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.
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@badgalriri’s @fentybeauty launch in September was a massive success on social media, powering $72.9 million of earned media value, according to Tribe Dynamics. The brand’s foundation offering sparked conversations about diversity in beauty, launching the growth of emerging influencers and propelling the brand’s support on social media. Today, #fentybeauty won Launch of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📷: Chema Moya/EPE-EFE)
@marianna_hewitt has become one of the most influential content creators in the beauty space, with almost 800,000 Instagram followers and a newly launched skin care line called @SummerFridays. Today, she was awarded Influencer of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📸: @sophiachabbott )
As shopping behaviors evolve, the retail experience must follow. Head over to retail experts @colliersinternational’s Knowledge Leader series to read more about the shift in our shopping era. #colliersretail #lovecolliers
@prada opened a pop-up club, called Prada Double Club, in collaboration with German artist Cartsen Höller at @artbasel Miami. Last night, guests – including @youngparis, @ritaora and even Miuccia Prada herself – gathered in a former ice factory where the pop-up is housed for a performance from @wyclefjean. Go to WWD.com for full coverage on all the exhibits, parties and more at #ArtBaselMiami. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@louboutinworld and @disney are making magic once again, creating a set of shoe designs for the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Louboutin designed a pair of shoes for each of the film’s four female leads: Rey (@daisyridrey), Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (@lauradern), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and Rose Tico (@kellymarietran). The shoes will debut on Saturday at the L.A. premiere of the latest episode. #wwdfashion
Today at the #BeautyIncAwards 2017, WWD will be joined by beauty leaders from around the world as we honor this year's most innovative people, products, brands and places. Follow along here and on Twitter for live coverage from the exclusive event. #wwdsummits (📷: @elizaflorendo)
Exclusive: Beauty superinfluencer @marianna_hewitt is launching her first-ever skin care brand with her business partner @laurengores. Their new line Summer Fridays, which will be sold exclusively at summerfridays.com starting in January, is launching with just one product – a hydrating cream Jet Lag Mask. “We wanted to focus on one product that was amazing,” said Hewitt. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Michelin star-rated chef PJ Calapa marks his first solo endeavor with today’s opening of @scampinyc –– the new Southern Italian restaurant located in Manhattans’ Flatiron District. The upscale yet welcoming environment matches the menu, which includes two types of scampi: traditional Italian langoustines in butter and the Americanized version with shrimp over pasta 🍤 - pictured here. #wwdeye (📷: George Chinsee)