When Tokyo-based Masanori Morikawa foundedChristian Dada in 2010, he deliberately chose a nonconformist stance tofashion. Done mostly in black, his designs, with the Dadaism movement astheir leitmotif, embrace imperfections as integral elements of fashionand today count Lady Gaga and Kiss among their fans. Showing in Parisfor the first time, Morikawa’s spring collection, titled “Infinity,” isslated to incorporate 3-D jacquard and the Nishijin jacquard, atraditional Japanese fabric originating in Kyoto, along withembroideries whose fragility Morikawa wants to juxtapose with heavyouterwear, including leather biker jackets.
Morikawa, who used towork for London-based designer Charles Anastase, says he chose Parisover London (he previously showed in Tokyo) because it was “better forbusiness. London is an open door for young designers. But everyone comesto Paris, so we can show to a lot of different people. I would like to[cause a] worldwide Dada-mania,” he mused.
Christian Dada is currently stocked in 30 shops, including Opening Ceremony, I.T in Hong Kong and H. Lorenzo.
Prices range between 180 euros, or $244, for a shirt and 1,200 euros, or $1,631 for a biker jacket.
Moving his presentation from London to Paris thisseason, Mohsin Ali said, “London is very inspiring, but not the rightplace for my brand. Men’s wear for me has always been in Paris.” The38-year-old former buyer from Yorkshire, England, explained he alwaysapproaches a new season with a specific story in mind. “I listen to thefabrics; luxurious [ones] are key because they give you a better handle,and I design the product from there,” he said.
Spring 2015 hasthe Viennese arts as its underlying theme. Ali found inspiration inGustav Klimt’s paintings, borrowing from the artist’s golden period, afresh choice given the fact that Mohsin’s predominantly monochromaticdesigns focus almost exclusively on black. “You can’t hide behind black.Black allows you to go deeper into the silhouette and fabrication. Witha lot of color and pattern around, the eye automatically moves to otherparts of the garment, but I’m trying to steer away from the sharpnessof it, so there is also a bit of navy and brown in this spring-summerseason.”
Ali said it took him a while to figure out how totackle the metallic gold theme without being too conceptual, finallyopting for a quiet approach employing the flashy hue in bonding andgraphic inserts on roomy yet tailored silhouettes, perfect for the urbanmale.
Pieces span from 175 pounds, or $297, for a cotton shirt to 1,200 pounds, or $2,040, for a wool and Neoprene winter parka.
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