John Bercow Says David Cameron ‘Thinks People Like Him Are Born To Rule’

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Kate Middleton Completes Her Somber Look With This $30 Sparkly Accessory at Festival of Remembrance

Kate Middleton went for an appropriately somber look as she and the rest of the British royals honored fallen soldiers today at the Festival of Remembrance in Kensington, London. Middleton sported a navy, long-sleeved dress with sheer black tights. Kate Middleton and Prince William arrive to the Festival of Remembrance in London on Nov. 9. […]

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UK Weather Forecast: Flood Warnings Remain In Place As First Snow Of The Season Is Recorded

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Meghan Markle Wears Chic Bow-Accented Pumps at Festival of Remembrance

Meghan Markle recycled shoes from the depths of her closet at the Royal Festival of Remembrance today at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The Duchess of Sussex went for a vintage feel with her attire, selecting an understated black dress with a subtle jacquard pattern. The dress featured a V-neckline and a full skirt. Meghan Markle […]

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Melania Trump Jets Off to Alabama in Her Favorite 4-Inch Stilettos

Melania Trump jetted from Washington, D.C. to Alabama today alongside husband Donald Trump — and she looked sleek in head-to-heel black. The first lady wore a knee-length coat with a ribbed collar and a button-up front, which she layered over a long-sleeved dress. Melania Trump in a black coat and Manolo Blahnik BB pumps en […]

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Labour Candidate’s Daughter Bridges Political Divide With ‘Pockets For Women’ Manifesto

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A$AP Rocky To Return To Perform In Sweden Months After Detainment

The rapper is scheduled to perform in Stockholm in December. Via:: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/asap-rocky-return-sweden-performance_n_5dc6f009e4b02bf57940c587       

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Jaime King Wears Tory Burch Loafers Inspired by the Designer’s Dad to Ray-Ban Event in LA

Jaime King showed up in style to the opening of Ray-Ban’s latest outpost on Los Angeles’ Abbot Kinney Boulevard last week. The 40-year-old “Pearl Harbor” actress wore a striped, zip-front shirt from Tory Burch (marked down to $209 on the brand’s site) tucked into wide-legged denim pants. Jaime King wears Tory Burch flats at Ray-Ban’s […]

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Best Cyber Monday Shoe Deals You Can Expect

With Halloween in the books, our collective attention has shifted to the holidays — and to the savings that come along with the season. Cyber Monday represents one of the biggest sales opportunities of the years — and the shoe deals are no joke. Here, FN rounds up everything we know so far about the […]

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Paulina Porzikova Responds To Reports That Ric Ocasek Cut Her Out Of His Will

The supermodel and widow of the late Cars frontman says she had known for months. Via:: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/paulina-porzikova-knew-ric-ocasek-cut-her-out-of-will_n_5dc6f434e4b00927b233f84f       

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Donald Trump Endorsed A ‘Maga Challenge’ And The Results Are Erm… Interesting

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How A Conspiracy Theory About The Notre Dame Cathedral Led To A Mosque Shooting

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How A Conspiracy Theory About The Notre Dame Cathedral Led To A Mosque Shooting

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Alexandra Shulman: ‘I value contentment rather than focusing on being happy’

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Alexandra Shulman: ‘I value contentment rather than focusing on being happy’

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‘Last Christmas’ Director Paul Feig Shares His Real Thoughts About That Fan Theory

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‘Last Christmas’ Director Paul Feig Shares His Real Thoughts About That Fan Theory

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Comedians Troll Donald Trump Jr. With Bookstore Cover Swap Stunt

Comedy group The Good Liars changed covers on the presidential son’s book to “make it a little more honest.” Via:: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-jr-spoof-book-covers_n_5dc6a7f9e4b0fcfb7f66e86b       

