BOOKSMART: Are Dior and Jisoo preparing to break the internet again? The French fashion house said Friday it will hold its first fashion show in South Korea on April 30, with an added side of education.
Dior plans to organize a fashion show for Maria Grazia Chiuri’s pre-fall 2022 women’s ready-to-wear collection in the picturesque grounds of Ewha Womans University, a private women’s university in Seoul, founded in 1886, which is one of the most great women in the world educational institutions. The collection was presented online in December.
It marks only the second time Dior has showcased its pre-fall line on the runway, following an event in Shanghai last year, and comes as the house is ramping up its physical performance schedule. In May, he plans to hold his first fashion show for the men’s spring line, which is also a pre-collection, in Los Angeles.
As part of the Women @ Dior mentoring program, launched in 2017, Dior collaborates with Ewha on educational programs and events designed to inspire and nurture future leaders and empower women to promote gender equality in the community.
“The house is delighted to be part of the making of history in such an energetic and dynamic country, collaborating with local communities, while showcasing Dior’s core visions and values through a fashion show,” reads a statement.
Dior has 12 women’s stores in South Korea, including the House of Dior flagship, which opened in 2015 in Seoul, and five men’s stores. He has organized numerous exhibitions in the country and has further increased his visibility thanks to his relationship with Jisoo, who was named the new global ambassador for fashion and beauty last year.
Dior and the Blackpink singer took the top spot on social media during Paris Fashion Week for the past two seasons, according to data and insights company Launchmetrics. She racked up $ 1.74 million worth of media impact for an Instagram post from the Korean pop star standing under the giant Dior logo at the brand’s fall 2022 fashion show, wearing an outfit reminiscent of a school uniform. – JOELLE DIDERICH
RENEE’S SONG: What to wear to a spring fundraising gala when Paris still feels like winter? “A white dress, but with black pantyhose,” Vanessa Seward said, pointing to her Chanel silk dress and pulling out a dark leg.
The designer was among the beau monde who flocked to the Opéra Garnier on Wednesday night to hear Renée Fleming unleash her heart. The American soprano shared the stage with the likes of Lambert Wilson, who acted as storyteller; the violin virtuoso Renaud Capuçon, and Hugo Marchand and Stéphane Bullion, principal dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet.
The Parisian social scene was in full bloom this week, with a massive fundraising dinner for Friends of the Center Pompidou for 900 people on Tuesday and the Pad design and art fair held in Tuileries for a six-day run.
Seward, who has devoted herself to painting and writing, noted that she has three works on display at the Paris Pad. But she is returning to fashion thanks to the collaboration with Bloom Paris, which enhances fabrics from India.
Fleming looked regal to roam Robert Carsen’s vast stage in a burgundy Chanel haute couture gown, dazzling with his performance of fragments by Strauss, Wagner and Dvořák.
Alexis Mabille said she designed three soprano dresses for an upcoming Imax film, including a dress embroidered with green holographic sequins.
Among those present was James Dyson, whose AirBlade towels are installed in the bathrooms of the Baroque palace, which opened in 1875. “We are friends with Robert Carsen and Renée Fleming, so we had to be here,” he said with a smile as he and her wives sought their table in the gilded Grand Foyer, the setting for many Stella McCartney fashion shows.
Although not strictly a fashion event, the gala attracted executives Bruno Pavlovsky of Chanel, Siddhartha Shukla of Lanvin and Delphine Bellini of Schiaparelli; designers Haider Ackermann and Pierre Hardy, and branding guru Sarah Andelman, who accessorized her Schiaparelli gown with an unusual earring that combines a paper clip and a soda tab.
The annual event is organized by the Paris Opera’s internal fundraising arm, Arop, with all proceeds from private and corporate donors benefiting the activities of the Paris Opera.
The performances ended on a touching note with Fleming dedicating his latest song “to the suffering Ukrainian people”. – SOCHA MILES
NEW IN NEWCASTLE: Long overshadowed by its bigger and flamboyant rivals Selfridges, Harrods and Harvey Nichols, British department store Fenwick is coming to the fore as it celebrates 140 years in business.
To celebrate the occasion, the family-owned company is investing £ 40 million over the next five years in the refurbishment of its flagship in Newcastle, England, adding two new lobbies and renovating the beauty salon and accessories area.
