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.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)