Valentino is extending its VLTN retail project, which debuted with the women’s resort collection in October, to men’s wear.Unveiled this week in Florence – where in conjunction with international men’s wear trade show Pitti Uomo the brand unveiled a special installation at its local shop — the launch includes the opening of additional installations and pop-ups in key locations around the globe.Special installations will be unveiled inside the Milan flagship on Via Montenapoleone and inside the Rue Saint-Honoré store in Paris, respectively on Jan. 12 and 18. Then, starting from Jan. 26 for three weeks, dedicated VLTN men’s pop-up shops will bow in Tokyo, New York, Hong Kong and Seoul.[caption id="attachment_11092990" align="aligncenter" width="718"] A look from the VLTN men's collection.[/caption]The temporary retail spaces, in line with those unveiled for the resort collection, will feature a white, minimal look inspired by vintage gyms. Concrete will be combined with raw wood and metallic netting in venues decorated with simple benches.The retail installations and pop-ups will carry the VLTN men’s collection, which includes a selection and reinterpretation of some of the pieces shown during the brand's men’s spring 2018 runway show that marked the debut of the VLTN logo. Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli and his team cribbed the logo from old Valentino ones from the Eighties and Nineties.Focused on an elevated, luxury athletic wardrobe, the VLTN men’s collection combines influences from the sport, active and street worlds.[caption id="attachment_11092991" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The exclusive VLTN men's red T-shirt.[/caption]Along with the VLTN seasonal pieces, such as tracksuits and cotton shirts, each pop-up will carry exclusive items, such as a VLTN logo T-shirt and a tracksuit, both worked in red, as well as an exclusive pair of sunglasses. Other logoed items that will be on sale include a baseball cap, a basketball, shoe laces and a gym towel, while each pop-up shop will carry a T-shirt printed with the name of its city.
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.