Lutz & Patmos has lined up Jane Birkin as its newest guest designer — quite a leap from the Amtrak conductor who last held that title.
The British actress and chanteuse has been on the brand’s wish list for some time, since she has been its unofficial muse. Tina Lutz, who designs the collection with Marcia Patmos, flew to Paris in May to hang out with Birkin in her Paris apartment and discuss design ideas. Dressed in Levi’s, a slouch cashmere sweater and Converse sneakers, the 61-year-old embodies the label’s low-key style. “She has this really relaxed, nonchalant style without being overtly sexy, which is very sexy,” Lutz said.
Well-known for her humanitarian activism with Amnesty International, Birkin chose an Italian-made organic cashmere for the scoopneck, slim-fitting, elongated tank with crochet details she designed. There is also a wide V-neck with a raw edge neckline with slightly flared three-quarter-length sleeves. “It’s a cool little sweater that can fall over one shoulder. That’s probably how Jane would wear it,” Lutz said. Price points haven’t been set.
Despite her movie roles, including “Blowup,” and her former status as Serge Gainsbourg’s sidekick, Birkin is not big on public appearances. Given that, it’s unclear if she will make a cameo at Lutz & Patmos’ Sept. 9 presentation in New York. Aside from being the mother of Kate Barry, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon, Birkin is the namesake of Hermès’ most coveted handbag — something she may have need for in her next film project. Now that she has wrapped up her latest album, “Winter Children,” she is preparing to play the role of a fashion editor. “I already feel the part, thanks to you,” she told Lutz.
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