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Martin Margiela is back and talking. Thirty years after he first mystified and enthralled fashion with his nonconformist brilliance, and 11 years after he walked away from the industry following his 20th anniversary runway show, the designer is the subject of Reiner Holzemer's documentary film “Martin Margiela: In His Own Words,” which premieres tonight at the DOC NYC Film Festival. The director's previous works include films on William Eggleston, Juergen Teller and, most recently, the 2017 “Dries” (as in Van Noten). Margiela is widely considered one of modern fashion's most important designers, his influence continuing today in all sorts of arenas — deconstruction, streetwear, repurposed vintage, down-off-the-pedestal haute couture, alternative show venues. Anyone with a casual interest in the edgier aspects of fashion's recent past should find plenty of interest in the documentary; serious fashion-history obsessives will be all aflutter to hear firsthand the designer's perspective on his career. Margiela's conversation volleys between esoteric musings and pragmatic dissection of craft and problem-solving; from the start, he distinguished himself as both renegade creator and skilled artisan. He was also a designer who for two decades navigated the uneasy terrain of a challenging industry, and he offers a brief, stinging assessment of whyFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Plus-size lingerie, skimpy swimsuits and other unmentionables were the buzzwords of choice at the HUG Gala Wednesday evening in Midtown Manhattan. The annual Project Help Us Give Gala — now in its 64th year — was formed by leaders in the lingerie and swimwear industries to raise money for charity. Executives from brands like Wacoal, Lively, PVH Corp., Ross Stores and Miraclesuit all donned their finest attire as they gathered in the penthouse of 230 Fifth Avenue to mingle over fancy cocktails and the sounds of jazz singer Pucci Amanda Jhones. “I'm not sure who put together the gift bags, but usually it takes me a full day in the sun to turn the same shade of the lingerie that was in those bags,” Dr. Steven Flanagan, medical director at Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Health, told the crowd of more than 200 people as they nibbled on New York steak and ravioli. He was referring to the scarlet-colored, lacy thong that was a party favor. Guests at the 2019 Project HUG Gala in New York City. Courtesy Despite the light-hearted shenanigans, the event had a serious undertone. It helped raise more than $200,000 for the Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone and the PediatricFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
MILAN — Giambattista Valli has reorganized the schedule of the collections under the Giamba moniker. The strategy, which the designer developed for his Giamba line, founded in 2014 to complement the main Giambattista Valli line with playful, underground and somewhat sexy designs, includes the release of two collections a year, instead of four. According to a company spokesperson, the new strategy better responds to the needs of retailers that require getting products in stores early in the season. Giamba unveiled this course with the spring 2020 season, when the brand presented a single collection, unveiled to buyers in July in conjunction with the resort schedule. Giamba Resort 2020 Courtesy Photo Recently, the Roman designer, who also operates a couture line introduced in 2011, collaborated with Swedish fast-fashion giant H&M on a capsule collection, which was celebrated on Oct. 24 with a runway show followed by an event in his native city. In 2017, Artémis, the investment arm of the Pinault family, took a minority stake in the Giambattista Valli company. Artémis is the majority shareholder of the global luxury group Kering, led by François-Henri Pinault. It also owns the auction house Christie's; several prestigious vineyards, including Château Latour; the luxury cruise specialist Ponant; the Fnac Darty group; the weeklyFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS — Kris Van Assche has found a way to combine his passion for Pierre Jeanneret furniture with his role as creative director of shoemaker Berluti. The designer is collaborating with the Paris-based Laffanour Galerie Downtown on 17 original Jeanneret furniture pieces from the Fifties, reupholstered in Berluti's signature patinated Venezia leather. The series will be presented in a showroom in Miami's Design District during Art Basel Miami Beach from Dec. 2 to 8. Van Assche has a longstanding relationship with François Laffanour, who specializes in pieces by design icons such as Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé and Le Corbusier. The two previously collaborated on a series of light sculptures by Isamu Noguchi, including some customized by Van Assche, during his tenure at Dior Homme. This time around, Laffanour has restored a selection of pieces created by Jeanneret to furnish Chandigarh, the planned city designed by Le Corbusier after India's independence. Jeanneret, Le Corbusier's cousin, was appointed chief architect of the site and created complete lines of furniture for public and private buildings. Van Assche is something of a super-fan. Having bought his first Jeanneret pieces from Laffanour more than a decade ago, he estimates 80 percent of the furniture in his home is by theFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
