The Story: Sir Paul Smith will be present at the inauguration of this year’s Milano Unica textiles and accessories fair on Feb. 6. A special charity event is also lined up that day: a concert tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven put on by the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra with Zubin Mehta as conductor. Requested pledges, which benefit CESVI, a nongovernmental organization focused on human rights, health care and environmental responsibility, start at 20 euros (about $27.)
Mico Anteprima, a trend presentation previewing summer 2014, will take place adjacent to Milano Unica, Feb. 6 to 7. For information, contact anteprima-fair.com. RELATED STORY: The Milan Scene >>
Date: Feb. 6-8
Venue: Palazzo delle Stelline, 61 Corso Magenta, 20123 Milan
Contact: Tel.: +39-02-4801-5026
The Story: Intertex welcomes textile producers and exporters from all over the world. Exhibitors display fabrics, lace, embroidery, yarns, accessories and clothing for men, women and children.
Show: Super Date: Feb. 23-25
Venue: Fiera Milano, Pavilion 3, Piazza VI Febbraio, Milan
Fiera Milano, 1 Piazzale Carlo Magno, 20149 Milan; Tel.: +39-02-49-971
Web: fieramilano.it The Story: Organized jointly by Pitti Immagine and Fiera Milano, in collaboration with the city of Milan, this biannual fair offers a new exhibition space for women’s ready-to-wear and accessories, putting special emphasis on emerging brands and young Italian designers as well as attracting international guest designers and independent retailers.
Architects Peter Bonazzi and Denise Bonapace set up the space especially for Super’s debut edition, which launches in February during women’s fashion week. The location is worth a visit in and of itself: originally completed in 1923 for the Automobile Fair, Pavilion 3, also known as the Palazzo dello Sport (Sports Palace), has hosted everything from athletic events to performances by the Teatro alla Scala. Super is taking over Pitti’s trio of Touch, neoZone and Cloudnine fairs, which have been discontinued, while Fiera Milano is maintaining its MI Milano Pret-à-Porter fair next door.
Show: MI Milano Pret-à-Porter
Date: Feb. 23-25
Venue: Fiera Milano Mico Pavilion, Via Gattamelata, Gate 15, Milan.
Contact: MIPAP; Tel.: +39-02-499-71
The Story: MI Milano Pret-à-Porter, also known as MIPAP, has changed its location and is now neighbor to Super at Fiera Milano’s Mico Pavilion. The strategic placement of the two women’s ready-to-wear and accessories fairs is intended to create a new hub during women’s fashion week. MIPAP will maintain its Iconic section, dedicated to classic, tailored styles, and will expand its Stream section of more casual, trendy looks. Hothouse, the area focused on young designers, is no longer part of the lineup.
Date: March 2-4
Venue: Fieramilano, Strada Statale del Sempione, 28, 20017 Rho, Milan.
Contact: Mido; Tel.: +39-02-3267-3673
The Story: Mido, the massive eyewear fair that saw a total of 42,000 visitors in 2012, has its sights set on bringing even more vision experts to Milan this year. Through a new agreement with Trenitalia, Italy’s national train service, special high-speed charter trains will be available in Rome to bring opticians to Milan for the fair in three hours and at no personal expense. The train will make stops in Florence and Bologna, and in the evenings, a return service will make the same stops.
Visitors to the fair will have access to the Mido Design Lab, dedicated to highly creative eyewear; the Fashion District, home to top fashion brands; the Lenses Pavilion; the Mido Tech area, and the Asian Pavilion, which focuses on Asian eyewear producers. The Otticlub is also organizing workshops and meetings especially for opticians.
Shows: Micam, Mipel, Mifur
Date: March 3-6
Venue: Fieramilano Rho — Pero, 28 Strada Statale del Sempione, 20017 Rho, Milan.
The Story: The Micam, Mipel and Mifur trio of fairs will take place at Fieramilano Rho. Micam is the destination for shoe aficionados, while Mipel and Mifur cater to leather goods (bags, luggage, wallets and more) and fur experts, respectively.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews