ARCHITECTURE High Line The hundreds who attended the Calvin Klein anniversary bash last fall got a preview, but come spring, the High Line at last opens Sections 1 and 2 so now the rest of the masses will be able to wander the much-anticipated park along the former elevated train tracks on Manhattan’s West Side.
FESTIVAL Man Hong Kong Literary Festival Who knew Hong Kong had one of the best literary festivals around? Local bookworms can catch Ian McEwan on his only day in town when he appears at a festival lunch at M on the Fringe. But Yann Martell, Mitsuyo Kakuta, Anne Enright and Edward Larson will be among the other authors on hand for the two-week event, which begins March 8. FILM The Lovely Bones Peter Jackson takes a departure from hobbits and wizards to helm this adaptation of Alice Sebold’s dark novel. The cast includes Rachel Weisz, Saoirse Ronan and Mark Wahlberg—who replaced Ryan Gosling when the Canadian actor left over creative differences just a day before filming started. Out March 13.
FOOD Marea Come March, the chef-and-owner duo behind the much-vaunted Alto and Convivio, Michael White and Chris Cannon, partner for a third time to open Marea, an Italian seafood restaurant, in the former San Domenico space on New York’s Central Park South. Meanwhile, San Domenico will be reincarnated as SD26, a hipper version of the venerable institution, on East 26th Street. Book now.
DANCE Merce Cunningham at 90 The minimalist choreographer (and living legend) fetes his milestone birthday with a gala and a world premiere at Brooklyn’s BAM on April 16. The piece, created in collaboration with band Sonic Youth, former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and composer Takehisa Kosugi, will feature the artists performing live.
FASHION “The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion” Arguably the year’s most in-demand social ticket, the Costume Institute gala takes over the Metropolitan Museum on May 4, with honorary chair Marc Jacobs and co-chairs Kate Moss, Justin Timberlake and Anna Wintour. Start saving to buy one of the $125,000 tables.
FILM Bruno Sasha Baron Cohen’s character made a splash during the last fashion weeks in Milan and Paris, and come May 15, the results will be on screen, along with all the people he duped. Could Bruno do for fashion what Borat did for Kazakhstan?
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