PROMISE FOR AID: Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet has teamed up with Estée Lauder and TV host Colin Cowie this month to kick-start a campaign to raise money for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The partnership coincides with the launch of Audemars Piguet’s new Promesse collection of women’s watches.
"We have made a pledge to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation because we know how precious time is in this battle….it means saving lives," said François-Henry Bennahmias, president of Audemars Piguet North America.
The companies will host 10 galas starting in Los Angeles on Oct. 17, followed by New York on Nov. 21. There, the company will showcase the new watches, Estée Lauder powder compacts and handbags designed by Cowie. The goal is to raise $1.5 million for the foundation.
The Promesse watches are priced to retail from $5,900 to $49,500, and will ship to specialty and fine jewelry and watch stores next month.
NEW TECHNO CHIEF: Swiss watch firm TechnoMarine has appointed Aldo Magada to the post of executive vice president. Magada most recently has been chief executive officer of Gucci Timepieces.
Magada will oversee the expansion of global marketing programs for the TechnoMarine and TechnoSport brands and the introduction of TechnoMarine’s first jewelry collection next month.
GOING FUR COUTURE: When Timothy Schifter, LeSportsac’s president and chief executive officer, was seated next to Gilles Mendel, J. Mendel’s designer, at the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards last year, they discovered they had a lot of respect for each other’s work. A couple of martinis later, the duo cooked up "J. Mendel for LeSportsac Couture," a new collection of handbags that combine LeSportsac’s sporty elements, like ripstop nylon and grosgrain logo, with J. Mendel’s luxurious furs.
"It’s a modern take on luxury," said Schifter. "I always like contrasts, and ripstop nylon and fur was about as stark a contrast as I could imagine."
The four styles feature sheered mink and long-haired fox, in black, oyster and brown. The line will launch at Lesportsac’s Madison Avenue store in Manhattan and Beverly Center unit in Beverly Hills, and at Bergdorf Goodman in New York next month. The line retails from $440 for a fox pom-pom evening bag to $1,260 for an oversized Fox hobo bag."The concept is not designer specific," said Schifter, who didn’t disclose sales projections. "It is a fun platform to do some over-the-top, limited-edition Lesportsac handbags."
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