MILAN —Fendi has unveiled its new London store.Located on Sloane Street, the two-story boutique was designed by hip Milanese interior design firm Dimore Studio founded in 2013 by Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran.“We are happy to have worked with Dimore Studio on the Sloane store, which is truly distinctive, sophisticated and with a whispered luxury and intimate feel expressed through the details and the materials chosen,” said Fendi chairman and chief executive officer Pietro Beccari. “They have perfectly translated our codes into an ideal Fendi apartment in London, such an iconic destination for luxury, culture and design, as well as a very important market both for local and international clients.”Over the years, Dimore Studio has developed several projects in collaboration with Fendi, including the decoration of the luxurious suites inside Rome’s Palazzo Fendi opened in 2016 and the design of the Fendi Courchevel store, which was inaugurated last April.[caption id="attachment_11070847" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Fendi flagship on London's Sloane Street.[/caption]"We were inspired by a high-rise Roman apartment of the Sixties, reinterpreted in a contemporary way cleverly mixing hints from the past with a chic and sophisticated style,” Salci said. “We have a wonderful relationship with Fendi of mutual esteem and sympathy, which has been lasting for years. Designing their boutique in London was a natural consequence of this long-lasting relationship.”A combination of contemporary pieces, vintage designs and art objects define the cozy space infused with a homey feel.The first level, which is dedicated to women’s accessories and bags, features a kilim carpeted flooring, a ceiling covered with hundreds of light pink Plexi prisms and hosts several design icons, such as an Alain Delon’s freestanding mirror and three Pierre Cardin wood chairs from the Seventies.Graphic stairs lead to the second floor, which comprises two distinct areas, one for women’s wear and one for men’s wear. The space dedicated to women’s ready-to-wear collections, which also includes a VIP area, is defined by pink plaster walls and is decorated with a curved sofa, Chinese bamboo chairs from the 19th century, as well as an impressive chandelier.[caption id="attachment_11070845" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Fendi flagship on London's Sloane Street.[/caption]On the other side of the floor, the men’s area resonates with the masculine vibe of a gentlemen’s club with its mocha walls, lacquered crock shelves and Vienna straw panels. A rotating radica wood cupboard lined with fabrics dominates the space, which also features iconic design pieces, such as a Gianfranco Frattini’s table lamp and a Seventies’ armchair by Luigi Caccia Dominioni.
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