Gucci creative director Frida Giannini last week opened the fashion house’s first temporary exhibition at São Paulo’s luxury Iguatemi Mall.
The three-week “Forever Now’’ show replicates Gucci’s Museo in Florence, and pays tribute to the fashion house’s heritage while looking to the future. That is precisely Giannini’s philosophy after 10 years as the brand’s chief designer.
Historic and contemporary pieces are on display at the Brazilian mall, on loan from the Gucci Museo. They are organized in different spaces that are decorated with the house’s signature motifs and collections, including Flora, Bamboo, Travel, Horsebit and the couture Premiere line.
“Brazilians are really hungry for our pieces, for fashion, they want to know what the next collection will be,’’ Giannini said in Rio de Janeiro at the end of her four-day visit to Brazil. “There is a lot of passion here.’’
Gucci has five directly operated stores in Brazil, three in São Paulo — Brazil’s wealthiest city and financial center — one in Rio and one in the capital, Brasília. Gucci expects to open two more stores “in the near future,” according to a spokesman, one of them in Recife, in Brazil’s northeastern region, where new high-end malls are attracting luxury brands from all over the world.
On May 27, Carlos Jereissati Filho, chief executive officer of Iguatemi Empresa de Shopping Centers, owner of Brazil’s top luxury malls, hosted a dinner in Giannini’s honor. Kering ceo François-Henri Pinault and Gucci ceo Patrizio di Marco were also present. Brazilian singer Gal Costa gave a performance after the dinner, which took place at the Jereissati residence in São Paulo.
In Rio Friday, Giannini participated in a conversation with fashion students at the Museu de Arte do Rio de Janeiro. Attendees peppered her with questions about how the designer juggles her responsibilities running Gucci’s more than 10 collections a year and her role as cofounder of Chime for Change, an organization that raises funds and awareness for projects focusing on women’s and girls’ empowerment, health and education. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Salma Hayek Pinault are the other cofounders of the global organization.
During the event in Rio, Chime for Change revealed it will finance three local institutions that work with education for low-income women and with victims of domestic violence. Gucci will donate $10,000 each to Redes da Maré, Universidade das Quebradas and Instituto de Pesquisa Pretos Novos through the Catapult crowdfunding platform, a strategic partner of Chime for Change.
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