In anticipation of a Shanghai boutique expected to open within the next three months, Vera Wang will participate in Shanghai Fashion Week on Oct. 19, showcasing her bridal and ready-to-wear collections.
The Shanghai store is slated to be 4,752 square feet and will span two levels. It will feature three bridal lounges and a VIP suite, with a separate entrance from the parking garage, according to Mario Grauso, president of Vera Wang. He anticipates the store, based at number 245 Madang Road, will open in late December, or early January. The store will be designed with a glass facade with blackened steel accents. It is similar to Wang’s other stores, which have polished concrete floors, dark walls, timber veneer walls and blackened steel thresholds and accents.
Vera Wang has been aggressively penetrating the Asian market in the past few months. Last week, it opened a 1,200-square-foot store in Hong Kong at 39 Staunton Street. That store has three levels of shopping space, an office, two bridal lounges and an outdoor patio. Wang plans to open a Beijing boutique in 2014. RELATED STORY: Vera Wang RTW Spring 2013 >>
Grauso, who plans to attend the fashion show in Shanghai, is optimistic about prospects in China.
“The Asian bride is looking for real fancy and important dresses from us,” said Grauso. He noted that the company offers rentals in Japan, but those are more of the classic styles. He doesn’t plan to do rentals in China. In Shanghai, some brides wear three different gowns during their wedding, he said. There’s the classic white dress and the red wedding gown and they often change into an evening gown. “Culturally, it’s a tradition to wear a red dress. It’s good luck,” said Grauso. Wang has designed a full assortment of red dresses.
Stateside, Wang will open a store in San Francisco in the next 10 weeks, and is about to agree on a space in Miami. “We’re also looking to open in Texas,” said Grauso.
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