Bloomingdale’s has begun celebrating the Chinese New Year with an array of pop-up shops and a lineup of special events and prizes through Feb. 18.
This year, the Chinese celebrate the Year of the Snake on Feb. 10.
“Bloomingdale’s is excited to not only recognize and celebrate this special holiday, but the entire Chinese culture,” said Michael Gould, chairman and chief executive officer. “It is our hope that Chinese consumers and tourists, along with all of our loyal shoppers, will enjoy the festive holiday and culture rooted in tradition.”
“There’s a myriad of merchandise,” added Stephanie Solomon, Bloomingdale’s vice president of fashion direction. “It cuts across all families of business,” from fashion to home furnishings. It’s very curated and personal based on the colors, red, gold and black.”
As a nod to the Chinese red envelope tradition, shoppers at Bloomingdale’s stores on 59th Street in New York City, North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, San Francisco Centre and South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., can pick up red envelopes from Feb. 7 to 10, some of which will be filled with prizes such as a bMoney card in a denomination of $8, $88 or $888 (eight being a traditional lucky number in the Chinese culture), a complimentary small Forty Carrots yogurt in a limited-edition Taro Root flavor, a special limited-edition Chinese New Year shopping tote and other prizes.
Bloomingdale’s started installing limited-edition pop-up shops on Monday with products provided by Seven For All Mankind, Altru, Asian Loft, Audiology, Baccarat, Christofle, Carmen Marc Valvo Couture, Charles Philip Shanghai, Chaser, DCI, J Brand, Kenneth Jay Lane, Maximilian, me.n.u, Natori and Salvatore Ferragamo, among other brands.
Bloomingdale’s is recognizing the growing importance of the Chinese consumers with programs for Chinese tourists offered at Bloomingdale’s locations in New York, Chicago, Miami and San Francisco, including a savings pass and gift-with-purchase. Additional visitor services include a multilingual visitors center staff and directories. At Bloomingdale’s locations nationwide, there are 187 Chinese-speaking associates, both Mandarin- and Cantonese-speaking.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)