The designer opened her first Russian store this week at Kuznetsky Most, in the center of town. The store will carry the designer's full collection, including ready-to-wear, shoes, lingerie, fragrances, sunglasses and the organic skin care line CARE.
"We are delighted to take our first step into the rapidly growing Russian market," said chief executive Marco Bizzarri. "We believe Russia's luxury-savvy consumers will appreciate Stella McCartney's naturally sexy and modern approach to fashion, and we look forward to building long and lasting relationships here."
The 1,620-square-foot store, which is adjacent to the Alexander McQueen boutique (both companies are part of Gucci Group), has the feel of a luxury home. It features curving, bird's-eye maple walls and a box-patterned tile floor. Fittings include polished steel, timber, brass and copper. There are interconnecting rooms within the store, and the accessories area is filled with sculptural shelves, a daybed and tables made of a series of contrasting materials.
The color palette reflects McCartney's aesthetic, with shades of dirty and pale pink and soft shades of white.
The Moscow store is a franchise run by Arts Licensee Arcom, a sister company to Arts London LLP, McCartney's licensee in Moscow.
The new store, designed by APA London architects, is McCartney's sixth flagship after London, New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai and Singapore. The brand has approximately 500 wholesale accounts worldwide.
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
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Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
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