AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam’s inaugural edition of Denim Days got off to an energetic start Wednesday as the first Kingpins fair in Europe opened to solid reviews.
Held at a former gas works, the Westergasfabriek-Gashouder building, with exhibitors set up around its perimeter, show founder Andrew Olah said he was happy with the turnout, although he focused on the broader purpose of the show and related events throughout Amsterdam during rest of the week.
“The paradigm we are creating here is different than any other show because we are part of an event, from a business-to-business day, business-to-consumer section and education, to a vintage section,” he said. “The participation in an industry event was very important to the success of the show.” RELATED STORY: Amsterdam Set for Kingpins, Denim Days >>
Adriano Goldschmied, a partner at Citizens of Humanity and GoldSign who’ll address a by-invitation-only presentation during the subsequent Blueprint event aimed at consumers, voiced approval of the show concept and layout.
“They have to keep this formula; it works,” he said. “There is good energy here and it is professional.”
He won’t be attending the Denim by Première Vision show taking place in Barcelona this month because of other travel obligations. “I cannot go but, honestly, it was not a good idea for PV to move to Barcelona because the business of denim is here in northern Europe.”
Denim by PV begins its two-day run at the Montjuïc exhibition center on May 21.
Veteran Italian denim designer Piero Turk liked what he termed the “democratic display where you don’t need huge stands to show off how much money you are making.”
Advances in product development and sustainability options stood out for him. “Like at any other trade show, you think you have seen it all but in the end you find something new,” he said. “At this show, the technical stands out in both treatments and new washes.”
Marly Nijssen, a Diesel veteran who currently serves as a designer and creative consultant to Amsterdam-based G-Star Raw, also seized on the sustainability issue, but added a note of feminism, noting that many of the firms exhibiting, including Turkey’s Bossa Denim and Orta, are owned and operated by women.
“Whether they are showing new treatments that use less water to using chemicals that are nontoxic or less toxic, we did not have as many denim suppliers last year talking about the same topic.”
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