New Orleans has music, food and football, and now Anthropologie is making a push for the retail-revival portion of the city’s comeback with a 9,000-square-foot store opening today. It’s the Philadelphia-based company’s 146th store, scouting for which began three years ago, according to Wendy B. McDevitt, Anthropologie’s co-president and chief operating officer.
“We have a customer there that’s dying to have us, but we wanted to make sure we had the right location,” she said. The store joins Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Coach and Saks Fifth Avenue, among other restaurants, salons and stores at The Shops at Canal Place, a complex that borders the French Quarter.
Known for its site-specific designs, Anthropologie outfitted the new storefront with a raised porch and exaggerated shutters inspired by traditional New Orleans architecture. Inside, the floors are laid with reclaimed white oak, the 13 dressing rooms are framed with reclaimed barn wood and a wood-tread staircase suspended by steel cables connects the bi-level space designed by James Smith, Anthropologie’s head of store design. There’s also “a huge artistic dimension,” said McDevitt. “We were reinvigorated by the richness of the artistic community in New Orleans.” So Rebecca Rebouché was commissioned for the sprawling mural depicting local culture, and several local designers have been enlisted for exclusive merchandise, including jewelry by Nancy Rhett, one-of-a-kind T-shirts, necklaces and belts by Helene Florence and pillows by Jill Dupré.
McDevitt also noted “the timing of this store opening, while not purposeful, happens to fall on the anniversary of Katrina.” Thus, on Aug. 27 Anthropologie is hosting a benefit for For the Bayou, a fund-raising organization that supports communities effected by the BP oil spill, featuring a performance by the Thelonious Monk Ensemble, which will start a weekend of special events and activities to celebrate the store opening.
@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)