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Bridget Foley’s Diary: Valentino’s Piccioli Finds His Place

Pierpaolo Piccioli takes a carpe diem approach to travel. On a short trip to New York City in March, he hit the Boom Boom Room, Katz’s Deli, The Red Rooster, Minton’s (its facade anyway; it was closed) and Il Buco. And that was just the first day, between afternoon touchdown at John F. Kennedy airport and lights out at the Crosby Street Hotel.
The primary purpose of his two-and-a-half-day visit was scouting; Piccioli was seeking a location for today’s Valentino cruise show. Despite his packed official schedule, Piccioli worked in plenty of extracurricular stops. “I love being everywhere,” he says. It didn’t hurt that his traveling companion, Valentino’s worldwide communications director, Francesca Leoni, lived and worked in New York for several years, keeps an apartment here and is a full-on Gotham-o-phile — a highly knowledgeable one, at that. They checked out the Boom Boom Room as a venue for tonight’s postshow party, and everywhere else, just for fun: Minton’s and The Red Rooster (for its music and a drink) because Leoni loves Harlem and Katz’s Deli, for its “When Harry Met Sally” “I’ll have what she’s having” kitsch. As for Il Buco — well, you have to eat. And when you see Mick Jagger post-pasta,

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Fool’s Gold Opens Brooklyn Store

DJs and producers Alain Macklovitch, better known as A-Trak, and Nick Catchdubs founded Fool’s Gold, an independent record label, 10 years ago. At the time, they had no idea the business would evolve into a full lifestyle company that includes an apparel collection, a Beats 1 radio station on Apple Music, and an events company — Fool’s Gold is known for its one-day festival called Day Off, which takes place in multiple cities.
“I don’t think that when we first decided to start a record label we thought we would have a shop,” A-Trak said. “But we were always fans of labels that were consistent brands and the kind of labels you wanted to represent with your clothing. So everything has been a pretty natural progression.”
Fool’s Gold opened its first store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 2011 but shut it down in November to focus on a new, larger space at 147 Grand Street. The shop, which was designed by Family New York, the architecture firm responsible for Off-White’s stores and the floating stage Kanye West performed on during his Saint Pablo Tour, is stocked with Fool’s Gold apparel and accessories along with vinyl records. And there’s a space in the store dedicated

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Emilio Pucci Debuts ‘Bikini Bar’ in Cannes

MILAN — Emilio Pucci is debuting its “Bikini Bar” project this week in Cannes, during the city’s film festival.
A traveling retail concept, the “Bikini Bar” consists of a colored beach changing room showcasing a limited-edition collection of bikinis, featuring triangle tops and briefs with adjustable straps, available in 19 exclusive prints. These include archival patterns, as well as the new Gazelle, Parasol and Libellula motifs.
Kicking off on the French Riviera, the “Bikini Bar” project will subsequently appear inside selected boutiques in other beach resort destinations, including Beirut, Capri, Mykonos, Taormina, Saint-Tropez and Porto Cervo.
The exclusive bikini capsule will also be available for a limited period at the Emilio Pucci online store.
Earlier this week, the brand inked a licensing agreement with Simonetta to launch a juniors’ collection targeting girls ages 0 to 14. It will bow for spring 2018 on June 22 at Palazzo Pucci, during the childrenswear trade show Pitti Bimbo.
The kids’ line will be distributed globally, available at the Emilio Pucci flagships and at its online store, as well as in select multibrand boutiques and department stores.
Pucci’s spring 2018 collection is being designed by an in-house team following Massimo Giorgetti’s exit last month. Giorgetti’s last collection as creative director was for

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Former Archaeologist Introduces Intimate Apparel and Knitwear Line

Over the past few seasons, the intimate apparel and lounge category has expanded, but Sasha Wixson believes there is still a white space for the type of product she’s creating.
“We think the underwear market is oversaturated in sports and comfort or on another hand, overtly vulgar products,” said Wixson, who is based in Paris. “There is nothing wrong with that and it has certainly flourished over the past decade, but it is opposing to what Wixson’s aesthetic and quality control values are about. Even our basic core pieces are beautiful, detailed and lasting.”
Wixson knows about details. The designer used to be an archaeologist before studying fashion design at Parsons and starting Wixson Paris, a men’s and women’s lounge, innerwear and knitwear brand, last year.
For the line, which is priced from $320 to $850, Wixson combined her love for art, fashion, colors, textures and self-expression of the civilizations to create pieces made from cashmere, silk, lace, Sea-Island Cotton and merino, which are decorated with freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals.
“The loungewear and knitwear pieces were conceived to transition between indoor and outdoor use,” said Wixson.
The line is currently sold on Wixson’s e-commerce site but the designer said she’s looking build wholesale partnerships

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Deirdre Quinn, Richard Richman Honored by Foundation Fighting Blindness

