Industry Adapts to Shifting Milan Men’s Fashion Week

MILAN — A shrinking show calendar, currency volatility and macro economic issues at the tail end of a period of local political instability following Italy’s general elections were only some of the concerns weighing on executives on the eve of Milan Men’s Fashion Week.
But on the upside, business is chugging along steadily. Revenues generated by the fashion sector last year grew 2.5 percent to 64.8 billion euros, and exports rose 4.3 percent to 50 billion euros, according to Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana’s Fashion Economic Trends report issued in May. The first half is expected to show 1.5 percent growth in sales compared with the same period last year. Last week, the updated Altagamma Worldwide Market Monitor and Bain & Co. study painted a pretty picture, as the global personal luxury goods industry is expected to grow 6 to 8 percent at constant exchange compared with the 5 percent growth forecast last October for 2018.
“Everyone is hoping to see a modicum of stability, which would allow us to set goals in the medium-term, invest in three-year plans without this sense of anxiety hovering over us,” said Paolo Roviera, chief executive officer of Corneliani. Roviera admitted that business had been affected in the first

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A look from Les Hommes Urban’s spring 2019 collection. 
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Les Hommes is expanding into streetwear with the launch of the Les Hommes Urban line, which is available for sale at the brand’s Milan showroom during fashion week.
“The LHU collection was born out of a creative and a practical idea. When we go back to the very early days of Les Hommes, there were a lot of urban influences in the collection, such as graffiti and workwear. It is a creative playground that we always embraced and are very fascinated by,” said Tom Notte, who designs the collection with longtime business partner Bart Vandebosch.
“From the practical point of view, we were pushed to launch LHU by the feedback we were getting from our own stores. In Antwerp, where the first store was founded, we were confronted with a demand from young guys who were very interested in our collection, but because of its positioning, it was out of reach for them. We created a streetwear brand that carries the originality of a designer brand since many pieces are treated and designed with the same care as we do for Les Hommes.”
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IMG Launches Men’s Division in Milan

MILAN — And then IMG Models created the man.
The Italian branch of the international model agency has launched a men’s division, elevating IMG Models as global agency offering both men’s and women’s representation services in all of its offices, located in key cities as New York, Los Angeles, London, Sydney and Paris, along with Milan.
Established in April — following the launch in Paris just a few months before — the opening of the men’s division in Italy reflects the company’s investment in the European market and it’s aimed to better serve regional clients and partners with localized support.
“We definitely opened some years late, but the fact is IMG’s men’s division reopened four years ago and we launched New York first, through a small staff, to see if there were the premises to do well there, which is still the most important market in terms of volume,” said Andrea Cairo, managing director of IMG Models Italy.
Cairo explained that after New York, the first European men’s division debuted in London, and the company preferred to consolidate its position in those two locations “and understand if a presence was necessary in Italy and France, both for models and our clients.”
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Industry Adapts to Shifting Milan Men’s Fashion Week

MILAN — A shrinking show calendar, currency volatility and macro economic issues at the tail end of a period of local political instability following Italy’s general elections were only some of the concerns weighing on executives on the eve of Milan Men’s Fashion Week.
But on the upside, business is chugging along steadily. Revenues generated by the fashion sector last year grew 2.5 percent to 64.8 billion euros, and exports rose 4.3 percent to 50 billion euros, according to Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana’s Fashion Economic Trends report issued in May. The first half is expected to show 1.5 percent growth in sales compared with the same period last year. Last week, the updated Altagamma Worldwide Market Monitor and Bain & Co. study painted a pretty picture, as the global personal luxury goods industry is expected to grow 6 to 8 percent at constant exchange compared with the 5 percent growth forecast last October for 2018.
“Everyone is hoping to see a modicum of stability, which would allow us to set goals in the medium-term, invest in three-year plans without this sense of anxiety hovering over us,” said Paolo Roviera, chief executive officer of Corneliani. Roviera admitted that business had been affected in the first

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A look from Les Hommes Urban’s spring 2019 collection. 
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Les Hommes is expanding into streetwear with the launch of the Les Hommes Urban line, which is available for sale at the brand’s Milan showroom during fashion week.
“The LHU collection was born out of a creative and a practical idea. When we go back to the very early days of Les Hommes, there were a lot of urban influences in the collection, such as graffiti and workwear. It is a creative playground that we always embraced and are very fascinated by,” said Tom Notte, who designs the collection with longtime business partner Bart Vandebosch.
“From the practical point of view, we were pushed to launch LHU by the feedback we were getting from our own stores. In Antwerp, where the first store was founded, we were confronted with a demand from young guys who were very interested in our collection, but because of its positioning, it was out of reach for them. We created a streetwear brand that carries the originality of a designer brand since many pieces are treated and designed with the same care as we do for Les Hommes.”
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IMG Launches Men’s Division in Milan

