MILAN — Prada will open a store in the Miami Design District on Dec. 6, in conjunction with the Art Basel Miami fair. The one-story unit, designed by the brand’s go-to architect Roberto Baciocchi, covers 3,890 square feet and carries women’s ready-to-wear, leather goods, accessories and footwear. Stefano Cantino, the group’s communications and external relations director, said the Miami store will be the brand’s 33rd in the U.S. The group’s total retail network in America covers 44 stores, including 10 Miu Miu units and one Church’s. Cantino said the opening “is in line with the group’s expansion strategy, as its goal is to strengthen its presence in mature markets, as well as in emerging ones.” RELATED STORY: Miu Miu Pops Up in London >>The company has been investing in its retail chain, which showed a 47 percent gain in the first half of the year, accounting for 80.7 percent of sales.America, which includes Canada, Mexico and Brazil, showed a 31 percent spike in revenues in the first half, and accounted for 15 percent of total revenues for the group. In the six months ended July 31, Prada’s revenues gained 36 percent to 1.54 billion euros, or $1.99 billion, compared with 1.13 billion euros last year. Dollar figures are converted at average exchange rates for the periods to which they refer.Cantino revealed that, in the first months of 2013, the company will open Prada stores at the Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego and at the Westfield Valley Fair Mall in San Jose, Calif., which will also house a new Miu Miu store. The bright facade of the Miami store is enhanced by the reflections of transparent Perspex panels and the large glass windows, which define the building’s architecture.The store features light carpeted floors and round cornered rooms. Features of the Baciocchi-designed stores include pale green curtains and crystal and steel displays. The furnishing is completed by green velvet “Clover Leaf” sofas, designed by Verner Panton and exclusively reproduced for Prada.Located near the entrance, the footwear sector is marked by round crystal tables, while the area dedicated to accessories, eyewear and small leather goods is furnished with crystal and steel counters with colored displays.As of July 31, the company had 414 directly operated stores worldwide, including 263 Prada boutiques, 102 Miu Miu units, 43 Church’s shops and six Car Shoe stores.
Exclusive: @longchamp is planning to stage its first official runway show at New York Fashion Week this fall. The French leather goods firm has expanded into ready-to-wear as part of its repositioning as a lifestyle brand. The show, scheduled for September 8, will also cap the brand’s 70th anniversary celebration. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex undertook their first overseas engagement as a married couple in Dublin. The trip included multiple events and outfits changes, including this black dress by @emiliawickstead that Meghan Markle wore for a party at the British Ambassador’s home. #wwdfashion #royals
At 20 years old – and with an estimated net worth of $900 million - @kyliejenner is the youngest person to ever make @forbes’ annual list of America’s Richest #SelfMadeWomen. “It’s incredible to be recognized for something I’m so passionate about, and I’m really grateful for that. I’ve always loved makeup and worked really hard to bring the first lip kit to the market,” said Jenner on founding @kyliecosmetics. See who else is on the list on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @rainerhosch)
“The collection is inspired by Tulum and the Mayan Riviera – its laid-back luxury, life of cabanas, untouched coastline, natural habitats, exotic cocktails and jungle parties with renowned DJs,” said Matteo Maniatty, creative director and cofounder of @descendantofthieves, on the brand’s inspiration for its latest collection. See more designer sketches and inspirations on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #nyfwmens #nyfw
@riccardotisci17 is releasing a limited-edition capsule collection as part of his anticipated runway debut for @burberry in September. Delivered in a series of instant drops, this is the second Burberry capsule collection announced since Friday, when Tisci broke the news on his collaboration with @viviennewestwood. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
“It’s like a Cinderella story. You get a little fake, you get a little real, you put it together and voilà,” said legendary rapper Slick Rick, who helped pioneer the merge of luxury and streetwear. WWD’s @ariahughes spoke to @therulernyc about his jewelry collection, his collaboration with @bally and how the industry has evolved – link in bio. (📷: @kristaschlueter)
@ragandbone and @eminem are teaming up on a special capsule collection of streetwear pieces. Sold at a one-day pop-up in London’s Soho on Friday, the collection features three different T-shirt designs and a hoodie. The capsule is set to kick off the rest of Eminem’s shows in his European Revival Tour, which ends on Sunday. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdfashion