BERLIN — KaDeWe teamed with Bulgari on Thursday night to inaugurate the premium Berlin department store’s freshly enlarged front windows.The windows and soaring new entryway are the first visible sign of KaDeWe’s complete renovation by architect Rem Koolhaas, which got underway six months ago. The 646,080-square-foot department store will be fully redesigned as part of the KaDeWe Premium department store group’s three-store transformation program under new majority owner La Rinascente and its strategic partner, the Central Group.The renovation of Hamburg’s Alsterhaus is under the direction of German architectural office Kleihues+Kleihues, while John Pawson is revamping Munich’s Oberpollinger. The three renovations are expected to take six to eight years to complete at a cost of 300 to 400 million euros, or about $327 million to $437 million at current exchange.In contrast to the design of KaDeWe’s interior makeover and bold, almost 46-foot high entrance, the store’s 10 arched front windows actually represent a return to the emporium’s original 1907 format. They measure 13.45 feet in height, and are 13.8 feet wide.But to draw the eye to the Bulgari “Serpenti” jewelry and accessories on display, and to create a more intimate space, the Roman luxury house blacked out part of the windows in a frame that also reflects the arches in the Bulgari Via Condotti flagship recently renovated by Peter Marino.“It’s not by chance that we’re unveiling our new windows with Bulgari, a brand that stands for quality and design worldwide,” remarked KaDeWe Premium Group chief executive officer André Maeder. In response, Bulgari’s managing director for Germany and Austria Sandra Mohsni told guests, who included brand ambassador Princess Marie-Louise zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleberg, “We are very happy and proud to be the first brand that could occupy the new windows…Both our houses have a unique feel for luxury that’s a perfect combination and balance between tradition and innovation.”Bulgari has long been a featured luxury brand with its own shop in KaDeWe and also operates a store on Kurfürstendamm. “Germany is getting more and more important,” Mohsni said. “We see that expansion in new territories like Asia and South America are good, but the base has to be stable. ‘Old lady Europe’ may be more difficult,” she commented, “but in the end, the future is here.”But if Bulgari, like other luxury houses, has the economically solid German market in their focus, luxury is not necessarily an easy sell here, she said. “Luxury is quite new to Germans, and brands have an educational role to explain why certain things have a certain price. This is something Germans know and understand when it comes to cars, but in other areas, the question is always, 'Why does this cost so much?'"She added Germans appear to be “much more function-oriented and not prone to so much dreaming about things. The relation to luxury here is a little schizophrenic. People want their friends to instantly recognize what things cost, but it’s not something their cleaning ladies should know. In France and Italy, you can show, openly. However, that means there’s potential for development here, which makes Germany much more interesting.”As for KaDeWe, luxury is very much on the program as the store continues to expand its high-end offerings. The ground floor atrium, which will go through a total revamp next year, already makes a more luxury impression with its spacious and open display of luxury accessories brands.“Before you always had to walk around or through various installations, but now you finally enter and immediately get the feeling you’re in a premium, luxury store,” Maeder declared.The next phase of the store’s redesign will be unveiled in mid-November, with a new women’s designer fashion department, as well as a 21,500-square-foot men’s shoe department. “It’s the largest of its kind in Europe and every year over the next years, we’ll be presenting new areas and departments,” he said.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)