PARIS — Lanvin opened its first pop-up store Saturday, a 540-square-foot unit at 30 Rue Francois Sibilli in Saint-Tropez.
“We are testing the market,” said Thierry Andretta, Lanvin’s executive vice president, noting the unit showcases the brand’s women’s fall collection, including accessories, and will remain open until October in the upscale resort destination. “Ladies really want to buy as soon as they find something new.”
Chanel recently opened a temporary store on the same street in Saint-Tropez, and Louis Vuitton last week feted the reopening of its expanded boutique, which was doubled in size.
Lanvin’s temporary location will feature a whimsical decor bearing the unmistakable handwriting of artistic director Alber Elbaz. Stickers of his fashion illustrations will adorn walls, with angel drawings on the ceiling. Furniture will be covered in floral prints from the ready-to-wear collection.
Meanwhile, Lanvin plans to launch a new-look Web site next month with plans to update almost daily with information regarding products, store events and the like. “It will be a really dynamic way to communicate what’s happening at Lanvin to a worldwide audience,” Andretta said.
The site will be equipped for e-commerce beginning in September in the U.S., Andretta said, noting it will sell mostly accessories, plus apparel that is easy to fit. Online selling will be expanded to Europe in a second phase, with Japan, South Korea and China to follow, he added.
The site will make its debut with an animated feature about the making of the women’s fall fashion campaign, shot by Steven Meisel and under the art direction of Ronnie Cooke Newhouse.
The women’s campaign, which has models Magdalena Frackowiak, Anja Rubik and Mariacarla Boscono striking poses in a silver box, is slated to break in August magazines. The men’s spots, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, launched in the July issue of L’Uomo Vogue.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)