NEW YORK — The Design Trust for Public Space and the Council of Fashion Designers of America have launched Making Midtown, a three-part initiative to bolster fashion design and manufacturing and guide development in the Garment District.
Given Manhattan’s ever-tightening real estate squeeze, the neighborhood’s longtime future as a fashion hub has been a question mark for some time. “Making Midtown: Sustaining Design and Production in an Evolving Garment Center” is being put in place with the aim of delivering formal proposals to be reviewed by city officials and area stakeholders early next year.
To reach that objective, the DTPS and the CFDA have tapped the New York-based real estate consulting and architectural firm HR&A to analyze the Garment District’s dynamics, zoning, building stock and public realm. A project fellow will be named within the next week or so to head up that effort, said Jerome Chou, the DTPS’ director of programs. He declined to pinpoint the investment needed for Making Midtown, but noted that such foundations as the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation have provided funding and individual donors were being approached.
This fall, “transparent and accessible” workshops will be held for anyone who wants to contribute an idea or understand what is going on in the district, he said. “We’re acknowledging the district is changing and we need to be ahead of that change,” Chou said.
CFDA representative Joerg Schwartz said, “We’re really pushing for concrete proposals that will be really different than what has been proposed before. There is nothing hindering us from getting a solution. This is just something that needs more in-depth analysis.”
Progress has been slow-going, according to Yeohlee Teng, who also has been instrumental in the review process. “Right now things are rather at a standstill. It’s static. Coming up with a plan to revitalize the district and to revive manufacturing still remains to be accomplished. It’s not a given, but it’s a goal,” the designer said.
However, the end result could be bountiful. “Hopefully, we can come up with a vision that can be replicated in all urban areas throughout the world where industry can not only reside but also thrive in cities along with developments in real estate,” Teng 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