CHENGDU — Chanel headed to the Chinese heartland this past week, pulling out the stops for its Chengdu VIPs. Aside from restaging replica shows of its cruise Greek-themed collection, it assembled a front row and party that included brand ambassadors Zhou Xun, Marine Vacth and celebrities William Chan, Nana Ou-yang and Victoria Song.It is the third time the house has staged a major initiative in China, after Beijing and Shanghai, and while Chengdu’s demographic is not as mature as the shopper in those cities, it is evolving quickly."What is quite amazing and nice for us is that three years ago, we started from scratch [in the city], and now we have several thousand customers," said Chanel's president of fashion Bruno Pavlovsky.MORE: Chanel Cruise 2018: Greece Is the Word >> https://www.instagram.com/p/BbKJj-th391/?taken-by=cdmdiaryBeginning Oct. 25, Chanel built up the anticipation by asking the public to share on Weibo the most interesting spots around town under the hashtag #ChanelinChengdu — an endeavor that garnered over a million in engagement, the brand said.Fashion blogger Dipsy, who hails from nearby Chongqing, had plenty to recommend in the way of spicy hotpot, the regional tongue-numbing specialty, promising that Chengdu is a town where one can continue eating "from daytime until past 3 a.m.,” while actor-singer William Chan's pick was the Upper Gallery, a restaurant inside the Taikoo Li complex.In a country where WeChat reigns supreme, Chanel created QR codes that attendees could scan on their smartphones in order to gain entry to the show, staged twice on Nov. 7 for an audience of 550 each."When people are traveling from other cities, they can get everything [conveniently] on WeChat. You can enter [the show] through WeChat but you also have this very nice [paper] invitation, and we need to do both," Pavlovsky said."The show is a very important context to introduce them to the energy of the brand, but the talks and all the things we are organizing before and after the show are becoming more and more important to engage local customers, the press, to have an understanding of what the brand is today," he said.The after party featured performances from electric duo Lion Babe, Chengdu-native rap group Higher Brothers, and a bit of pop-and-locking from Chan. Chanel guests could chat up fashion influencers Han Huohuo, Mr. Bags, and Leaf Greener, models Liu Wen and Ming Xi—or another popular option was the photo studio, where there seemed to be a permanent line all night to get professionally-taken portraits that no doubt were headed for social media.https://www.instagram.com/p/BbLnjYfBmbv/?taken-by=tiffanyapThe day after the runway, Chanel ambassador Caroline de Maigret and Japanese fashion writer Tiffany Godoy met with clients for hands-on styling sessions aimed at nurturing wardrobe confidence. "The idea was to choose three pieces and develop it three different times," de Maigret said, pointing out the mannequins in the room which had been styled for various settings--work, a date, seeing friends.It was also an opportunity to learn about the house, no matter how wacky the question."One person asked if I was with Karl. If he was my boyfriend," de Maigret shared, referring to Chanel's long-time creative director.MORE: Karl Lagerfeld: In Their Own Words >> A night out at Chengdu club CC Party had her notice a fondness for leggy looks. "Lots of girls wearing shorts, that's the sexy parts they were showing," she said. De Maigret also picked up on a "freedom of spirit", adding that Chinese style daring has overtaken even the Japanese in terms of avant-garde looks."Japanese will be more into structures, will want to build structures. Here it is more about being free to do whatever you want...they are much more risky and yet always very elegant and strong.""In France there is so much history, everything already has associations," Godoy observed.De Maigret nodded, "Here you have the freedom of reinventing yourself, which is cool because it's more free."
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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