HIGH ADVENTURE: High-end Belgian innerwear specialist Marie Jo L’Aventure has tapped local fashion label A.F. Vandevorst for a one-off lingerie line under the L’Aventure by A.F. Vandevorst banner.
Using lingerie of the future as its theme, the collection, which includes bras, panties and a suspender belt, will enter specialist lingerie stores in Europe and the U.S. in September. Details include a trompe l’oeil photographic felt print, panties with a sheer leg overlay echoing nylon stockings and corsets layered over transparent tulle bodies.
As the inspirational starting point for the collection, A.F. Vandevorst created three one-of-a-kind felt corsages molded onto wooden dummies using hat-making techniques. The conceptual installation this fall will tour Marie Jo L’Aventure stores in northern Europe, ending Dec. 7 to 19 in the entrance hall of Antwerp’s MoMu fashion museum before being auctioned in support of the Pink Ribbon Foundation to promote breast cancer awareness.
UNDER ONE ROOF: British intimates label Janet Reger has relocated its Knightsbridge store to North London’s quaint Belsize Village neighborhood. It is a cozy space filled with pastel and gem-hued lingerie. The new home unites the brand’s headquarters, showroom and store and carries the Janet Reger Couture and Naughty Janet labels. The 484-square-foot store features large mirrors to elongate the space, an oak display counter with frosted glass drawers and rails of merchandise in a neutral color scheme.
“I wanted to create a bijous boutique in the heart of Hampstead where we can accomplish a different experience to that of a department store,” said chief executive officer Aliza Reger. “This will include our one-of-a-kind items, comfortable setting and our overall passion for personal service.’’
La Petite Coquette, Catriona Mackechnie and Lavender Lace carry the label in the U.S. Prices start at 55 pounds, or $81 at current exchange, for a pair of silk French knickers and go to 250 pounds, or $370, for a silk robe.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)