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.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)