MILAN — And then IMG Models created the man.
The Italian branch of the international model agency has launched a men’s division, elevating IMG Models as global agency offering both men’s and women’s representation services in all of its offices, located in key cities as New York, Los Angeles, London, Sydney and Paris, along with Milan.
Established in April — following the launch in Paris just a few months before — the opening of the men’s division in Italy reflects the company’s investment in the European market and it’s aimed to better serve regional clients and partners with localized support.
“We definitely opened some years late, but the fact is IMG’s men’s division reopened four years ago and we launched New York first, through a small staff, to see if there were the premises to do well there, which is still the most important market in terms of volume,” said Andrea Cairo, managing director of IMG Models Italy.
Cairo explained that after New York, the first European men’s division debuted in London, and the company preferred to consolidate its position in those two locations “and understand if a presence was necessary in Italy and France, both for models and our clients.”
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Stella McCartney Joins Milan Men’s Fashion Week

MILAN – Stella McCartney is headed to Milan.
The designer will present her women’s resort 2019 and men’s spring 2019 collections in a presentation to be held on the last day of Milan Fashion Week, running June 15 to 18.
The label’s presentation will be held from 8 to 11 p.m., while details on the location have yet to be disclosed.
McCartney won’t be the only designer presenting women’s wear during Milan Men’s Fashion Week. Alberta Ferretti will also join the men’s calendar debuting her new resort 2019 and Limited Edition collections on June 15.
The show will take place at the Sala delle Cariatidi venue – located on the main floor of the central Palazzo Reale building – starting from 6:30 p.m. Divided in two parts, the event will first showcase the resort 2019 range, followed by evening and cocktail gowns from the fashion house’s demi-couture line.

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Marcelo Burlon County of Milan RTW Fall 2018

Talk about the Disneyfication of fashion: Marcelo Burlon, the streetwear designer known for his Gothic snake prints, has collaborated with the animation giant on his fall women’s collection under the County of Milan label.
A black sweatshirt featured images of assorted Disney baddies, including the evil fairy Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty.” Their color codes – think scarlet, purple, royal blue and black – bled into the rest of the line, including a purple velvet track suit and a black bomber jacket embroidered with golden cherry blossoms.
Burlon cross-referenced this with the classic documentary “Style Wars,” which captures New York street culture in the early Eighties. The two themes are actually linked: the designer used to hang out with a bunch of graffiti artists in Milan who all went by the names of cartoon characters – his tag was Pluto.
“I didn’t know how to tag, so they used to do it for me. I was just good company,” he confessed.
His other big collaboration this season was with the NBA. Those pieces trended more sporty, with stripes in the colors of the basketball league’s red, white and blue logo. Burlon said he was trying to balance the more mainstream elements of the collection with

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Delvaux to Open Milan Flagship

SHOP TALK: Delvaux is on a retail roll, with a Milan flagship due to open on Via Bagutta in the Palazzo Reina by end of spring. The location fits with the brand’s penchant for storied sites with a soul.
The store will be one of three international flagship openings this year as part of its international expansion under Jean-Marc Loubier, founder and chief executive officer of First Heritage Brands, which snapped up the heritage label in 2011, and also owns Robert Clergerie and Sonia Rykiel.
Starting with London, the heritage Belgian leather goods brand will in May relocate to a historic retail location on London’s New Bond Street, originally the boutique of French shoe manufacturer François Pinet, and still fitted with the original interior and shop front. A second store will open on Sloane Street the same month.
As reported, Delvaux by end of the year will also open its first flagship Stateside, located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street in the landmark Sherry-Netherland building, taking over an historic spot formerly occupied by New York institution A La Vieille Russie.
In the meantime, Delvaux in Paris has just opened a fun kitchen-themed pop-up store at the Le Bon Marché for the launch

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Etro to Kick Off 50th Anniversary With Men’s Presentation in Milan

MILAN — “They affectionately call me the upholstery designer here,” said Kean Etro with a laugh.
Tanned and refreshed after his Christmas holidays spent between skiing in the Dolomites and sailing across the Indian Ocean, the creative director of the men’s wear line at the family-owned company is brimming with energy as he walks through the collection in an exclusive preview with WWD. His interest in home interiors is reflected in his designs and the nickname also comes from his deep and extensive knowledge of habitats around the world.
“Habitat is also the house that surrounds you and that you wear as a dress,” said Etro affably.

