LONDON — The Seven Bar Foundation made its London debut last week, staging a charity fund-raiser in the British capital with runway shows by Agent Provocateur and Atsuko Kudo.
The charity aligns itself with lingerie firms in order to raise money for microfinance to help impoverished women set up businesses. In the past, Seven Bar has staged fund-raisers in New York, Miami, Paris and Shanghai.
“Europeans definitely do it better,” gushed Renata Mutis Black as she took to the runway at Old Billingsgate, the cavernous former fish market in east London, as the gala evening got underway. “This is the biggest thrill of my life to put this show together — it’s ladies’ night.”
Guests at the Lingerie London event were mostly industry figures, including Marigay McKee, chief merchant at Harrods, and Sebastian Manes, buying director of women’s wear at Selfridges. The Irish actor and comedian Chris O’Dowd and his wife Dawn Porter, a British TV presenter, also attended.
Atsuko Kudo, which specializes in Latex designs, staged a show of its pieces, which were paired with Nicholas Kirkwood platform shoes.
Agent Provocateur staged a theatrical show starting with dancers dressed in skimpy army uniforms and later featuring Marie Helvin, Olivia Inge and Peaches Geldof wearing lingerie and saucy nightwear from the brand.
The Agent Provocateur looks were paired with shoes from a new collaboration with Charlotte Olympia. The Candice and Bellatrix platforms were available to purchase straight off the runway on Net-a-porter.com, and afterward at Charlotte Olympia and Agent Provocateur retail stores.
Ten percent of all sales of the night were earmarked for the charity.
Pieces from the new Empowered by You lingerie collection also had a moment on the runway, with seven models showing off the designs. The collection is the first branded product to be created by the Seven Bar Foundation. It features second-skin Brazilian-cut thongs, with 20 percent from the sale of each panty to be donated to The Seven Bar Foundation.
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