PHOTOS BY JOHN AQUINO, GEORGE CHINSEE, GIOVANNI GIANNONI, THOMAS IANNACCONE AND ROBERT MITRA
H Hilfiger: No, there was no live band, but Tommy Hilfiger’s new H Hilfiger collection doesn’t need one. In the calm of his showroom on Tuesday, Hilfiger presented a terrific collection, one sure to become an anchor of the burgeoning “better better” category that’s suddenly all the rage among the designer set. Here, Hilfiger is going for a career focus, clearly distinguishing H from the more casual “Tommy Flag Hilfiger,” as the original line is referred to in-house. To that end, he provided all of the building blocks essential for a pulled-together look — trenches, jackets, sleek skirts — but with a relaxed attitude. “It will be slightly younger [than the competition],” he said, “and casual career, because young women today dress casually for work.”
That could mean a look as breezy as a striped cotton tank and layered polkadot silk skirt in blue and white, a delightful riff on Hilfiger’s Ithaca shirting stripes, or as polished as a chic trench and satin pencil skirt. He offered a good balance between tailored and relaxed pieces, and despite the overall unfettered mood, worked ample details into the clothes. Case in point: A shapely striped jacket with a hint of silver over a mini wrap skirt.
“Should I have put this on the runway?” Hilfiger mused, alluding to this paper’s review of his collection last week. He then explained why he didn’t, noting that he wanted people to leave the show thinking “music, color and fun,” and that, while such runway clothes never make it to department stores, they do influence the company’s offerings. Hilfiger then articulated the nasty fear that can sometimes derail runway shows, especially of designers whose strength lies in smart, grounded sportswear. “Any time we show highly salable looks on the runway, I feel it tends to bore the audience,” he said. But Tommy, our communal audience ennui just may be our problem and not yours — especially when the clothes look this good and timely. Why not Reality Runway? Hey, it works for TV.
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