DUBAI — The Dubai Design District is continuing to grow its offerings for nurturing emerging talent from the region, with the opening of the Swarovski Creative Center this month. The first of its kind, nonprofit center aims to be a platform for innovation, design resources and networking, and will be available to local design talent from disciplines including fashion, art and interiors.“We are seeking to establish an inspiring environment for aspiring and established designers,” explained Nadja Swarovski, member of the Swarovski executive board. “It’s a space to allow them to hone their talents and skills and to push forward creativity and innovation.”The 1,940-square-foot space is meant to be versatile and can be adapted to host creative workshops, talks, exhibitions and events. The center will support talent in three ways: By providing a space for innovation, inspiration and learning; offering materials, equipment and training for design and crystal application, and creating a hub for collaboration and new business opportunities.Swarovski said: “It is a pleasure to reaffirm our commitment to innovative design thinking and education with the new Swarovski Creative Center in Dubai. We look forward to seeing it become an inspirational hub for design in the region, helping to enable creative talent to develop and thrive.”The initiative builds upon prior support of Middle East-based talent by Swarovski. “Our experience with Emirati designer Zeinab Al Hashemi was an inspiration, and her thoughtful installation, which was displayed for the first time at Dubai Design Week, was much admired when we showed it at our booth at Baselworld," said Swarovski.Currently the hub is hosting an exhibition of Anjali Srinivasan’s ‘Unda,' a six-meter-long installation which is a rolling wave surface that combines glass elements with touch crystal technology which illuminates in response to human touch.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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