The retailer has already started redevelopment work on the historic facade of the building. The £ 40 million set aside for the Newcastle unit is part of a broader investment program by Fenwick in its nine stores across the country and online.
Architect Ben Mailen was commissioned to work on the exterior, including new entrances and facades with open views of the store. He will work alongside Sybarite, the London-based architecture and design firm with a client roster that includes SKP, Ferrari and Uniqlo.
Mia Fenwick, Director of Marketing and Digital and a member of the founding family, described the Newcastle store as “the heart of our business”. She said the investment will allow Fenwick to “continue serving the city” and her future generations.
Fenwick has been in Newcastle since 1882 and the retailer remains one of the oldest founding family-owned businesses operating in the UK today.
Fenwick plans to hold anniversary events through the end of the year. At the Newcastle store, it hosts a public exhibition featuring works by Northumbria University fashion students inspired by the retailer’s archive and the history of the brand. Cafe 140 is also opening, a café inspired by the archives.
Across the UK, Fenwick will launch exclusive collaborations with designers and brands including Edeline Lee, Rixo, Paul Smith and Palmer Harding.
The retailer has introduced a podcast series titled “The Woman Who …” narrated by actress Zawe Ashton.
It aims to highlight past and present women who embody female empowerment. Launched last month, it’s comprised of 10 10-minute weekly episodes featuring inspiring stories written by screenwriter and author Hannah Jewell. – SAMANTHA CONTI
THE INFLUENCE OF A MOTHER: Coach is reaching out to some of its brand ambassadors to celebrate Mother’s Day.
The likes of Jennifer Lopez, actress Tommy Dorfman, TikTok influencer Noah Beck and Jessica Kelly appear in the fashion brand’s “I Got It From My Mom” campaign, which was released Thursday. The campaign aims to “celebrate the role that mother figures play as mentors, muses and sources of inspiration for style,” according to Coach.
“This Mother’s Day, we wanted to acknowledge all the ways mothers inspire and shape us,” said Sandeep Seth, Coach brand president for North America and chief marketing officer, in a statement. “We also wanted to celebrate the joy found in the things we pass on from generation to generation and the role of our brand in creating special memories for our customers over the years.”
The campaign is meant to have a nostalgic aesthetic as the celebrities were photographed on a set meant to resemble family rooms. Lopez, who has been a Coach ambassador since 2019, appears alone in images of her wearing bags like the Pillow Tabby and Pillow Madison.
Dorfman appears alongside his mother Cathy Dorfman in matching outfits with Coach’s monogram and the Pillow Madison bag. Beck also appears in matching looks alongside her mother, Amy Beck.
Kelly, the granddaughter of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, models alongside her daughter, both wearing denim Coach looks and matching monogram shoes. – LAYLA ILCHI
BETSEY’S FOOTBALL: Betsey Johnson has teamed up with Knix for a new collaboration. The collection includes nightdresses, pajamas, bras, underwear and cropped pants and tops with bright prints.
Knix, founded by Joanna Griffiths in 2013, is a Toronto-based direct-to-consumer brand with an e-commerce business and three stores in Canada.
The company produces bras, shapewear, loungewear, sportswear, sleepwear and maternity wear lightweight anti-chafing shorts, cordless bras and leak-proof underwear.
“I’m crazy about Knix,” Betsey Johnson said. “I’ve never had so much fun collaborating with a design team that understands Betsey Johnson while being able to create pieces that I myself want to live in every day.”
“From the smallest bikini bottoms to comfy pajamas and sexy petticoats, my Knix collection is a complete wardrobe. Wear it underneath, wear it over. In or out. Simple, all you need is Betsey Johnson x Knix to have some fun this season, “added the designer.
Retail prices will range from $ 18 to $ 60. For now this is an occasional collaboration, but according to the company “we are always open to extending our partnerships, if it is in the best interests of the brand and our respective partner.”
To accompany the collection’s unusual prints, AR integration with the use of filters is available on Knix’s Instagram channel to give customers the opportunity to bring the world of Betsey Johnson to life. The filters are inspired by the four prints in the collection: Pink Rose Fete, Pretty Kitty, Flutter By and Flower Flourish.
The collection will launch on April 12 on knix.com and select Knix stores. – LISA LOCKWOOD