“It’s such an honor for me to present my first men’s collection at Pitti: it’s a unique occasion to show the line’s integrated vision with our strong and authentic expressive signature style,” Melbostad said. “I want to reinforce the fundamental values which identify the collection, introducing my sensibility at the same time. In this perspective, I appreciate the support of Renzo Rosso, who trusts and inspires me.”
“We have been appreciating Melbostad’s talent for many years and we are very curious to see him at work on the Florentine scene also because the fair’s next edition will have a focus on music,” said Pitti Immagine chief executive officer Raffaello Napoleone. “According to Melbostad’s recent statements, we imagine that the Diesel Black Gold man will keep having a rock inspiration combined with an urban sensibility and a more sartorial approach, trendy and functional.”
Brazilian-born Casasola will be Pitti’s guest women’s wear designer. She noted that Pitti and Florence have a particular resonance for her. “It’s just so amazing because it goes back to my Italian heritage. I produce everything in Tuscany, I started my fashion career there when I was working for Cavalli, and I lived in Florence for two years — so it has so much meaning for me to be doing this and especially at this time, after our first show in London,” said the London-based designer.
Casasola will show a collection that introduces tailoring and men’s wear influences to her refined lineup. “We are going to show something that we haven’t done before,” she said. “I’m going to offer other things to the woman that I design for; inspired by men’s wear and, in a way, by Pitti itself because it is a men’s trade show. I love tailoring and I want to explore that side of my woman,” she said.
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