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.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)