At Dolce Vita, the sweet life must be accompanied by a cute cocktail dress.Six years after introducing its distinctively edgy shoes worn by celebrities such as Jessica Simpson and Lindsay Lohan, the New York-based company plans to offer flirty floral minidresses and tiered silk slipdresses that pop in hot pink and other looks that will wholesale between $95 and $130.The new spring styles represent the next stage in Dolce Vita's diversification into apparel, which began with last year's inaugural lineup of shirtdresses and other simple silhouettes accentuated with pleats. For spring, Dolce Vita will incorporate floral prints, bold spring colors, silks and linens in some 75 styles."We were getting a lot of requests for clothing and want to create a global brand," said Kristy Eko, director of retail clothing. The footwear is sold at Nordstrom, Shopbop.com and Anthropologie, among other retailers.Dolce Vita isn't the first shoe purveyor to look beyond feet for its designs. New York's Steve Madden Ltd. entered the frock frenzy last spring with a dress line. Dolce Vita plans to test the new looks in its three stores in New York, Los Angeles and Santa Monica, Calif. Retailers that have picked up the dress line include American Rag Cie and Urban Outfitters. The line is being shown in New York at 156 Ludlow Street.First-year wholesale volume of the dress line is estimated at $2 million.Like the shoes, Dolce Vita's dresses are intended to embody what Eko described as "subversive elegance." For instance, designer Anna McCraney draped cotton, linen and silk gabardine in vibrant hues such as fuchsia and electric blue."Our customer is slightly on the alternative side but she is classy, elegant and trendy," Eko 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