MILAN — Two powerhouses are joining forces, each bringing its unique expertise. Prada and Adidas are launching a long-term collaboration with the goal to “investigate the realms of heritage, technology and innovation — and to challenge conventional wisdom through unexpected strategies,” the two companies said in a joint statement exclusively revealed to WWD. “The new vision draws inspiration from the rich legacies of both to reengineer timeless icons, and leverages the houses' technological footprint to innovate. The path is an evolving and dynamic structure composed of key milestones, marking a significant departure from existing patterns while building on the houses' strong milieu of shared approaches and pursuits.” The initial result of the collaboration will be the release of two limited-edition Prada for Adidas styles, with a first model to be launched for men and women globally in December and made entirely by Prada in Italy. The announcement follows a social media tease on Thursday, when both companies posted a photo on Instagram of Adidas and Adidas Originals shoe boxes peeking out of a classic white Prada shopping bag. The hashtag read #pradaforadidas. The Italian luxury goods house and the leading Germany-based sportswear brand are keeping details of the Prada for Adidas partnership under wraps for theFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
BEIJING — Most brands when they host a show in China, as Valentino did here on Thursday, amp up all the references to the country as much as possible. Not so for the Roman house, which debuted a new couture collection here, outside of its regular calendar. The venue was unmistakably Chinese–held on the northwestern edges of the city at the Aman Summer Palace, a resort that sits right at the doorstep of the former opulent retreat built for Qing dynasty emperors. But Valentino's creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli underscored, “it is a classic haute couture Italian collection,” Rather, Piccioli hoped people would think of it as a daydream, the title of this particular collection, in which two ancient capitals – Renaissance-era Rome and imperialistic Beijing – engage in a dialogue. He further elaborated: “It's keeping your identity and maintaining your diversity, but living together — which I think is good in life in general, not just for a collection.” Operatic music flowed through the series of narrow chambers and corridors of the Aman resort for a show that felt intimate despite its more than 600 guests. Just the night before, Valentino treated guests to dinner at TRB Hutong where there were parallel but contrastingFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS — It was upon discovering a pair of tiny 18th-century shoes in the archives of the Arts Décoratifs in Paris that curator Denis Bruna got the idea for the museum's latest exhibition: The shoes, which were worn by Marie-Antoinette in 1792, measured 21-cm. by 5-cm., corresponding to a European size 33. “How was it possible for a 37-year-old woman to put her adult feet in such a tiny shoe,” wondered Bruna, speaking at the press preview of “Marche et Démarche,” or “Walk and Gait” in English, on Wednesday, which runs until Feb. 23. “We realized that the shoes that we had in our archives from the 17th century to mid-19th century were all extraordinarily small and thin,” he continued. “It prompted us to wonder how our relationship to shoes and the act of walking has evolved throughout history.” Marie-Antoinette's shoe from 1792 Christophe Delliere By studying historical documents such as personal diaries, the curator discovered that aristocratic women like Marie-Antoinette and her court used to bind their toes in order to fit in tiny shoes, or simply wear half of them — the front part, just visible under their billowing skirts — which gave them a tottering, bird-like gait. At the time small feet wereFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Johnathan Crocker, who served as president of Bldwn for the past two years, has exited the company at the expiration of his contract on Oct. 31. Crocker joined the American fashion label in late 2017 to evolve the brand beyond its Midwestern roots. He shortened the brand name from Baldwin, named after cofounders Matt and Emily Baldwin, to Bldwn, moved the design offices to Los Angeles and unveiled the brand's new direction inspired by American artists and architecture in spring 2019. He also opened the brand's first retail location under his direction in August at 8424 Melrose Place in California, located near Bottega Veneta. The store interior featured an elevated appearance inspired by American architects and artists such as Warren Platner and Ray Eames and was designed by Montalba Architects, who also created stores for The Row and Isabel Marant. Spring 2020, the last collection under Crocker's direction, was inspired by Donald Judd and the artist's home in Marfa, Tex. “It's been a distinct and sincere honor to have worked with Bldwn these last two years in defining the next chapter of the brand's story,” said Crocker. “I'm immensely proud of what we have achieved and look forward to seeing the brand continue toFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Johnathan Crocker, who served as president of Bldwn for the past two years, has exited the company at the expiration of his contract on Oct. 31. Crocker joined the American fashion label in late 2017 to evolve the brand beyond its Midwestern roots. He shortened the brand name from Baldwin, named after cofounders Matt and Emily Baldwin, to Bldwn, moved the design offices to Los Angeles and unveiled the brand's new direction inspired by American artists and architecture in spring 2019. He also opened the brand's first retail location under his direction in August at 8424 Melrose Place in California, located near Bottega Veneta. The store interior featured an elevated appearance inspired by American architects and artists such as Warren Platner and Ray Eames and was designed by Montalba Architects, who also created stores for The Row and Isabel Marant. Spring 2020, the last collection under Crocker's direction, was inspired by Donald Judd and the artist's home in Marfa, Tex. “It's been a distinct and sincere honor to have worked with Bldwn these last two years in defining the next chapter of the brand's story,” said Crocker. “I'm immensely proud of what we have achieved and look forward to seeing the brand continue toFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
