Fashion showmen extraordinaire Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren said Monday that they would present their spring-summer 2009 collection on their Web site, in lieu of the Paris runway, on which the Dutch designers in the past have featured pyrotechnics, fog and blue-screen technology effects.
WWD reported Monday that the designers would forgo the runway this season as they transition to new ownership by Renzo Rosso’s Only the Brave Srl. Starting with the fall-winter 2009 season, Staff International, Only the Brave’s manufacturing and distribution arm, will hold the exclusive worldwide license for Viktor & Rolf’s women’s and men’s collections of clothing, shoes and accessories. Gibò will manufacture and distribute the spring collection.
“It’s a creative solution between partners,” Snoeren said Monday. “It’s quite a big production. We’re shooting it next week.”
The online showcase, to go live on Oct. 2 on their new Web site, viktor-rolf.com, will depict an actual fashion show in the Grand Salon of their virtual house. “It’s a bit like in the Fifties in the French couture salons,” Snoeren said. However, the online version will employ the latest technologies and allow for “guests” to access the backstage area, to see hair and makeup, and to pop in on the designers for fittings of their collection, titled Funny Face.
“There’s so many possibilities on the Internet,” Snoeren said.
Not that he and Horsting can resist the thrill of a real show. “This gives us a chance next season to have a fresh start with a real runway show in Paris,” Snoeren said.
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