Tensions between the West and Russia may be rising over Crimea, but that hasn’t stopped European brands in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev from trading.
A Ferragamo spokesman said the brand’s store never shut — even during the height of the violent antigovernment protests earlier this year. He said that, due to the current situation, footfall on Kreshatyk Passage, the luxury shopping street where Ferragamo is located, has slowed, “but our store has never been closed, and all the planned marketing activities with our partners are continuing, but with a ‘soft profile.’”
A spokeswoman for Tom Ford said the Kiev store is currently open, but had been closed on-and-off since December due to the crisis. Chanel and Zara are also open, as is Marks & Spencer, which has 12 stores in Ukraine, half of which are in Kiev. “Some of the Kiev stores temporarily closed last month as a precaution. But now they are all trading, and we are working with our franchise partner to monitor the situation,” an M&S spokeswoman said Wednesday.
As reported, Fabergé, the London-based high-end jeweler, closed its Kiev boutique for the second time earlier this week due to “heightening security fears,” according to a spokeswoman. The store had been closed temporarily in February, and only reopened on March 4. Stephen Webster’s Kiev boutique was temporarily closed in February and early March, but the store has since reopened.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia