NEW YORK — Uniqlo’s second SPRZ NY collection introduces collaborations with artists such as Julian Opie, Robert Mapplethorpe, Sam Francis, David Shrigley and El Lissitzky. The collection is part of the continuing partnership with the Museum of Modern Art here and consists of 200 items, including Uniqlo’s signature Ultra Light Down as well as long-sleeve T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, blankets and other seasonal products.
Uniqlo’s SPRZ NY, or Surprise New York, features the work of well-known artists on T-shirts and other products through a collaboration with MoMA. SPRZ NY, which launched in March, features three mainstay artists, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, who will always be represented in the collection. Other artists rotate in and out every three months. Items designated MoMA Special Edition are based on works by artists from the museum’s collection and new designs made in collaboration with living artists. Each item features a hangtag inspired by or created by the artist.
The SPRZ NY line will introduce a new kids line intended to provide children access to these artists through clothing. A total of 44 items, including sweatshirts, sweatpants and T-shirts, will be offered in colors and designs that appeal to kids. Products will be available at Uniqlo stores worldwide, although not every store will carry the full collection. The complete assortment can be purchased via the Web site sprzny.uniqlo.com and at Uniqlo’s Fifth Avenue flagship.
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