Who says summer is a slow time in the fashion world? WWD reported over the past few weeks that LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton has plans to revamp Spanish brand Loewe. Milan's leading department store made over its third floor in the hope of bolstering sales. And Bottega Veneta celebrated the opening of its newest store in Florence.
LVMH is replacing Jose Enrique Ona Selfa, previously at the helm of Loewe for the past six years, with Stuart Vevers. Vevers, the design director for Mulberry, fits the profile of exactly what LVMH wanted, according to Pierre-Yves Roussel, chief executive officer of LVMH's fashion division. "We have been making operational changes at the brand recently. Now we want to emphasize Loewe's strong point — leather goods — with someone who can make desirable handbags," said Roussel. Vevers' previous stints at Givenchy and Louis Vuitton proved him worthy of the top creative position at Loewe. He will join the 160-year-old brand in Madrid on a full-time basis in January.
La Rinascente, the premier outlet of Milan, has undergone a facelift. The store, which faces the Duomo cathedral, wants customers to indulge in fresh and trendy clothes and accessories to update their wardrobes when they shop. Vincent Van Duysen, the Dutch architect who has also done work for Dries Van Noten and Selfridges, designed the revamped 24,480 square foot third floor. Key materials on the floor include bleached oak floors and grid panels, polished basalt columns, sanded steel and cube installations in gray varnish, oak and lacquered canopy. The floor carries designers such as Pinko, Laltramoda, Target, Vanessa Bruno, Diesel, Seven For All Mankind, True Religion, Velvet, DVB, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Cacharel, See by Chloe, Moschino Cheap & Chic, Valentino Red and Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti.
Bottega Veneta's newest store is located at the central historic Palazzo Tornabuoni-Corsi in Florence. It moved from its previous location on the Arno River. The new site, which was a bank, is a two-level, nearly 4,000 square foot space which carries accessories, footwear, and ready-to-wear for both sexes. The new store is bursting with luxury, from the ultrasuede presentation pads, to the mohair furniture upholstery, to the custom dyed, New Zealand wool carpets. At the same time it still maintains the traditional details of the building.
“I see things on the hanger and I’m, like, ‘I never knew that color worked on me.’ It’s things you necessarily wouldn’t choose to wear, but once you put them on, you see why Janie is who Janie is." — Lily Collins on working with former "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant on creating looks for her role as Celia Brady's in Amazon series, "The Last Tycoon." 📸@jilliansollazzo #wwdeye
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Rutson has been tapped to Build New American Fashion Group. The parent of Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott hired the merchant to rev up its brands and expand its portfolio into designer, beauty and lifestyle categories. Read more on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion
Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)