MILAN — A string of luxury and designer brands are trying their utmost to excite consumers in one of the toughest holiday seasons in years, introducing exclusive products in the hope that tightfisted shoppers will open their wallets in the final week before Christmas.
Among the products introduced are:
Prada: Forget those anonymous hand-scribbled gift certificates. Prada has created a gold metal credit card with the brand’s crest and the sum the recipient can spend in any Prada store worldwide. There are four versions in varying amounts, from 250 euros, or $355, to 5,000 euros, or $6,420.
Tod’s: Propelled by the success of its metal and leather bangles, Tod’s is beefing up its costume jewelry offerings with sterling silver and multicolored leather. The chokers feature charms and glass decorations. Each piece is hand-stitched using napa, patent leather, crocodile or python and retail for 350 euros, or $450.
Fendi: High fashion meets high definition with Fendi’s latest undertaking. Beginning Saturday, subscribers of the Italian pay-TV service Sky, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., can click on sky.it/fendi and punch in a request to buy a limited edition “MySkyHD wears Fendi” decoder complete with a logoed Fendi cover-up bearing the house’s brown and black F logo. The decoder costs 250 euros, or $355, with 50 percent of proceeds from the edition of 1,000 donated to Child Priority to support the future of children in Africa.
Moët & Chandon: The legendary Champagne maker has created limited edition bottles of its iconic Brut Imperial that can be personalized with words or messages spelled out with Swarovski crystals. The service is available this month in a temporary corner inside the trendy 10 Corso Como store here and at other select venues such as the Atelier Moët in Paris’ Les Galeries Lafayette, at Isolee in Madrid and inside the Four Seasons in Macau. Prices for the Champagne in Milan run from $95 for a 750-ml. bottle to $190 for magnums, but vary in other temporary stores.
Rosato: Probably better known outside Italy for its ad images with Demi Moore and Elizabeth Hurley, the jewelry company is banking on its buy-one-wear-three formula of earrings, a wire necklace with a pendant and a ring with interchangeable stones. Depending on the look of the day, you can choose among a pink quartz, a light blue topaz or a rock crystal that are part of the package and position the stone into the rose gold wreathed setting adorned with tiny hearts, clovers and horns. Prices span from 550 euros, or $706, to 1,100 euros, or $1,412.
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