STORE VIEW: Architects and fashion designers make good bedfellows. Just ask the executives at Louis Vuitton.
As part of its 150th anniversary, and timed to coincide with the opening of the world’s largest LV store on New York’s Fifth Avenue next month, the luxury goods house is hosting a special exhibit to display 11 LV store models by architects Jun Aoki, Kumiko Inui, Kengo Kuma, Aurelio Clementi, Philippe Barthélémy and Silvia Grino, and Eric Carlson and David McNulty. The exhibit, running Feb. 6-28, will be held at the Milk Studios and comes to New York after Tokyo and Berlin.
Why the exhibit? According to a company statement, “Louis Vuitton wanted to demonstrate its interest in architecture, which, like fashion, envelops, protects and glorifies human beings. Through architecture, Louis Vuitton also dresses up a city.”
ENGLISHWOMAN IN N.Y.: London-based accessories, homeware and fabric designer Cath Kidston has signed a lease for her first store in the U.S.
Located at 201 Mulberry Street in NoLIta, the 2,500-square-foot boutique will offer the designer’s full assortment, which includes handbags, stationery, cushions, T-shirts, bed linen and candles. It is scheduled to open in May and will be the base for Kidston’s North American wholesale operation. This will be Kidston’s fifth store and her first outside London.
PUCCI TO THE RESCUE: For those whose back won’t take another day of towering stilettos, but chunky sneakers aren’t their cup of tea, Pucci is coming to the rescue.
The Florentine fashion house has joined forces with Sabelt —an Italian footwear maker that specializes in high tech sports shoes for Formula One drivers — to create a feminine sneaker and comfortable lace-up boot. The rubber-soled shoes are available in white elk with harlequin-print nylon insets and in baby blue and aqua suede with white canvas. The sneakers retail for $400 and the boots for $550.
EUROPEAN PLANS: Lambertson Truex is looking to Europe to expand.
During a recent presentation in Milan, co-designer Richard Lambertson outlined the luxury leather goods company’s strategy. With the help of the Milan-based Winwood showroom, the company is registering a 20 percent annual growth in Europe, where it now counts 85 points of sale, including recent additions like Profil in Brussels; Candice in Saint-Tropez, France; Jofre in Barcelona, and Stockholm in Stockholm.Distribution, Lambertson noted, should remain extremely selective. “Italians might not admit it, but they like things American,” said Lambertson. “People appreciate quality and they are responding to my working with the finest tanneries and my use of color.”
Lambertson is closely linked to Italy. In addition to his post as creative director of Gucci in the early Nineties, his accessories are produced there — bags are made in Florence and shoes in Padua, in northeastern Italy.
My character, Dinah Madani, is just the coolest, [most] badass woman imaginable," says @amberroserevah. The actress stars in @marvel's newest series on @netflix, @thepunisher. To prepare for her role, Revah sat down with Homeland agents to get a real sense of with Dinah's day-to-day life is really like. Read our full interview on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
A scene from the 91st annual @macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, which boasts 50 million TV viewers and 3.5 million on-site spectators, is considered one of the largest and most watched parades in the world. (📷: Jason Szenes/EPA-REX)
The circus came to @bloomingdales 59th Street on Tuesday night and lit up Lexington Avenue with acrobatic dancers, death-defying knife throwing, sword swallowing and aerial acts with no net. The 45 minutes of theatrics built up to unveiling the holiday windows depicting @swarovski crystal-encrusted circus pieces and scenes from “The Greatest Showman” – songs from the soundtrack included. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Joshua Scott)
The psychedelic fashion that pervaded the ’60s is back with an exhibit at the @museumofcityny. “Mode New York: Fashion Takes a Trip” chronicles the changing styles from 1960 through 1973 and features designers such as @ysl, @oscardelarenta and more. The exhibition, which is on display through April 1, is organized into four periods: First Lady Fasion, Youthquake, New Bohemia and New Nonchalance. Pictured here is model Pat Bardonella during the Garvey Day Parade in 1968. (📷: @kwamebphoto) #wwdeye #wwdfashion
“People should be a lot more honest in expressing both the dark and light of themselves. We need to give each other the space to do that because it’s the only way we can grow and evolve,” says @noelwells of her new film “Mr. Roosevelt,” which is largely based on her own struggles. Unexpectedly leaving @nbcsnl in 2014 after just one season, Wells felt set back in her self-esteem and career trajectory. She quickly refocused her energy to more personal projects, which led to the completion of “Mr. Roosevelt.” Read the rest of WWD’s interview with the “Master of None” actress on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
@barbrastreisand is giving fans a chance to see her perform up close in a new concert series, which makes its debut on @Netflix today. From behind-the-scenes takes to her concert performance in Miami last December, the two-hour streaming special captures Streisand in her element. Pictured here is the singer/actress photographed for WWD in 1963. (📷: Palmieri Tony) #wwdeye #wwdarchive
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)