Designers on why they’re excited about the Suite 1521 model.
Giles Deacon: “It’s a special thing for me, getting to meet all these women and getting to build that basis and understand what they’re looking for. They’re always great characters, these women. They’re really interesting people, and it’s another interesting side to the business.”
Mary Katrantzou: “Suite 1521 is a great idea that gives us the opportunity to interact with our customers directly, as well as explore the possibility of retail without the heavy financial risk of opening our own store.”
David Koma: “When I was introduced to Suite 1521, I was drawn to the concept straight away. I feel extremely excited to be part of it for the upcoming SS14 season. I am really looking forward to our first event together, as it is always inspiring to connect with my clientele and extend my brand’s reach.”
Shaun Leane: “I like the concept of Suite 1521, as it brings the designer directly to the client. It is an opportunity for a designer like myself to be able to share my collection concepts and craft with the clients, as well as allowing me to discuss the possibilities of creating a bespoke piece of jewelry for the individual.”
Shane Gabier, Creatures of the Wind: “Chris [Peters] and I think that it’s important to be able to meet the clients directly, and in the sort of setting that Studio 1521 will provide, we think it’ll be a fantastic opportunity for us to really talk about the collection with the people who are wearing it.”
Richard Nicoll: “Through the Suite 1521 concept, Lizzie and Kim provide the opportunity for us to present the collection in all its entirety in a retail environment, allowing it to remain unconfined by a store’s edit. Combining this with the chance to have direct customer interaction is priceless.” RELATED STORY: Bridget Foley's Diary on Suite 1521 >>
@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)