DALLAS — Christian Dior plans to open its only full-line women’s store in Texas in February at Highland Park Village here, joining Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent as the third European fashion house to set early 2013 debuts at the center.
Highland Park Village owners Ray and Heather Washburne and Stephen and Elisa Summers have intensified the center’s focus on luxury since they bought it in 2009.
“We’re having a great time filling the village with the cutting-edge of fashion that represents what people are wanting,” said Stephen Summers, who manages leasing. His wife, Elisa, and Heather Washburne are sisters and heirs to part of the H.L. Hunt oil fortune.
“Dallas is a major market for fashion, and Stephen and his family have done a fantastic job of upgrading that center,” said Pamela Baxter, president of Christian Dior Couture. “We’re very excited to get it open and start cultivating the local Dallas client.” RELATED STORY: Dior Opens Renovated Milan Boutique >>
The Dior store spans 3,300 square feet plus 1,300 feet of storage space. Formerly a camera shop, the store will be decorated with many of the same furnishings, textures and hues as the company’s Peter Marino-designed flagship in New York.
The YSL store, which measures 1,758 square feet, is located between Christian Louboutin and Diane von Furstenberg. McQueen plans a spring opening for its 1,758-square-foot boutique, its fifth in the U.S.
The Dallas unit will be Dior’s 15th in the U.S. Dior is also preparing to open its fourth U.S. Dior Homme store in late November in the Miami Design District, Baxter added.
Baxter declined to project sales but said they should be in line with the center’s average productivity, which Stephen Summers pinned at $1,782 a square foot for fashion tenants.
Summers said overall sales are up 12 percent year this year through August and ahead 15 percent for the last 12 months.
YSL had been expected to open earlier, but Summers said it’s been delayed as Hedi Slimane, who last month showed his first collection for the house, “is putting his touch on everything.”
Among the Village’s newest fashion brands are Akris, Lela Rose and Billy Reid, while longtime tenants include Hermès, Chanel, St. John, Polo Ralph Lauren and Escada. The center also houses Carolina Herrera, Harry Winston, Christian Louboutin, Diane von Furstenberg, Scoop, Jimmy Choo, Tory Burch, Vince and Beretta.
@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
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)