LONDON — Gucci is planning a takeover of Harrods in August that will see the brand fill the Knightsbridge store with a garden theme, complete with floral, butterfly and snake motifs, and a DIY service allowing customers to put their creative stamp on pieces, WWD has learned.An announcement is expected today.The monthlong partnership will begin on July 31 and see Gucci take over windows, display areas and digital channels at Harrods with its signature flora, fauna and house motifs.Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele has designed a collection for Harrods that includes limited-edition bags, shoes, sneakers, and ready-to-wear for men and women.There will also be Gucci DIY areas at the store with items that can be customized with decorative patches in a variety of colors, styles and sizes. Harrods said the collaboration will bring the complete Gucci DIY offering to the U.K. for the first time.In another exclusive, Harrods customers will be the first in the U.K. to preview Michele’s debut fragrance for women, Gucci Bloom. It will be available exclusively in The Beauty Hall and at special retail spaces in-store from July 31.Helen David, Harrods’ chief merchant, said the collaboration will give customers the "opportunity to challenge their personal creativity with the same eclectic spirit that Alessandro Michele has brought to fashion."“In our floral-festooned Gucci wonderland, aficionados of the brand will be able to personalize their own statement items, from bags and shoes to ready-to-wear, in the ultimate interactive design experience."Gucci is no stranger to the high-profile collaboration and neither is Harrods, which has worked with a variety of brands including Chanel, Prada, Fendi and Marc Jacobs on windows, displays, exhibitions and exclusive collections.Last month, Gucci’s Michele launched his first capsule for Mr Porter, a 43-piece collection, which arrived a year after his special collection for Net-a-porter.In May 2016, Michele created a one-off, 20-piece collection of rtw, shoes and accessories for Net-a-porter. It was the first exclusive capsule he did as creative director of Gucci.For that collaboration Michele whipped up a rose print inspired by a 19th-century tapestry that appeared on pieces such as a three-quarter-sleeve scarf blouse with pearl GG buttons and a pleated skirt with nude lining.
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