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.
@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)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia