Monique Lhuillier will today unveil her redesigned Web site, which is gearing up to feature e-commerce later this month.
Redesigned by King & Partners, the site will feature many of the components it had before — a run of all the collections, including ready-to-wear, bridal and accessories, specifically shoes, which the company is eager to increase distribution — but now in a more shoppable way. “The great thing about an e-commerce platform is it gives a lot people an opportunity to shop the collection that normally wouldn’t have the same access to the entire breadth of what we offer,” said Tom Bugbee, Lhuillier’s chief executive officer and husband. “We have a store in New York and a store in L.A. and there’s a lot in the middle and the south [of the country] that you can’t readily access.”
To start, the e-commerce will be merchandised in sync with the two flagships, stocking what’s popular on the brick-and-mortar sales floors until the online identity is more discernible. Bugbee said there are plans for exclusives, such as offering items in special prints.
As for bridal, which typically requires an in-store experience, Bugbee said they are not launching full-bridal online but will instead feature the Ready-to-Wed collection that Lhuillier introduced in her last bridal runway show. He described it as cocktail and separates “meant for the bride that wants to do the wedding immediately, whether that’s going to the courthouse or going off to the beach with just a few family and friends and just making it happen.”
In addition to offering e-commerce, including a link to the Monique Lhuillier fine jewelry collection with Blue Nile, the site will feature The Journal, which includes Lhuillier’s blog and social media feed. The site will also live-stream her spring runway show on Saturday.
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
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
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
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion