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.
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye