MILAN — Frida Giannini, one of the first designers to fashion a silver-etched iPod case, has now turned her focus to the iPad.
The exclusive cover-up combines craftsmanship with technical materials and is available in black rubberized Guccissima leather and double-G-logoed neoprene, both featuring the iconic green-red-green web detail. More versions will bow in October, while special editions to celebrate important occasions are also in the pipeline. For example, there will be a poppy red Guccissima patent leather style for Saint Valentine’s Day, silver Guccissima leather for the holiday season and a diamanté-patterned version exclusively available at gucci.com.
Each case has a strap closure to preserve the touch screen and is lined with suede for further protection. Priced at $230, the case will be available starting in mid-June in Gucci’s flagship stores in Rome, Milan, Paris, London and New York.
Elsewhere, Gucci Group must slash its transport-related emissions of carbon dioxide by 20 percent in the next 10 years, and Puma is expected to switch to 100 percent sustainable packaging by 2015, according to the first targets published by parent group PPR as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) drive.
The company has set out seven targets for each of its five divisions, which also include books and electronics retailer Fnac, furniture chain Conforama and mail-order division Redcats. They cover issues such as staff training, environmental impact and solidarity programs.
PPR chairman and chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault revealed that a portion of key executives’ salaries was tied to achieving these objectives, adding the targets were also factored into the five-year development plans and the budgets of each division.
“I can’t imagine running a company like PPR without a commitment to corporate responsibility,” he said of the CSR department, launched in 2007.
Gucci Group, whose brands include Gucci, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta and Alexander McQueen, will also have to ensure that by the end of 2010 it uses only paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) — including shopping bags.
Pinault said customers were highly sensitive to issues linked to sustainable development but were not prepared to pay extra for these initiatives. “If we wait for customers to make sustainable development a condition for purchasing, then nothing will happen,” he added. “It’s as if green products were somehow not normal. They are normal, it is the other products that are not normal. It’s up to us to work out how to make green products the new normal.”
PPR estimates it emitted 452,492 tons of carbon dioxide in 2009, of which transport accounted for 58 percent and energy emissions 42 percent.
It has taken incremental measures to reduce air transport, such as asking Gucci customers in the United States to wait an extra 48 hours for orders between stores in separate cities to be shipped, in a bid to reduce air transport.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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