The Italian luxury fashion house and boat maker Riva on Tuesday unveiled the made-to-order Aquariva by Gucci speedboat at the Cannes, France, boat show. And since this is luxury at all levels, the boat doesn’t come cheap: $750,000 each. Gucci chief executive officer Patrizio di Marco said three clients already have expressed serious interest.
According to di Marco, the two companies and two distinct symbols of La Dolce Vita share identical values when it comes to representing Made in Italy design, craftsmanship and quality. “There was the desire to work with a company that shared our core values and we hope that the return of this project will be to further strengthen the idea of Gucci as a lifestyle brand,” said di Marco.
Frida Giannini, who views a Riva boat as one of the “most evocative images of Italian style, sophistication and elegance,” chose the Guccissima print for the seats and sundeck and the classic green-red-green logo to pipe the boat.
The two-speed electronic gear speedboat runs on a 380-horsepower Yanmar engine and has a fiberglass hull, trademark mahogany interiors and a 20-coat glossy white paint that can be customized.
To provide that extra marine touch, Giannini designed a Riva by Gucci accessories collection comprising duffel bags, towels and flip-flops made from soft white leather and enriched with the green-and-red ribbon. They are now available in Gucci’s Milan and Cannes stores and will roll out to other Gucci outposts and select nautical stores next year.
The Aquariva by Gucci boat also will be presented on Sept. 22 in Milan during fashion week.
Di Marco conceded that next year’s celebrations are aimed at consolidating the various initiatives embraced over the last 18 months, such as the Gucci Masters equestrian tournament, the new museum and Gucci’s involvement in restoring old films. He also hinted at a new collaboration, without elaborating.
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)