OPEN SEASON: Hi Hotel is bringing a jolt of modern design to the French Riviera.The new boutique hotel, which recently opened in Nice, is the brainchild of Matalli Crasset, an interior architect and graphic designer who trained under Philippe Starck. The main point of departure for the 38 rooms is open-plan layouts, with bedroom and bathroom mingled in a single area. Instead of walls, Crasset often employs plants as partitions. One room has multiple levels for different activities like washing, sleeping and relaxing.Throughout, Crasset adds high-tech touches like flat-screen TVs and centralized control panels, figuring "a short-term stay away from home is a great moment for experimenting." The bar is equally unusual, with a suspended basket-like structure that doubles as a DJ alcove, and the spa features a hamman fashioned from resin, while the rooftop swimming pool looks like a giant terra-cotta pot. Room rates range from about $150 to $360.DECO DREAMING: The Victoria and Albert Museum is celebrating three decades when the world, from Hollywood to Paris to Bombay, went wild for Art Deco. The exhibition, "Art Deco 1910-1939," which kicked off earlier this week, features 300 works that include sparkling Cartier pendants, silver canopy beads and the foyer of London’s Strand Palace Hotel, which the V&A rescued from demolition in the late Sixties.Chief curator Ghislaine Wood said it was time for Deco to be treated seriously."Art Deco has so often been dismissed as decadent and frivolous, but it was a global style that had such an impact on world culture," she said. "And it’s still so popular."Deco hit its peak during the Paris Exhibition of 1925, when countries were asked to design pavilions filled with furniture, paintings and decorative objects aimed at the consumer. After the stock market crash in 1929, Deco designers adapted to harder times — and the drop-off in luxury goods consumption — by using cheaper materials such as plastic, chrome and aluminum.During the Depression, "streamlining" emerged as the new Deco trend as companies tried myriad ways to package and add a little glamour to everyday objects such as toasters, clocks, radios and water pitchers, and to stimulate sales.The exhibition runs until July 20 and will then move to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto this fall. It will also be shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in San Francisco and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 2004.
“I design by visualization. I see things, and most of the time they’re not practical to actually make, and what I’ve found here, it’s like anything’s possible. This is the first time that I’ve made a sole unit in two months. That process usually would take six, so here’s a difference,” said @virgilabloh of the first sneaker sample he created for @louisvuitton, pictured here. Abloh spoke to WWD about his debut collection for Louis Vuitton, creating @kendalljenner’s #metgala outfit and redefining the heritage brand. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @alfredo_piola)
The world’s largest producer of denim @iskodenim is sharing the strategy behind its product development process. Read our full interview with ISKO’s product development manager Baris Ozden on the company’s extensive research practices, upcoming denim trends and the latest material innovations on WWD.com. #iskodenim
“I genuinely fell in love with water, I fell in love with Fiji, I fell in love with the whole life that we lived for those few months,” says @mrsamclaflin of filming for his new movie “Adrift” with @shailenewoodley. The 31-year-old actor spoke with WWD about his upcoming projects, meeting Jamie Dornan and working with co-star Woodley. #wwdeye (📷: @jamstoker)
3 years ago, fans of the late singer Aaliyah started calling for a collaboration with @maccosmetics. With the strength of social media — including mock ups of products — 25,000 people signed a Change.org petition for a limited-edition collection, and MAC couldn’t ignore the buzz. Tomorrow, MAC will unveil MAC x Aaliyah, a tribute to the singer who passed away nearly 17 years ago. Head to our stories to preview the new collection, which was worked on by Aaliyah’s family and inspired directly by her makeup bag. #wwdbeauty
Artistic director @clarewaightkeller will be dedicating @givenchyofficial’s fall 2018 couture show in Paris on July 1 to house founder Hubert de Givenchy, who passed away in March at age 91. Givenchy said the collection would be “an homage to his iconic creations, technique, and personal lexicon” and a “celebration of his timeless elegance and grace.” Head to WWD.com to read more. #wwdfashion (📷: Delphine Achard)
La Double J made a name for itself with its vintage-inspired prints, but for resort, designer JJ Martin has ventured into new territory: enter rich jewel toned solids and decadent embellishment, in the form of appliqués, crystals and sequins. #wwdfashion #resort19 #ladoublej
This Just In: J. Crew Group has named Johanna Uurasjarvi as its chief design officer.
Uurasjarvi succeeds Somsack Sikhounmuong, who left the company last September. Tap the link in bio for the full report. #wwdnews
“She came into my hotel room and she was like, ‘I have Chanel and Christian Dior.’ She was like, ‘Chanel likes you.’ And I was like, ‘I’m going to start crying,’” breakout star Maddie Hasson tells WWD of her styling sessions Molly Dickson. “I really like classic, elegant things. I love the way Anna Wintour dresses.” Read more about Hasson’s role in @impulseseries on wwd.com. (📸: @jgreenery ) #wwdeye
@virgilabloh revealed he's working with Australian stylist and
Vogue Australia fashion director @christinecentenera for his debut @louisvuitton men's collection, which will be presented in Paris on June 21. Centenera met Abloh while both working with Kanye West, where she consulted on his all his runway collections since his debut spring 2012 women's wear show. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews (📷: @asussmanphoto)