“It’s not always the case that causes and organizations that we champion and support carry a direct affect in our own lives, but this honor does carry a special meaning.”
That was Deirdre Quinn, founder and chief executive officer of the Lafayette 148 brand, after she received the Visionary Award from The Foundation Fighting Blindness, at a benefit for the organization at The Plaza in Manhattan on Tuesday evening. Richard Richman, the chairman and founder of The Richman Group Inc., considered the seventh largest apartment complex owner in the U.S., also received the foundation’s Visionary Award.
“I have an uncle who is blind,” Quinn told the crowd of 260, who raised roughly $425,000 for the foundation. “I visit him frequently. We sit at the window and I ask him, ‘can you see the trees?’ And he tells me he can see the shadows.
“It’s just incredible to think about how difficult it is for people with blindness. It’s such an honor to be here and such an honor to be part of a wonderful organization.”
“Twenty years ago, Deirdre had a dream — to create a vertically integrated fashion company that would cater to the lifestyle needs of professional women — real women with

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Guerlain Pairs With Le Coq Sportif on Sneakers

SHOE BIZ: To help mark the launch of a new iteration of its blockbuster women’s fragrance La Petite Robe Noire, Guerlain has teamed with French sneaker label Le Coq Sportif on a limited-edition Arthur Ashe model.
It was designed to reflect the perfume’s aesthetic codes, with the shoes’ sides decorated with black-and-white leather braids. Their outer soles are of transparent rubber encrusted with silver-colored sparkles, meant to call to mind the perfume’s sparkle, according to Guerlain.
The tongue on the right sneaker features the rooster label of Le Coque Sportif, while the left has the black dress drawing symbolizing La Petit Robe Noire.
Each pair of shoes comes with a ceramic piece — that can be worn as a charm on a necklace — and a sample of the perfume with which to fragrance it.
The sneakers will be retailed in France starting on May 29 through Guerlain’s boutiques and the Courir chain of stores. Available in sizes 36 to 41, each pair will sell for 95 euros, or $105 at current exchange rates.
Earlier this year Le Coq Sportif partnered with Editions M.R on a sneaker model for the fashion label’s fall men’s collection.
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FIT Launches Degree Program at SUNY Korea

Beginning in August, the Fashion Institute of Technology will become the second State University of New York institution to offer degree programs at SUNY Korea in Songdo, South Korea. The first is SUNY Stony Brook. It is also SUNY’s first global campus outside of the U.S.
The FIT programs being offered in South Korea are fashion design and fashion business management — two signature curricula of the college — leading to an associate in applied science, or AAS, degree. FIT’s location in South Korea makes it the college’s third location abroad, along with Milan and Florence.
The application deadline is June 30, and after that, admission is on a rolling basis. Admitted students will earn their AAS degree at FIT at SUNY Korea and may then apply to FIT’s bachelor’s degree programs in New York or Milan for fashion design.
Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT, said she was happy to offer students from all over Asia — including Japan, China, India, Thailand and Vietnam — the opportunity to have an FIT education in South Korea. “Students will be able to benefit from FIT’s offerings, complete with its curriculum and faculty, on the vibrant and innovative Incheon Global Campus. All of higher education functions globally today, and

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Farfetch, Tommy Hilfiger and Gap Win BFC, Decoded Fashion Future Awards

INNOVATION ACCOLADES: Farfetch, Tommy Hilfiger and Gap were among the winners of the Decoded Fashion Futures Awards held at the IET: Savoy Place on Tuesday. This is the third edition of awards event hosted by the British Fashion Council and Decoded Fashion for tech innovators in fashion and retail.
Farfetch scooped The Visionary award — the Fashion Futures Awards’ highest honor — which recognizes innovation and contributions to the fashion industry.
Tommy Hilfiger x Slyce took home the Digital Coalition award. The collaboration was recognized for its Tommyland Snap:Shop, an app that allowed viewers of the brand’s runway show to take photos and receive e-commerce links instantly.
Gap was awarded the Master of Mobile award for its shoppable Dressing Room augmented reality app.
Other winners included MishiPay Ltd., the tech company. It received the Game Changer award for its MishiPay program which allows customers to scan an item with their phones and pay via a handset. Meanwhile, Pictofit + Sabinna Studio and the Fashion Innovation Agency won the Beyond Runway award. The two tech companies teamed on a mixed reality shopping experience.
The judging panel was comprised of the BFC’s Caroline Rush and Clara Mercer; Maria McClay, industry head of fashion at Google; Sheena Sauvaire,

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Max Mara Wool Week Begins

MILAN — The Max Mara Wool Week starts today in a collaboration between the Italian fashion group and The Woolmark Company to celebrate Australian Merino wool, and the two groups are marking the project with the launch of an exclusive wool denim fabric.
“Max Mara has been employing wool for so many years,” said fashion director Laura Lusuardi, “we felt it was natural for us to communicate the qualities of this natural fiber, which is sustainable and is made up of the most wonderful elements — water, air, grass and the sun.”
Lusuardi said consumers increasingly “want to know what’s behind a product,” and this project allows to emphasize the characteristics of wool “without being too technical.”
Max Mara is employing wool denim in a capsule collection of daily pieces, from a shirtdress with a silk lining, to cuffed palazzo pants with front pleats and a double-breasted blazer or fitted jacket. Although created for fall 2017, Lusuardi said denim wool can be worn year-round, and underscored the functionality of the pieces. “We wanted to create absolutes,” she observed. “They are perfect for a busy woman who travels, they don’t crease, and are always impeccable. These are comfortable items and they don’t bleach or fade.

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