AMSTERDAM — Consumers need to be reassured — in more ways than one. Talk at the trade show Kingpins Amsterdam focused on how societal changes affect the denim industry, which is being forced into a structural transformation. This is first apparent on the trends side. “Talk of a new recession greatly affects the way people spend money,” said denim consultant Amy Leverton during the Kingpins Denim Trends conference, a factor that explains the nostalgia trend driven by the reign of Nineties-styles and Seventies high-waisted jeans. In the face of uncertainty, consumers stick to their basics. “Casual is key,” continued Leverton. “Elevated basics have become super important, in a rise of comfort that is linked to the ath-leisure trend. The paradigm of workwear has shifted: It has become possible to wear jeans as part of a more elevated look. It's all about a super-soft hand feel and comfortable silhouettes.” The return to basics can be felt on shop floors, according to denim manufacturer Elleti, which used its booth at Kingpins to show “Out of the Blue Impression,” an exhibition focused on the creativity of its mills. Using denim as a canvas, six artistic movements, from Cubism to Art Nouveau, were depicted on pairs of straight-legFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
AMSTERDAM — Consumers need to be reassured — in more ways than one. Talk at the trade show Kingpins Amsterdam focused on how societal changes affect the denim industry, which is being forced into a structural transformation. This is first apparent on the trends side. “Talk of a new recession greatly affects the way people spend money,” said denim consultant Amy Leverton during the Kingpins Denim Trends conference, a factor that explains the nostalgia trend driven by the reign of Nineties-styles and Seventies high-waisted jeans. In the face of uncertainty, consumers stick to their basics. “Casual is key,” continued Leverton. “Elevated basics have become super important, in a rise of comfort that is linked to the ath-leisure trend. The paradigm of workwear has shifted: It has become possible to wear jeans as part of a more elevated look. It's all about a super-soft hand feel and comfortable silhouettes.” The return to basics can be felt on shop floors, according to denim manufacturer Elleti, which used its booth at Kingpins to show “Out of the Blue Impression,” an exhibition focused on the creativity of its mills. Using denim as a canvas, six artistic movements, from Cubism to Art Nouveau, were depicted on pairs of straight-legFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LONDON — Tracee Ellis Ross will host the Fashion Awards, which take place at Royal Albert Hall on Dec. 2. Ross, who helped found Hollywood's gender-equality movement Time's Up, is known for her Golden Globe-winning role as Dr. Rainbow Johnson on the ABC comedy series “Black-ish,” and for playing Joan Clayton on the long-running hit series “Girlfriends.” She is an executive producer on the ABC comedy show “Mixed-ish,” and recently wrapped production on the Focus Features comedy “Covers,” alongside Dakota Johnson, which is set for a May 2020 release. In April 2018, Ross opened the TED Conference, the first black woman to do so. In September, the actress/producer/comedian/activist unveiled her move into beauty with Pattern, a hair-care brand for the underserved curly, coily and tight-textured community. Ross is the founder and chief executive officer of the brand, which was 10-plus years in the making. As reported, Bottega Veneta, Gucci and Loewe are among the names competing for brand of the year at the London awards this year, along with Prada and Jacquemus, while Alessandro Michele, Daniel Lee, Jonathan Anderson and Kim Jones are all nominees for the accessories designer prize. Michele, Lee, Anderson, Jones and Miuccia Prada will also compete for the designer of the year prize. In September, Giorgio Armani was announced as theFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LONDON — Tracee Ellis Ross will host the Fashion Awards, which take place at Royal Albert Hall on Dec. 2. Ross, who helped found Hollywood's gender-equality movement Time's Up, is known for her Golden Globe-winning role as Dr. Rainbow Johnson on the ABC comedy series “Black-ish,” and for playing Joan Clayton on the long-running hit series “Girlfriends.” She is an executive producer on the ABC comedy show “Mixed-ish,” and recently wrapped production on the Focus Features comedy “Covers,” alongside Dakota Johnson, which is set for a May 2020 release. In April 2018, Ross opened the TED Conference, the first black woman to do so. In September, the actress/producer/comedian/activist unveiled her move into beauty with Pattern, a hair-care brand for the underserved curly, coily and tight-textured community. Ross is the founder and chief executive officer of the brand, which was 10-plus years in the making. As reported, Bottega Veneta, Gucci and Loewe are among the names competing for brand of the year at the London awards this year, along with Prada and Jacquemus, while Alessandro Michele, Daniel Lee, Jonathan Anderson and Kim Jones are all nominees for the accessories designer prize. Michele, Lee, Anderson, Jones and Miuccia Prada will also compete for the designer of the year prize. In September, Giorgio Armani was announced as theFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
