Saks Holiday Luncheon Guests Make Their Christmas Wishes
NEW YORK — More than a few of the guests at Saks Fifth Avenue’s holiday luncheon Tuesday had graft on their minds, considering the eight designer co-hosts had each contributed some sort of trinket to the event’s much-hyped gift bag...
NEW YORK — More than a few of the guests at Saks Fifth Avenue’s holiday luncheon Tuesday had graft on their minds, considering the eight designer co-hosts had each contributed some sort of trinket to the event’s much-hyped gift bag or door prizes. So in the spirit of materialism, WWD asked several participants about their own holiday wish list and it turns out that most of them have visions of automobiles dancing in their head, perhaps in anticipation of a possible transit strike next week.
"Diamonds are forever," said Catherine Malandrino, although she suggested a vintage Ducati she’s been checking out might be more practical.
James Mischka mentioned an obscure classic car, "but I know I’m not going to get it," he said. His design partner Mark Badgley, meanwhile, has his eye on a new Hermès saddle for his horse. Anne Klein designer Charles Nolan said he wants a new paint job for his new Jeep, which arrived in an unpleasant shade of green. "I’m thinking of going with orange," he said.
Others had gifts in mind of a more personal nature. "I’ve never had a watch," Bill Blass designer Lars Nilsson said. "This is maybe the right time. I need to be more on time."
Andrew Bolton, associate curator of The Costume Institute, meanwhile, is searching for a sister for his recently acquired miniature dachshund, Cookie. "That’s Cookie as in the Duchess of Windsor’s nickname for the Queen Mother, as opposed to the biscuit," Bolton said.
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