Next year, Missoni will celebrate its 60th anniversary. It’s asignificant milestone, one that Angela Missoni was contemplating forspring, which will hit around the same time. “I wanted to go back towhat I think the roots of Missoni are,” she said backstage postshow. Butdon’t think mélange knits. Instead, she looked to a white suit featuredon the cover of French Elle in the mid-Sixties, one of the earliestmemories she has of her parents’ fashion house.
She used thevisual as a starting point — a smart move, because the collection sheshowed was terrific. Missoni reimagined the label’s cornerstone knitsthrough interesting plays with layering and transparency, often veilingthe pieces in soft organza for an ethereal effect. A short fitted dressin a patchwork of pink knits was visible under a looser one in pinkorganza, and a sequined sheer floor-length gown was shown over a whiteknit version that hugged the body.
Missoni’s strong eye forcolors (often in gradations of greens and oranges), and her perfectsense of control, gave these clothes a certain allure. The swimwearenhanced that notion, i.e. a retro two-piece design worn under asignature Missoni knit one-piece, and a patterned cutout version under asheer green dress. It was at once suggestive and proper.
Throughout, the designer demonstrated a lovely light hand, down to thefinal few black exits that included a cool short trapeze dress over abodysuit — all with a slight futuristic vibe. Looks like Missoni isalready thinking about the next 60 years.
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