While still tentative, the week’s calendar is beginning to take shape and is shedding its last day. From an eight-day run ending March 4, the shows are now scheduled to take place from Feb. 25 to March 3. The last day will be dedicated to less international brands, with Versace wrapping up the week on March 2 with two evening shows.
“This is a one-off change,” said Mario Boselli, head of the Italian Chamber of Fashion, who attributed the contraction to the economy and, as a consequence, some fashion houses dropping out this season. “We are not obstinate in stretching the schedule. It was useless to keep a half-empty day. Hopefully, the crisis is temporary, so we plan to resume the eight-day week.”
Boselli also said Milan Men’s Fashion Week last month reflected “a panicky” situation, with a 20 percent decline in the number of shows, while the women’s wear schedule may see a 10 percent drop-off. While subject to change, some houses opted for a presentation rather than a show, such as Trussardi and La Perla. Derercuny and Cividini will likely also scale down to a presentation, while Alberto Biani is moving to Paris, where he will hold a presentation March 8.
With the first day of the calendar dedicated to new designers, the season really begins on Feb. 26 with Blugirl, Just Cavalli, two Emporio Armani and Missoni shows and Moschino Cheap and Chic. The following day, Giorgio Armani, Gianfranco Ferré and Jil Sander will hold two fashion shows each, while Ermanno Scervino, C’N’C Costume National, Burberry Prorsum and Alberta Ferretti are penciled in with one show. On Feb. 28, Gucci will be the only house holding two shows, following Bottega Veneta, Blumarine, Sportmax, Pucci, Moschino and Krizia, and before Brioni and Alessandro Dell’Acqua. Antonio Marras, Roberto Cavalli, Etro, Salvatore Ferragamo and Pringle of Scotland will show on March 1, with Prada holding two shows in the slot before Aquilano and Rimondi, designed by the Gianfrano Ferré creative duo.
The following day, Fendi will likely hold one show, following DSquared and Max Mara, and before Versace. D&G and Dolce & Gabbana are once again off calendar on Feb. 27 and March 2, respectively, as is Marni, whose show date was not available at press time. As for related events, Roberto Cavalli will fete the launch of his first namesake-branded MasterCard with a dinner and a party on the evening of March 1. Kenzo, Blugirl and Blumarine boutiques are also set to open during fashion week.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)