In another sign that Richemont is shaking up its underperforming fashion division, its Chloé maison named a new chief executive officer. Riccardo Bellini, currently ceo of Maison Margiela, will join Chloé effective Dec. 1, the house said in a statement on Thursday, confirming a report on WWD.com. Bellini is to succeed longtime Chloé ceo Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye, who has navigated the house through several changes in creative direction and the death of founder Gaby Aghion in 2014. He had recently put the focus on the attributes of the Chloé girl, exalted at a dedicated cultural space in Paris that opened in 2017, housing the brand's archives, showrooms, a photography studio and exhibition space. De la Bourdonnaye has been at the management helm since 2010. Before that, he was ceo at London retailer Liberty and president at Christian Lacroix. He had joined the fashion industry after a long career at The Walt Disney Co. He piloted Chloé through several changes in designers, recruiting Clare Waight Keller from Pringle to succeed Hannah MacGibbon. When Waight Keller became the couturier at Givenchy in 2017, he tapped Natacha Ramsay-Levi from Louis Vuitton. It is understood Ramsay-Levi's contract runs through the spring. The affable executive also orchestrated 60th anniversaryFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
In another sign that Richemont is shaking up its underperforming fashion division, its Chloé maison named a new chief executive officer. Riccardo Bellini, currently ceo of Maison Margiela, will join Chloé effective Dec. 1, the house said in a statement on Thursday, confirming a report on WWD.com. Bellini is to succeed longtime Chloé ceo Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye, who has navigated the house through several changes in creative direction and the death of founder Gaby Aghion in 2014. He had recently put the focus on the attributes of the Chloé girl, exalted at a dedicated cultural space in Paris that opened in 2017, housing the brand's archives, showrooms, a photography studio and exhibition space. De la Bourdonnaye has been at the management helm since 2010. Before that, he was ceo at London retailer Liberty and president at Christian Lacroix. He had joined the fashion industry after a long career at The Walt Disney Co. He piloted Chloé through several changes in designers, recruiting Clare Waight Keller from Pringle to succeed Hannah MacGibbon. When Waight Keller became the couturier at Givenchy in 2017, he tapped Natacha Ramsay-Levi from Louis Vuitton. It is understood Ramsay-Levi's contract runs through the spring. The affable executive also orchestrated 60th anniversaryFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Since John Galliano joined Maison Margiela as creative director in 2014, revenues at the Paris-based house have doubled — and it's become a byword for cool handbags and accessories. Margiela parent OTB, the Italian group controlled by Renzo Rosso, trumpeted those business achievements Tuesday as it revealed the renewal of Galliano's employment pact. The development, confirmed first to WWD, should squelch persistent speculation that the designer could leave or be poached, and suggests that Rosso's bold casting is starting to pay off. The length and terms of the new pact were not disclosed, but it is understood to span several years. “I believed John was the only person who could take this house five years ago, and I am even more convinced of this today,” Rosso said in a statement. “John's undisputed talent is only matched by his understanding of today's generations, their way of thinking, their struggles, their dreams. And he is doing exactly what this maison always did at its best — disrupt, innovate and inspire.” For his part, Galliano said: “I am super excited for this new chapter and grateful to Renzo for his belief in me and the vision for Maison Margiela.” Maison Margiela RTW Fall 2018 Giovanni Giannoni/WWD The maverick British designer hasFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Since John Galliano joined Maison Margiela as creative director in 2014, revenues at the Paris-based house have doubled — and it's become a byword for cool handbags and accessories. Margiela parent OTB, the Italian group controlled by Renzo Rosso, trumpeted those business achievements Tuesday as it revealed the renewal of Galliano's employment pact. The development, confirmed first to WWD, should squelch persistent speculation that the designer could leave or be poached, and suggests that Rosso's bold casting is starting to pay off. The length and terms of the new pact were not disclosed, but it is understood to span several years. “I believed John was the only person who could take this house five years ago, and I am even more convinced of this today,” Rosso said in a statement. “John's undisputed talent is only matched by his understanding of today's generations, their way of thinking, their struggles, their dreams. And he is doing exactly what this maison always did at its best — disrupt, innovate and inspire.” For his part, Galliano said: “I am super excited for this new chapter and grateful to Renzo for his belief in me and the vision for