PARIS — J.M. Weston is going back to its roots.The French luxury cobbler is launching a new, sportier line for fall called Country Gents based on designs from the Thirties and Forties by Eugène Blanchard, whose father Edouard founded the house in 1891.“The idea was to revisit those styles, which are inspired by golf, hunting and horseback riding, all essentially aristocratic sports, but make them more outdoorsy,” explained the brand’s artistic director Michel Perry.Perry reworked the traditional hunting derby in grained calf’s leather with six eyelets, and enforced the wing-tip golf shoe with double stitching and artfully woven threads along the perforation lines. The latter also comes in a more robust ankle-boot version equipped with the house’s extra-resistant ridgeway sole.Perry said he wanted “to stay in the aristo-chic theme, in keeping with the heaviness of the silhouette,” which was especially true for a hiking shoe with its oiled calf leather surface.The five styles, retailing for between 590 euros and 790 euros, or $796 and $1,066 at current exchange, are done in various shades of brown ranging from chocolate to camel, black and two shades of deep green. All are available in customized versions through the brand’s special-order department which, according to Perry, has experienced strong growth in 2013 and continues to grow this year.J.M. Weston, which last fall launched a women’s line and opened its sixth Paris store on Rue Saint-Honoré with a new interior concept influenced by chic Parisian apartments, is in the midst of renovating other existing boutiques, with its Boulevard de la Madeleine location in Paris and Geneva to be completed this year, as well as its store on the Champs-Élysées in 2015.The brand currently operates 40 points of sale, mostly in Europe and Asia.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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