God bless America--The Gap, the mall, Alicia Silverstone and the housewives of suburbia to be exact. Karl Lagerfeld saluted them all in a Chanel collection that bordered on brilliance--in a good taste-bad taste sort of way. Lagerfeld opened with what's probably the single best passage we've seen all week: a group of colorful tweed jackets, loosened up and tossed over midriff tops or bare torsos and hip-riding Gene Kelly chinos. So what if these khakis hit the meter at $600 or so? Nobody ever said all this Relaxed Chic comes cheap. And for those ladies who might find the look a little too relaxed, there's probably a tweed skirt or two back in the showroom. That's because Karl knows that sometimes a girl likes to match when she goes to the mall. She wants to look, for example, just like that middle American dream vixen-cum-movie star Cindy Crawford--lipstick perfect, hair piled high, shopping hormones raging. What better ensemble for such a moment than skintight, head-to-thigh unwashed denim? But alas, no one keeps those peak proportions forever. The mall rat's mom will feel more comfortable in cut velour sweats emblazoned all over the place with double C's--the better to fly first class out of Newark in status comfort. Back on the good taste side, Karl's mannish black jackets over white pants were fabulous, and the bright tweed coatdresses with inset belts were plenty ladylike but not too sweet. As for the colored velvets--they were a little tacky, and Karl may not have been kidding. But he made glorious fun of himself and old Coco with those shiny white evening suits trimmed with orange plastic pebbles where the braid should be. The whole thing was so much fun that it almost made you forget just how smart Karl is. But as the soundtrack said, "This is the spell of Chanel."
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