Maison Margiela.” Maison Margiela RTW Fall 2018 Giovanni Giannoni/WWD The maverick British designer hasFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Approaching the 20-year anniversary mark for her children's wear label, Marie-Chantal Miller of Greece has a renewed focus on the U.S. Last month the Marie-Chantal founder, who is the Crown Princess of Greece, opened a picturesque by-appointment showroom at 960 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. Two years after returning to New York from London with her husband Pavlos Crown Prince of Greece and their five children, Miller is intent on reestablishing the brand. During a preview of the spring-summer assortment of Liberty prints, tweeds, ginghams and other designs, Miller spoke of building her label. The nearly 1,300-square-foot space is designed to support the U.S. market and e-commerce business, which ships to more than 45 countries. After a five-year break from wholesaling to U.S. retailers, the collection will be sold to select stores this spring. She declined to comment on the company's sales. Marie-Chantal has a freestanding store on Motcomb Street in the U.K. The founder may explore the possibility of opening airport stores, but she declined to identify which countries may be considered. She is well versed in the area. (Her father Robert Warren Miller cofounded Duty Free Shops.) “It has to be done correctly. I want it to be successful. It's looking atFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LONDON — The ITV documentary featuring Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will air in the U.S. later Wednesday, and it will no doubt draw millions of eyeballs, as it did on home turf last week. Many viewers are already familiar with the few clips that have gone viral, but the documentary is wide-ranging and addresses a variety of subjects, casting a new light on the couple. During the hour-long documentary, ITV reporter Tom Brady tracks Meghan and Harry's journey through Africa and highlights the causes that the couple has been championing, as well as the struggles they are facing in the spotlight. “It's hard, in all fairness I had no idea, which probably sounds difficult to understand, but when I first met my now-husband, my friends were really happy but my British friends said, “I'm sure he's great, but the British tabloids will destroy your life. I didn't get it, and it's been complicated,” said Markle. She also talks about adopting the British stiff upper lip. “I've said for a long time to H, it's not enough to just survive something. That's not the point of life. You have to thrive, and I think I really try to adopt this British sensibility, a stiff upperFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LONDON — The ITV documentary featuring Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will air in the U.S. later Wednesday, and it will no doubt draw millions of eyeballs, as it did on home turf last week. Many viewers are already familiar with the few clips that have gone viral, but the documentary is wide-ranging and addresses a variety of subjects, casting a new light on the couple. During the hour-long documentary, ITV reporter Tom Brady tracks Meghan and Harry's journey through Africa and highlights the causes that the couple has been championing, as well as the struggles they are facing in the spotlight. “It's hard, in all fairness I had no idea, which probably sounds difficult to understand, but when I first met my now-husband, my friends were really happy but my British friends said, “I'm sure he's great, but the British tabloids will destroy your life. I didn't get it, and it's been complicated,” said Markle. She also talks about adopting the British stiff upper lip. “I've said for a long time to H, it's not enough to just survive something. That's not the point of life. You have to thrive, and I think I really try to adopt this British sensibility, a stiff upperFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Williamsburg, Dalston, the Marais…L.A.'s Arts District. The neighborhood that's attracted Dover Street Market, Warner Music Group, and soon a Soho House has a street fashion aesthetic all its own, at least according to the designer of a new label to watch, Perfect Number, headquartered on Traction Avenue not far from Amiri, Fear of God and other rising, made-in-L.A. brands. “There is an easiness to the way people dress, they are not trying to fit into the social norms like in other parts of L.A…it's slightly utilitarian and functional but making an effort,” said designer Nicola Morgan, previously at Givenchy, Lanvin, and Mugler in Paris, of her inspiration for the women's direct-to-consumer brand. Downtown grit mixed with L.A. glam, Perfect Number is comprised of functional pieces with feminine polish, sport and military touches. Available now, a relaxed-fit blazer has utility strap details and removable patch pockets inspired by tactical vests. Boxer shorts, slip dresses and turtlenecks with open sleeves are rendered in lipstick red or blush sequins. A nude deconstructed tulle sweatshirt is cinched at the waist with a toggle cord lock, and styled over a matching Lycra unitard for an elevated sport look. An oversize parka in glossy red PVC adds aFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
