Who: Assisi, Italy-born, Milan-based Vivì Ponti launched Vivetta, her own collection in 2008, and won Fresh Lounge’s Who’s Next contest in Paris the same year. With her platinum-blonde pixy cut, rounded glasses and Sixties-inspired look, the designer perfectly reflects the essence of her ready-to-wear line, which is an infusion of a playful, fairylike femininity.
Ponti’s signature retro style is evident in coats, dresses, blouses and skirts, all featuring simple shapes and embellished with ironic and funny details for a romantic yet surreal effect. She has one rule: No pants.
“I have never worn a pair of jeans in my life,” she underlined.
What: For the fall collection, Ponti focused on dresses. There are several eccentric styles, including a bustier model with a voluminous organza underskirt, as well as more commercial looks, such as midcalf crepe wool or alpaca shift dresses with leopard fake fur cuffs and collar. The soft palette includes powder pink, baby blue and cream, which are combined in striped blouses. Retail prices range from 70 euros, or $95 at current exchange, for a knitted dress to 120 euros, or $163, for a coat with fake fur details.
Where: Vivetta will show at the Mi Milano Prêt-à-Porter fair, Feb. 25 to 28.
Who: Jewelry brand Vernissage was founded in 2007 by Ilenia Corti, in collaboration with Matteo Mena. The line is completely handcrafted in Valenza, Italy, by artisans from Corti’s family business, a fine art jewelry company called Santagostino. It comprises unique pieces that are reproducible but never identical.
“To show the hidden core of the jewel, we highlighted its skeleton through a filigree of twisted gold,” Corti explained.
Each collection acts as a chapter of a dreamy fairy tale presented in unusual ways, such as through the photography of Sarah Moon or through Super 8 videos created by the designer.
Earrings, rings and pendants decorated with nature-inspired elements such as moths, bees and leaves, among others, come in oxidized and burnished gold paired with precious gems, or in a more affordable silver variant.
Vernissage is sold in prestigious stores worldwide, including Barneys New York in New York and Selfridges in London.
What: “The main inspiration for the new collection is fauna decay, in terms of how men rage against nature,” Corti explained. Burnished silver whistles refer to haunting, and a silver and gold ring, embellished with rubies and red enamel, features the image of a fawn trapped in a snare. The recent phenomenon of blackbirds falling dead in Arkansas also finds a place in the collection. Retail prices start from around 250 euros, or $340.
Where: Corti and Mena will present their new collection at the Mi Milano Prêt-à-Porter trade show.
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