BOTTEGA’S NEW VIEWS: Gucci Group’s Bottega Veneta will present its new eyewear collection in February. Produced and distributed by Italian eyewear giant Safilo Group, the collections consists of four unisex styles, developed by BV’s...
BOTTEGA’S NEW VIEWS: Gucci Group’s Bottega Veneta will present its new eyewear collection in February. Produced and distributed by Italian eyewear giant Safilo Group, the collections consists of four unisex styles, developed by BV’s creative director Tomas Maier. Beyond the craftsmanship, Maier citedthe eyebrow as a point of interest. "It’s rare when you find glasses that align in a beautiful way with the brows," he explained. "But if you have an eye for proportion, you notice that right away. We set out to create frames that redesign the eyebrow." The frames are crafted with brushed metal and acetate in different tortoiseshell hues to match the wearers’ hair color. High-performance lenses in shades of gray/green and amber provide optimal UV protection. In line with Bottega Veneta’s design creed, there are no visible logos. The line will initially be sold in the brand’s 53 boutiques worldwide. Shortly after, it will roll out to other eyewear retailers, but a Safilo spokeswoman said details are being hammered out. Retail prices for the frames range from $250 to $300.
SMOOTHER SAILING: Life is getting easier for Italy’s fashion companies. Vittorio Giulini, president of industry organization Sistema Moda Italia, said the Italian government is starting to recognize the importance of the fashion and luxury goods industry. Giulini said the Industry Ministry has agreed to accommodate a series of SMI demands, including tax breaks for companies that merge and better coordination at a European Union level to fight child labor. Giulini also praised Italy’s export commission for striking special deals with retailers —like the recent Viva Italia campaign at Canada’s Holt Renfrew & Co. —by which Italy will subsidize some promotional expenses if stores boost their orders of Italian merchandise. A similar event could take place at Bergdorf Goodman or another prominent U.S. store, Giulini said.
HARRODS’ 2002 PROFITS RISE: Extraordinary items such as the sale of property and investments boosted pre-tax profit at Harrods Holdings Group more than 200 percent to $27.6 million from $8.8 million in the fiscal year ended Feb. 2, 2002. Stripping out those exceptional items, however, pre-tax profit would have slid 97 percent to $314,000 from $11.1 million. Harrods did not reveal after-tax profits in its statement. Dollar figures are converted from pounds at current exchange rates.The private company controlled by Mohamed Al Fayed said in a statement Sunday that sales rose 0.1 percent to $849 million from $848 million. Same-store sales, however, dipped 2 percent in what the company described as difficult trading conditions. However, it said group trading figures for the first nine months of the current fiscal year were showing a 5 percent rise on a same-store basis. October’s group sales were more than 13 percent ahead of last year.
In the 2002 fiscal year, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization fell 13 percent to $72 million from $83 million due mostly to increased distribution and restructuring costs. A spokesman said he expected EBITDA to improve as the company wraps up redevelopment of its back office and physical infrastructure.
BULGARI’S CHINA-BOUND: Following the opening of a boutique in Hong Kong last week, Bulgari’s chief executive, Francesco Trapani, said the company plans to open its first store on the mainland, in Beijing or Shanghai, next year or in 2004. The Italian jeweler is rolling out a series of flagships: Two months ago, it opened a store in Tokyo’s Ginza, and it plans to open in Zurich by the end of the year and Los Angeles in 2003.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)