PARIS — Issey Miyake has opened a new Rue Royale boutique here, uniting the men’s and women’s Issey Miyake, Haat and Cauliflower lines, as well as watches, scents and Pleats Please accessories.
Spanning about 4,500 square feet with minimalist lines, the industrial space, designed by Jean-Guillaume Mathiaut, features an exposed ceiling, a polished cement floor, white pillars and white merchandising blocks made from Corian.
The store’s changing rooms, two Corian monoliths that flank the main glass entrance, glow with embedded LED lightsticks, as do window panels that line one side of the boutique, its only natural light source coming from the main entrance. A catwalklike, 40-foot-long Corian block in the store’s belly is destined to showcase young artists, with an installation of Keiji Koga’s music-emitting banana leaves currently on display.
Situated in a cobbled courtyard, the store’s futurist allure is in stark contrast to the 17th-century building.
Miyake bills it as an “experimental space” with limited edition designer goods housed in a shelving grid. Clothing floats from suspended, brushed-steel rails that trace the store’s perimeter, with each group indicated by mannequins.
“We aim to position the store on a level with our New York flagship,” said Jerome Schlegel, managing director for Issey Miyake France. First-year sales for the store are expected to be 5 million euros, or around $7 million, he said. The brand already operates a Pleats Please store in the city’s Saint-Germain district.
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)