Unbridaled” will fete the book and unveil a wedding exhibition Wednesday at the Rockefeller Center’s rooftop garden in New York at an event hosted by Nadja Swarovski, a yet-to-be-named special guest and event designer Preston Bailey. More than 100 designers, including some who specialize in floral arrangements, stationery and even pastry, pitched in for the book, which is being sold at assouline.com.
Select pieces featured in the book will be displayed in a suite during the Wedding Channel Couture show at the InterContinental-Barclay Hotel from Oct. 18 to 20. Swarovski plans to use the suite to show how crystal is used within the bridal industry.
— Caroline Tell
VERA’S NEW DIGS: Vera Wang is heading downtown and plans to open her first freestanding store for her ready-to-wear and Lavender labels. The boutique is expected to open at 158 Mercer Street next month. The designer also has plans to open two stores in Los Angeles. One will be for rtw and bridal, and the other will be dedicated to the Lavender label. Both stores are planned for Melrose Avenue and are slated to open in March.
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