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.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)