Among the three collections at Maximilian, Karl Lagerfeld's is the star. In his characteristic role as provocateur, the Kaiser blithely pinked the edges of luxurious Russian sable greatcoats and attached vests to long mink kimonos. He's not afraid to dye, either, tinting sheared muskrat or mink in rich aubergines and garnets. But Lagerfeld also goes refined -- his long, lean natural mahogany empire great coat with delicate drawstring closures was a knockout.
Louis Feraud's coats for Maximilian were best when he kept them simple. Never mind the multi-colored shearlings with stained glass or lion patterns. The simpler coats -- particularly his opera-collared sables and minks, broadtail tuxedo coats and sable-trimmed cashmeres -- were more successful. Almost every piece of the AltaModa group is looped, knotted or fringed. While some look a bit tortured, the natural Canadian walnut sable hooded coat with signature fringing was an exception, as was the natural ranch mink coat with a scalloped "petal" hem.
Andre and Lisa Bisang take pride in details, and they showed it with their collection for Tepper. Every design had something special -- frog or toggle closures, drawstring collars and cuffs or a shirttail hem. One winner was the camel cashmere cape coat with a golden Russian sable drawstring shawl collar. Among the dressier looks were directionally worked cape coats in golden marten or natural Canadian fisher and a black Russian broadtail shirttail cape with gathered sleeves. Modern shapes are another Bisang trademark. Especially good were the shearling boleros and gilets, and a spectacularly minimalist cardigan in cream sheared beaver reversing to suede.
Bob Mackie is no shy guy, so it's no surprise that he's gone all out for color in his collection for Corniche. Working mostly in sheared mink, the designer sent out classic trenches, officer's coats and even ponchos in deep gold, navy, forest green and cranberry red. A number of looks also featured contrasting fur whip stitching -- the anthracite sheared muskrat strollers with camel-toned mink accents were the high point. Corniche also presented its designs for the M. Collection, including beautiful, neutral-toned cashmere coats trimmed with Tibetan lamb or classic mink and charcoal sable coats edged with chinchilla. Best of the Gabriel Pisani by Dyria Furs were strollers in gold sueded persian lamb and black swakara and the golden-skin mink long coats. And Piazza di Spagna's standout was the shawl-collared wild-type mink tied with tassels.
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