Europe Watch: Moscow Nights…A Slow March…New Outfits
MOSCOW NIGHTS: Versace will kick off Moscow’s fashion week on Tuesday, presenting four shows throughout that evening — the men’s and women’s fall/winter 2003-04 and spring/summer 2004 collections. “We are happy and...
MOSCOW NIGHTS: Versace will kick off Moscow’s fashion week on Tuesday, presenting four shows throughout that evening — the men’s and women’s fall/winter 2003-04 and spring/summer 2004 collections. “We are happy and proud to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Moscow’s fashion week,” said Santo Versace, chief executive officer of the company, in a phone interview. Versace will show at the city’s Rossia Concert Hall, which accommodates 2,500 people. The 35 models will all be Russian. The event will be followed by a private dinner at the restaurant Biscuit, hosted by Santo Versace for 200 guests, including government members and local celebrities.
This is not the company’s first show in Russia. In February last year, Versace showed its spring collection at the Pushkin Museum.
“We are happy with our business in Russia, which now accounts for about 10 percent of our sales and is rapidly expanding,” Versace said. Last year, the company reported sales of $564.6 million. Versace was the first Italian luxury-goods house to set up a boutique in Russia, in 1994. Today there are three freestanding boutiques there — Versace stores in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and a Versace Home Collection unit in Moscow. Versace is also carried in six multibrand boutiques in the country. “Moscow is unique and has enormous potential, but the importance of second-tier cities, such as Rostov and Krasnodar, is also growing,” Versace said, adding that Russians have a passion for “everything leather” and color, and are “especially taken by our Medusa logo.” In particular, Versace said, the Hyppodrome and Meandros watches and the biker bag are current bestsellers. — Luisa Zargani.
A SLOW MARCH: The luxury watch sector is still ticking slowly. The Swiss Watch Federation, or FHS, reported imports of Swiss watches fell 0.1 percent in October to $879.3 million, or 1.14 billion Swiss francs, from the year-earlier period. Through the first 10 months, sales dropped 4.5 percent versus a year ago. According to a research note from HSBC, October’s results seem to indicate “the worst is over for the watch segment. It continues to lag behind the rest of the luxury sector, notably leather goods and jewelry.” Recently, Richemont and Bulgari said they were less than bullish in their outlook for the holiday season. — Ranya HusamiNEW OUTFITS: Urban Outfitters will open its second London unit this month on Earlham Street in Covent Garden as part of a major European rollout. The 7,000-square-foot site, the retailer’s fourth unit in the U.K., opens this week. Next year, a third London store — spanning 30,000 square feet — will open on Oxford Street. In a statement, the company said that deals for two more U.K. units to open next year would be signed before Christmas. The Covent Garden store, designed by the British firm Pompeii AD, is housed in a former brewery. All of the original brickwork and beams have been restored. The store will sell men’s and women’s street wear labels including FrostFrench, Diesel Style Lab and Evisu, as well as an expanded Urban Outfitters line, including the Urban Renewal range, a vintage-inspired label. Other Urban Outfitter units are in Dublin, Glasgow and on High Street Kensington in London. — Nina Jones
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews