PARIS — Leave it to Alexander McQueen to create a powerful visual message about the planet’s perils by rearranging the continents, via photo manipulation, into the shape of a skull.
That striking image appears on a scarf and is among special products and projects Gucci Group’s designers have envisioned to promote the June 5 release of “Home,” the PPR-sponsored film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand designed to raise environmental consciousness on a global scale. Produced by Luc Besson of “The Fifth Element” fame, the documentary can be seen on World Environment Day in cinemas, on television, on DVD and on the Internet.
McQueen’s organic cotton scarf, limited to a run of 200, will be sold at McQueen boutiques and online in the U.S. starting in June, priced at 185 euros in Europe, and $285 in the U.S.
Profits for all film-related products are to be donated to Goodplanet.org, Arthus-Bertrand’s environmental-protection charity.
Gucci’s Frida Giannini and Yves Saint Laurent’s Stefano Pilati each opted for T-shirts. Giannini’s — in naturally dyed organic cotton and packaged in recycled materials — melds the Italian brand’s iconic “GG” symbol into the film’s logo and comes with a white canvas bag for 140 euros, and $195, in select Gucci stores beginning May 25. “Anyone who watches this film will not fail to be deeply moved by the incredible imagery,” Giannini stated.
Pilati’s limited edition range of T-shirts, tank tops and tote bags comes in several exclusive designs, and all items are made of organic cotton.
At Bottega Veneta, Tomas Maier created a tote bag that goes on sale at its boutiques in Milan, Paris and New York on June 2, priced at 70 euros, and $90. Customers who spend more than 1,000 euros, and $1,500, receive one as a gift with purchase.
To realize its “Eco Pump,” Sergio Rossi partnered with the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology, a research center in Pfinztal, Germany, to find ecologically sustainable components. These include leather produced with an eco-sensitive tanner and a sole and heel made with liquid wood, which is biodegradable and high strength. The shoes retail for 395 euros, and $740.
Jeweler Boucheron will not produce its Magnetic Quatre square made of four shades of gold, with movable parts like a Rubik’s cube. Rather, the one-of-a-kind object will be displayed in its Place Vendôme boutique and later auctioned to benefit No Dirty Gold, an organization whose aim is to end mining practices that harm the environment. Bids are to start at 2,000 euros.
Meanwhile, Stella McCartney, perhaps Gucci Group’s most eco-minded designer, has planned a celebrity-studded party in lieu of a product. The VIP picnic screening of “Home” at her West Hollywood boutique is to be hosted by Salma Hayek, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Laura Dern, Ben Harper, Emily Deschanel and Anjelica Huston.
Balenciaga has yet to give details about its intentions.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)