MILAN — After five years, Andrea Incontri is exiting Tod's and leaving his role as men's wear creative director of the brand. His last day is June 30. Incontri said Tod's had been “a school and an important experience in [his] development,” thanking chairman and chief executive officer Diego Della Valle and his brother Andrea for their “support and enthusiasm.” In turn, Diego Della Valle emphasized Incontri's contribution over the years. An architecture graduate from the Politecnico di Milano, Incontri, who launched his namesake brand in 2009, won the men's edition of the “Who Is on Next?” talent search in 2010 in the accessories category. The designer quickly extended his label to men's wear, delivering collections with a strong attention to detail and use of high-end materials.
 In 2012, Incontri added a women's collection, which made its debut as part of the Italian Fashion Chamber's official fashion week schedule in February 2013. Tod's last Sunday presented its men's spring 2020 collection at Milan's Villa Necchi Campiglio developed around the theme of driving, which is also part of the brand's heritage. Sources speculated then an exit could be imminent because Incontri was not as actively present during the presentation as he had been inFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
When Christian Louboutin was growing up in Paris, heels were not allowed at the Palais de la Porte Dorée, an Art Deco gem dedicated to African and Asian arts. Sweet revenge comes in February 2020, when the museum, whose partial restoration was funded by the luxury shoemaker, will house an exhibition devoted to Louboutin's creativity and his diverse aesthetic passions. “It's an open window to my brain,” was how Louboutin summed up the vast showcase, where more than 200 pairs of shoes will be sprinkled among an eclectic mix of art works, furnishings, installations, performance pieces and some fashion items, including crosses and crowns. “The heel is back in the museum in full force, only it's not only an exhibition of high heels. We have flat shoes, too.” The delicate mosaics and parquet floors are what compelled the museum to ban spindly footwear back in the day. And its ornamental splendor is what sparked Louboutin's passion for decorative arts, which would become a key source of inspiration for the future designer. In an interview on Thursday, Louboutin recalled being awed by the tall doors sheltering one of the museum's sumptuous salons, its door handles made of jutting horns that evoked the wonder of Africa.Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS — Time waits for no man — especially not guests at the Dior men's show. A teaser image on Instagram for Friday's display by Kim Jones, to be held at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, features an eroded wall clock with rapidly spinning hands, dropping a major hint about the artist he has chosen to collaborate with this season: Daniel Arsham. Known for his immersive exhibitions featuring objects that look like they have been salvaged from the past — a concept he has dubbed “fictional archeology” — and for his collaborations with brands like Adidas, Arsham designed the set for the show and also worked on the collection itself. Guests arriving at the venue will walk through a room inspired by founder Christian Dior's office, dotted with the kind of petrified objects that Arsham refers to as future relics. “It's not based on any one particular space. It's kind of an amalgamation of the studio in Paris, his house in the south of France, and then detailed photos of a particular image of him on the phone, making drawings or writing notes at his desk,” the artist told WWD. “We kind of pulled out these different elements, and a couple of theFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
SAN BONIFACIO, Verona — Around 100 rare pieces of vintage denim were showcased inside a minimal space adjacent to the premises of garment-maker and laundry company Elleti Group in San Bonifacio, a small town on the outskirts of Verona. On Wednesday night, the company founded in 1982 unveiled M.O.D.E., or Museum of Denim Elleti Group, gathering a range of denim industry heavyweights to celebrate the opening. Dating as far back as the mid-18th century, denim garments on show were distressed, worn-out and damaged while retaining their silhouettes and bearing the signs of time, as well as the history of their wearer. For instance, a Forties baggy style was splashed with the “PW” lettering, which stood for “prisoner of war,” as the pants once belonged to a World War II prisoner. In addition to a number of styles from Levi's, Lee and Wrangler, which make up the majority of Elleti Group's collection, smaller brands — some of which are no longer in business — were also represented. They include Los Angeles' Stronghold, J.C. Penney-owned Big Mac, San Francisco-based Boss of the Road, as well as Japanese firms. “The museum is a tribute to jeans through a hundred garments we collected over the years with theFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
MILAN — Street, sportswear and — most importantly — sustainability. These were the topics that the three-day White Milano trade show organizers aimed to spotlight during the June edition of the WSM contemporary ready-to-wear and accessories fair, which closed June 17 here. In a functional marketing move, the “s” in the revamped moniker, previously White Street Market, applies to all three topics. The subjects were showcased in different ways. “Our challenge is to inject culture in what we do, we're not aiming to necessarily expand the number of exhibiting brands,” said Massimiliano Bizzi, White Milano's founder and president. Bizzi reiterated that his aim is to “give fashion the same traction that Milan's Design Week has achieved.” WSM hosted around 60 brands, in line with the January edition. The fair's mandate is reflected in the changed format, teased in June last year and officially debuted last January, which combines the business-to-business and business-to-consumer platforms, allowing final customers to attend the trade show and buy fashion pieces, while also offering experiences and events. This season White Milano didn't disclose figures on the number of visitors, but was pleased with the attendance of premium stores, including Barneys New York Japan; Tokyo-based Isetan; Hong Kong's The Swank Shop; CntrbndFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
