The upcoming Pitti Uomo trade fair in Florence will feature as many exhibitors as last season, and a fair amount of newness.
“In bad economies, good trade shows do well,” said Raffaello Napoleone, chief executive of Pitti Immagine, addressing a luncheon in New York on Tuesday.
One new aspect will be Pitti Uomo’s partnership with L’Uomo Vogue and Alta Roma to inaugurate a men’s wear counterpart to Franca Sozzani’s “Who Is On Next?” talent showcase, which has fostered the careers of Nicholas Kirkwood and Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi (then of 6267). Seven finalists will be on display, and the winner will be revealed during the fair.
Brooks Brothers will participate in Pitti Uomo for the first time, even though Pitti is no longer the epicenter for luxury tailored clothing it once was. Brooks will wholesale its signature collection and a smattering of Black Fleece.
Buckler, Christopher Fischer and A.G. Spalding & Bros. are also among the brands exhibiting for the first time. Malo, Lardini, Sergio Tacchini and Helly Hansen are returning after absences.
Swimwear brand Vilebrequin will unveil its first sportswear collection at the fair. Outside the Fortezza da Bassa, Ballantyne will premiere S+arck With Ballantyne, a collaboration with Philippe Starck. Mila Schön will launch men’s wear and commemorate its 50th anniversary with an event and dance performance.
Jun Takahashi of Undercover, Pitti Uomo’s featured guest designer, has planned a “performance” to present his spring collection.
Proenza Schouler, the featured designer for the affiliated women’s pre-collection fair, Pitti W, will also eschew a typical runway show, in collaboration with three American visual artists and in partnership with Yvonne Force’s Art Production Fund. Designer Lazaro Hernandez attended the luncheon without his partner Jack McCollough. He said McCollough was “getting better, staying in,” having suffered a broken nose last week following an alleged assault by actor Kiefer Sutherland. (For more on the incident, see Fashion Scoops, page 9.)
@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
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)