STORE SWEET STORE: Not even at the age of 96 did architect Philip Johnson pass up a new challenge: designing his first fashion store, which also happens to be the first store for the Tod’s group apparel and outerwear brand Fay, located on...
STORE SWEET STORE: Not even at the age of 96 did architect Philip Johnson pass up a new challenge: designing his first fashion store, which also happens to be the first store for the Tod’s group apparel and outerwear brand Fay, located on Milan’s Via della Spiga. Diego Della Valle, chairman of the Italian luxury goods firm, met the Ohio-born architect — a major player in creating America’s modern skylines — a couple of years ago, and discovered they were mutual fans. "He wears my shoes and I asked him to design my personal Glass House on the pond of my villa near Ancona," he said. "We started talking about the Fay store project and jokingly I asked him if he wanted to help out. I was taken back when he agreed."
Johnson’s sketches for the 2,160-square-foot store came to life thanks to a team of Italian architects, who built a store that branches out in various directions through small rooms, resembling the blueprint of a home. Adding a personal touch to Johnson’s olive wood beams, open-front box displays and glazed metal clothing racks, Della Valle added a few items, like a group of globes he collected from the Twenties and Thirties and a metal sculpture cobbled with the exhaust pipes of Formula One Ferrari race cars from 1986.
HERE TODAY, GONE TADAO: When Tadao Ando unveiled the new Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth on Monday, the architect, known for his passion of precise geometry rendered in concrete, glass and steel, described his mission in Texas as much warmer and cozier than the materials would suggest. "I always think of this museum as being the heart and nucleus of the community," he said. "In an age of technology, computers and isolation, a place where people can come together is very, very important. I dreamed of a place where the children of the city could come where they feel they belong." Ando set out on a paradoxical quest: to protect the art from the rigors of the Texas sun, while creating a sense of openness with plenty of windows. He achieved this by creating three cube-like glass pavilions that jut into the water of a broad reflecting pond, encasing smaller concrete boxes that enclose the artwork.
HORIZONTAL POSITION: Anish Kapoor has unveiled not only the biggest sculpture at London’s Tate Modern museum, but one of the biggest in the world. The sculpture, named Marsyas after the satyr in Greek mythology who was flayed alive by the god Apollo, is 512 feet long and made up of three steel rings joined by a single span of PVC membrane. Kapoor’s sculpture is the third to be commissioned by Unilever, which donates $375,000 a year to the museum. But he is the only artist so far to actually fill Tate’s Turbine Hall, which is 512 feet long, 76 feet wide and 380 feet high. "The hall is an enormously difficult space," Kapoor said. "The great problem is that it demands verticality. This is contrary to every notion about sculpture that I’ve ever engendered in my work. So I felt that the only way to deal with the vertical is to deal with the full horizontal." Previous Unilever artists include Louise Bourgeois, who made a giant spider, and Juan Munoz, whose work filled only the back half of the hall. Marsyas will be on display at Tate until April.
NO SPEED LIMIT: Maserati polished its new four-seat coupe and Spyder convertible, along with some throwbacks including a 5000 GT that once belonged to the Shah of Iran, for a Wednesday night party at the Four Seasons restaurant. Both of the new models can be ordered with a six-speed manual transmission or with the Cambiocorsa for paddleshifting like a Formula One racecar or like a traditional transmission. Both cars can go zero to 60 mph in under five seconds.
Gladhanding in a crowd of 400, Luca Cordero Di Montezemolo, president of the Ferrari Maserati Group, said he wanted to celebrate Italian racing’s return to the U.S. after a 12-year absence. While he has no plans to collaborate with American designers on any special editions, he noted Ralph Lauren is a customer.
At the bash, another owner, Alberta Ferreti, said she’s been known to put the pedal to the metal — to 132 mph. Don’t tell the state police.
@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)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)