GIORGIO'S KIDS: The Giorgio Armani Group has made its debut at Pitti Bimbo, Florence's three-day international trade show kicking off today, dedicated to children's wear, with its Emporio Armani Junior line. Established in 1982, the label, formerly known as Armani Junior, went through a re-branding phase following the reorganization of the group's portfolio, which comprises the Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani and A|X Armani Exchange lines. Armani Junior was never showcased at Pitti Bimbo. In keeping with the re-branding strategy, Emporio Armani Junior, which dresses boys and girls aged 0-16, debuted at Pitti Bimbo a collection that reflects the same contemporary, urban and effortless chic aesthetic of the Emporio Amani main line. Channeling the “mini-me” trend, the brand's iconic blazers, suits and dresses, as well as the graphic prints, were reproportioned and revamped to meet the needs of the youngest generations of Emporio Armani's fans. Along with a range of more daily pieces, the collection also includes formal attire for special occasions, as well colorful swimwear. Earlier this month, the Giorgio Armani Group chose another fair organized by Pitti Immagine, men's wear trade show Pitti Uomo, to celebrate the relaunch of its A|X Armani Exchange contemporary brand. Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Could San Francisco become a fashion capital? It's not a media hub like New York or a manufacturing center like L.A., but it is a hotbed of fashion disruptors following historic blue jeans maker Levi Strauss & Co. and casual Friday pioneer Gap in changing the way people dress and shop. What sets many of San Francisco's fashion brands apart is that they are direct-to-consumer, mission-driven and digitally enabled from inception to tackle industry challenges, including sizing and transparency. Many are also led by female chief executive officers or creative directors designing into a polished, functional aesthetic that's resonating in this new feminist era. Now that these start-ups are coming of age (and setting $1 billion-plus public offerings), they are attracting more talent, including designers, stylists and editorial directors, and a new creative class is starting to emerge in San Francisco. Everlane has ambitions to be the next Gap, only with a transparent supply chain. ThirdLove, the size-inclusive, female-first lingerie maker, is taking on Victoria's Secret. Cuyana is selling attainable luxury ready-to-wear and leather goods with the mantra “fewer, better things.” Meanwhile, fashion-tech brands Stitch Fix and online resale giant The RealReal are reshaping the shopping experience. “We're not a fashion-forward city, but that's OK.Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
A retail veteran with more than a decade's experience in merchandising at the Gap, Erin Lowenberg, like many working in fashion in San Francisco, felt the pull of start-up culture, and the value of sustainability when she joined Rothy's shoes three years ago. “I started when they turned the lights on,” Lowenberg said during a visit to her creative den in the basement of the footwear brand's 60-person headquarters in the Jackson Square design district. “I come from Gap Inc., I cut my teeth there in the mid-Nineties. The leadership I was able to be around, and what I was able to listen and learn…but big retail is painful, I still think about all the T-shirts I bought. But knowing what we know now, it's been fascinating to watch Roth and Stephen and to bring what I know about the mass market together with the joy of sorting colors,” she said of her job, directing design for the brand launched in 2015, which has used more than 30 million recycled plastic bottles to date to make its machine-knit, washable footwear, crossing the $140 million sales mark with five new stores planned this fall. “When I first took a job as a merchantFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
In the era of fashion-as-entertainment, it's amazing it took this long for a designer to stage a full-fledged runway extravaganza at an actual Hollywood studio. Jeremy Scott did just that Friday night in Los Angeles, bringing a monster of a Moschino Resort collection to the Universal Studios backlot's eerily blissful suburban Americana stand-in for “Leave it To Beaver,” “The Munsters” and “Desperate Housewives.” It was the culmination of a lifelong dream for the designer, who has ambitions to make a film of his own one day a la Tom Ford, and remembered the first time he visited Universal Studios from Kansas City at age 13 in typical aw-shucks fashion: “We stayed at the Sheraton. I was with my family, and I told the other people in the hot tub I was going to be a famous star one day…I didn't really think I was going to be a fashion star.” The show was scripted from the moment guests entered the gate of the studio, hallowed ground for Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg – and for Hollywood's most prolific costume designer, Edith Head. With a short video of Scott as tour guide, guests took the backlot tour trams, rolling past sets for “Psycho” and “Jaws”Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]