The pace will be dizzying, rivaling last season’s giddy carousel of 122 shows and 138 presentations. Back-to-back shows, cocktail parties and the occasional star-studded designer bash will crowd Milan Fashion Week (Sept. 22 to 29), with most major shows crunched into the last few days.
Reclusive Miuccia Prada no doubt will stir the crowd again, especially following last fall’s curious mix of heavy shapes in beefy wools treated with a futuristic hand. Look for clues in her invitation.
Donatella Versace continues to refine her glam-slam sensibility with great tailoring, sensual shapes and accessories, while King Giorgio is coming off a season where he grabbed headlines with provocative comments about the future of his powerhouse company. Armani told German newspaper Handelsblatt that he was open to an offer by L’Oréal to buy the firm, only to retract the statement when the international press went crazy with the story.
Succession is the issue now at the house of Ferré, which is wrangling with designer Gianfranco Ferré’s sudden death on June 17 of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 62. Names including the Viktor & Rolf duo and Alessandra Facchinetti have popped up as possible successors. But for spring, at least, the house will rely on its 35-member design team. Tonino Perna, IT Holding SpA chief, recently said, “[The] house must stay faithful to Ferré’s design aesthetics while moving forward.”
At Gucci, a smaller change is afoot. Word has it that designer Frida Giannini has replaced her former stylist with Emmanuelle Alt from French Vogue. Elsewhere, for this round, Manuele Malenotti, Belstaff’s ceo, is trying to convince friend and frequent Armani front-row face George Clooney and actor Ewan McGregor to attend the spring show.
DO IT “Arte Italiana 1968-2007,” running until Nov. 11, is Milan’s answer to the Venice Biennale. Conceived by Vittorio Sgarbi, the city’s controversial art critic and cultural councilor, the exhibition is a reconstruction of an alternative Italian art movement based on originality over notoriety. On display at the Palazzo Reale are some 200 works divided into four sections and representing the last four decades of Italian avant-garde art with movements of Pop Art, poor art and “transavanguardia” paintings. Domenico Gnoli, Renato Guttuso, Valerio Adami, Gianfranco Ferroni, Adelchi Mantovani, Lorenzo Tornabuoni and Giancarlo Vitali are among the featured artists. Your ticket also gets you into the exhibition “Mario Cavaglieri,” featuring work by the 20th-century Italian painter who reproduced a social salon atmosphere with beautiful women and tactile landscapes.
From Sept. 24, Palazzo Reale also will host a retrospective of American photographer David LaChapelle, including an unedited series of works inspired by Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel that LaChapelle did last year. Videos, musical clips and documentaries made for the likes of Elton John, Robbie Williams, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey also will be shown. “Arte Italiana 1968-2007,” Palazzo Reale, 12 Piazza Duomo. Open Monday, 2:30 p.m–7:30 p.m; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday–Sunday, 9:30 a.m–7:30 p.m; Thursday, 9:30 a.m–10:30 p.m.
GET IT Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil Olive oil may be a given for Italians, but foreigners seeking a healthy and tasty Italian souvenir must check out Chiù, a tiny store that bottles extra virgin olive oil from five different Italian regions—Lake Garda, Liguria, Tuscany, Puglia and Sicily. The customer selects the flavor’s intensity, which varies from region to region, and the golden liquid is bottled then and there. Chiù, which means “more” in the Neapolitan dialect, carries select Italian products, especially fresh mozzarella, pasta, pâtés and homemade sauces. For safe transportation back home, the oil is stored in a wooden box or can be shipped directly. Chiù Mozzarella e Olio, 5 Via Pontaccio; +39.0.2805.2296
Azzedine Alaïa’s Belt Retail guru Carla Sozzani has no doubts when it comes to fall’s splurge: Azzedine Alaïa’s thick white leather belt that rings in at 800 euros, or about $1,095 at current exchange. It has a small copper buckle and complements any high-waisted bottom or dress. Known for his seductive and clinging clothes, Alaïa has fans that include Victoria Beckham, Madonna, Naomi Campbell and Charlotte Rampling, among others. Corso Como 10; +39.0.265.3531
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye