Ralph Lauren will be awarded the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal at an event in Washington, D.C., that will include a naturalization ceremony, where 15 people will take their oath of allegiance to become U.S. citizens.
The ceremony, which will include political dignitaries and constituents from the Smithsonian Institution, will take place in June. A date has yet to be determined.
The medal recognizes Lauren’s lifetime contributions to American entrepreneurship, artistry, creativity and vision. Lauren played a leadership role in the preservation of the Star-Spangled Banner at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The flag, which inspired the national anthem, is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.
In 1998, Lauren donated $13 million as part of the kickoff to the Save America’s Treasures campaign. The flag was the signature project of the campaign. The process of conserving the flag began in 1998 and was completed in 2006. The goal was to stabilize the original fabric and clean the flag to preserve the original design; the flag was not preserved to look like new.
The James Smithson Bicentennial Medal was established in 1965 to honor the 200th anniversary of the birth of Smithson, founder of the Smithsonian Institution. Smithson died in 1829. Lauren will be the 70th recipient since 1990. Past recipients have included Clint Eastwood, Billy Joel, Jerry Lee Lewis, Steven Spielberg, Jim Henson, George Lucas, Dale Chihuly, Julia Child, Jacques Cousteau, Walter Cronkite, Rosemary Clooney, Hal Roach, Lady Bird Johnson, Tito Puente and Robert Redford.
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