SOCCER BUFFS: With the Olympics and the European Soccer championships both slated for this summer, Italian designers are having a sport moment. Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana launched books this week dedicated to the athlete in...
SOCCER BUFFS: With the Olympics and the European Soccer championships both slated for this summer, Italian designers are having a sport moment. Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana launched books this week dedicated to the athlete in all his and her forms.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana focused on Italy’s national pastime with “Calcio,” which means soccer. Shot by Mariano Vivanco, the book depicts iconic soccer players, all of whom play for Italian teams, on the field, at home and in the doctor’s office. “More so than musicians, more so than actors, these guys are really the modern icons for men,” said Gabbana. All proceeds from the book will go toward local charities selected by several of the featured soccer teams.
Meanwhile, Armani held an opening at the Armani/Arte gallery at his Armani/Via Manzoni store in Milan on Sunday night to celebrate the launch of his new book, “Faces of Sport.” Divided into three categories, the book features intimate portraits, shot specifically for the book, as well as sports photography. “The truth is, I love sports and have had contact with teams and athletes for years,” Armani said. “It’s a very personal side of who I am.” The designer, in a continuation of his collaboration with the Special Olympics, put the book together late last year and will donate all proceeds to the Special Olympics. Both Olympic gold medallist Carl Lewis and Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver are expected to attend Armani’s men’s fall 2004 show Thursday in Milan.
POLLY FOLLY: Jennifer Aniston turned heads, but didn’t raise any eyebrows among fashionistas, at Monday night’s Grauman’s Chinese premiere of “Along Came Polly” in Hollywood. Of her simple black New Look-inspired Jil Sander frock, she shrugged, “I just picked it from my own closet. It’s simple, but something moved me.” As for her bohemian title character, Aniston confirmed, “I don’t take as many risks as Polly, I’m more controlled.” Shocker. Even though Ben Stiller winds up with Aniston’s character, a Michael Kors-clad pregnant Debra Messing insisted, “I actually think my character was the perfect match for Ben, but you know, it’s up to him.”
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@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