PARIS — So much for the (relatively) low-key show venue.
Nicolas Ghesquière, whose debut for Louis Vuitton in March took place in a vast tent with beige, bleacher-style seating in the Louvre’s Cour Carrée, will decamp to Monte Carlo and parade his first cruise collection at the foot of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco on May 17.
The 7 p.m. fashion spectacle, taking place during the Cannes Film Festival, is being staged under the high patronage and presence of Princess Charlene of Monaco. The royal, who attended Ghesquière’s Paris debut, said she was “particularly pleased” to welcome the designer to the Palace Square, where tourists gather to watch the changing of the guards ceremony each day just before noon.
The Vuitton event, which is to be live streamed on the French luxury brand’s Web site, is billed as the first fashion show to take place in the square. It also marks the first time Vuitton is putting its cruise collection on a runway.
Dior, which is slated to hold its cruise show in New York today, made its Monaco runway debut a year ago in a specially constructed white box jutting out over the port.
With roots stretching back to the 12th century, the palace is the official residence of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene and remains one of the most emblematic sites on the French Riviera, perched on the Rock of Monaco overlooking the port and the Mediterranean Sea.
Vuitton noted its ties to the royal family stretch back to 1904, when it created a wardrobe trunk in crocodile. In 1997, it christened a handbag Le Malicieux to mark the 700th anniversary of the royal dynasty and pay tribute to François Grimaldi, who seized the fortress of Monaco in 1297. His descendants still rule the principality today.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)