A call for unity and cooperation came loud and clear from Mario Boselli, president of the Italian Chamber of Fashion, during a news conference Thursday to introduce Milan’s fashion week, which kicks off Saturday and runs until Oct....
A call for unity and cooperation came loud and clear from Mario Boselli, president of the Italian Chamber of Fashion, during a news conference Thursday to introduce Milan’s fashion week, which kicks off Saturday and runs until Oct. 3.
Boselli said total revenues for the fashion industry are expected to climb 2.5 percent by the end of the year to $83.69 billion (or 69.74 billion euros at current exchange), compared with last year — which was generally considered fashion’s annus horribilis. In 2003, the sector reported a 4.3 percent drop in revenues from 2002. “We must all work together and promote fashion around the world, cooperating with other excellent industries, such as design and food,” said Boselli, noting that exports are still weak. “A sign of recovery came late in the year and is still far from being extended to all divisions: the leather and textile sectors were still suffering midyear, while apparel reacted better and faster to an improvement of the macroeconomic climate, up 5 percent in the second trimester.”
Well into 2005, a weak U.S. dollar will remain the big stumbling block for Italy’s exports, he added.
Milan’s fashion week lists 219 collections: These include runway shows (see calendar, page 14) and other presentations. Boselli said 1,600 journalists are expected from 50 countries.
The following houses will hold their first runway shows during fashion week: Collection Privèe, designed by Massimo Bizzi; Debora Sinibaldi, a former designer at Gianfranco Ferré and consultant at Celine; Gibò, under the creative direction of the Japanese designer Ichiro Seta — Gibò was previously designed by Julie Verhoeven and showed in London; from Spain and Greece, respectively, designers Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and Angelos Frentzos, who showed his men’s collection in June here. Absent from the runways since February 2001, Ter et Bantine, now under the Mariella Burani Fashion Group umbrella, will show Oct. 2. The line is designed by Manuela Arcari.
Of note during the week: “Frozen,” an exhibition of photos by Scottish photographer Albert Watson; a photo exhibition by Gerard Malanga at Carla Sozzani’s gallery, and an exhibition of footwear designs by Andy Warhol at the city’s Triennale museum. These are part of Luigino Rossi’s private collection. Rossi heads Rossimoda, a footwear maker under LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which is opening a showroom in Milan as well. Rossi, a pop art collector and friend of Warhol, will also display other Warhol paintings and a selection of vintage footwear, ranging from Yves Saint Laurent to Ungaro and Fendi at the showroom debut.Another venerable footwear company, René Caovilla, will open its first store with a cocktail party on Via Bagutta, off Via Montenapoleone, on Sept. 29. Decorated with Caovilla’s personal 18th-century Venetian sofas and tapestries, glittering chandeliers, antique rugs, a Christo painting and Chinese vases, Caovilla said, “A minimalist decor would not suit our shoes,” referring to the jewel-encrusted stilettos displayed on a table covered by gold leaves and surrounded by an ostrich-hide frame or in a large Louis Vuitton-style trunk made with eel skin and lined in satin.
Valextra and Ralph Lauren will officially open their new boutiques here during the week. And while keeping mum on details, Hogan is planning a film-related extravaganza.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)