Cartier in September unveiled its renovated Fifth Avenue mansion with selling space expanded to four floors from one-and-a-half, overall space more than doubled to 40,000 square feet and noble materials from marble to oak paneling restored to their former splendor.But to introduce its expanded Cactus de Cartier collection, the jeweler tossed aside the formality and elegance of the mansion for the building's rooftop, where the first installation since the store's reopening features an outdoor lounge, indigenous plants and jewelry displays that will be open to the public through June 29.While flowers have long been a key theme for Cartier, the cactus range is one of the house's more unique and unexpected collection. Cactus de Cartier redefines the traditional floral genre with sculptural, yet free-spirited pieces. Pendants, rings, earrings and bracelets feature rounded blooms often covered with spikes and decorated with diamonds and gems.Mercedes Abramo, president and chief executive officer of Cartier North America called them "unique, easy-to-wear pieces for audacious women everywhere.”The rooftop's desert-inspired decor offers an oasis above the bustling city below.An open-air lounge area features seating beneath wooden slat awnings. Wooden café seats and small tables are scattered across the 2,450-square-foot expanse along with hanging egg chairs. Southwestern pillows, cushions and artwork, colorful dunes, Navajo-inspired rugs and nature images by Santa Fe photographer Ja Soon Kim complete the desert scene.An immersive lighting display mirrors a full day, from dawn to dusk, with the cycle repeating every 10 minutes and ending with a bright sun.Guests are encouraged to enter the store through the main Fifth Avenue doors, where they can take in a Cactus de Cartier display on the main floor before taking a designated elevator to the roof.Cartier was looking to leverage the roof space with an installation and create a unique experience for customers.Last month, the company created an interactive experience for its relaunched Panthere de Cartier watch at Indochine. The pop-up, which featured a Panthere "stacking bar" where guests could style their own looks and live DJ performances, was aimed at younger customers, especially Millennials.
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.