A look from Etro Fall 2018 . 
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A medallion detail from Persian carpets that is reproduced on exquisitely embroidered jackets in silk and cotton velour is just one example of Etro’s ability to import from interiors to fashion. The lining shows colorful Etro banknotes and is so carefully defined it would be worth wearing the blazer inside out — although it is not reversible, the designer pointed out.
On a board is a mock-up of the installation that will serve as the background to the men’s wear presentation to be held on Jan. 13 at the Palazzo del Ghiaccio,

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Buyers Dub Milan a Strong Season

MILAN — Retailers felt Milan Men’s Fashion Week hit the mark, despite the changing — and shrinking — calendar.
Bruce Pask, men’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus, said that while Gucci and Bottega Veneta, for example, have moved to the city’s women’s fashion week and were noticeably absent, “Milan was a strong season filled with great showroom appointments and some very memorable shows. It was a very rich season, especially following a very successful Pitti Uomo.”
Mario Grauso, president of Holt Renfrew, concurred. “Milan was quick and easy. Prada over-delivered and everyone else felt consistent and business as usual,” he observed.
The city, according to Karen Vernet, director of men’s fashion at Printemps, “remains a strong fashion week for both established brands like Prada and Dolce & Gabbana, and up-and-coming ones like Palm Angels and Sunnei, even if we expected a stronger presence of new designers and brands. We also missed having shows from key men’s players like Moncler and Salvatore Ferragamo.”
Among the main trends, retailers said, were:
• great outerwear;
• corduroy and updated British traditional men’s wear patterns such as tartan, houndstooth and Prince of Wales;
• textured surfaces and velvet;
• fluid tailoring, and
• military details and a rich color palette.
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Marcelo Burlon County of Milan Fall 2018

A BMX off-road racing bicycle set the tone at the Marcelo Burlon County of Milan coed show. While a stunt biker performed in the background, Burlon’s models wore trucker jackets, sweatshirts, cropped bombers and jogging pants with details and shapes from the sport.  For fall, the designer continued to build the brand on these pillar elements but the collection also had a dark edge, with a dash of Dario Argento inspiration and tarot-card iconography: Images of a pink elephant with a red hat or an octopus under a UFO embellished a beautiful shearling jacket; puffer jackets with poison flies, as well as a skull with a rose or the now-staple Gothic graphics adorned his hoodies. Agonism and mystery were juxtaposed. Cupido, or Cupid, the god of desire and love, was also a recurring theme. One female model wore it drawn over a heart on a T-shirt, with a Mets bomber jacket and shredded denim shorts. Men donned oversized buffalo checked jackets, open over a T-shirt and worn over sports pants. Burlon delivered what his customers want – and then some.

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Prada’s Milan Store Robbed

MILAN — Prada’s store in Milan’s tony Via della Spiga was robbed overnight between Wednesday and Thursday.
According to Italian media reports, two unidentified thieves broke one of the store’s five windows to steal bags and accessories for an estimated worth of more than 100,000 euros.
Reached for a comment, the company confirmed the theft but didn’t provide further details on the economic damage, both in terms of structure and stolen goods.
According to media reports, Italian authorities have started investigations analyzing the images from the security cameras in the area, which show two people with faces covered by balaclavas and wearing gloves.
This is not the first time Milan’s luxury fashion district has been a target for thieves during this holiday season as reports indicate that two Tom Ford employees and a doorman working for both the American designer brand and for Céline have been accused of stealing branded merchandise.

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Moncler to Hold Coed Show in Milan on Feb. 20

A NEW BEGINNING: Moncler will hold a show combining men’s and women’s wear on the evening of February 20 in Milan, kicking off Women’s Fashion Week, scheduled to run Feb. 21-27. The evening event will unveil what the company dubbed the Moncler Genius Building, “a material and symbolic hub representative of the new course of the brand,” to reach out directly to the public in a unique and creative way. Further details were not available at press time. The event is organized in collaboration with Italy’s fashion association Camera Nazionale della Moda.
As reported, Moncler chiarman and chief executive officer Remo Ruffini is masterminding a new strategy to present the brand’s collections, ending the Gamme Bleu and Gamme Rouge lines.
The last Gamme Bleu and Gamme Rouge collections, designed by Thom Browne and Giambattista Valli, respectively, were presented for the spring 2018 season.
“Every company must innovate and it’s a choice shared 100 percent with the designers,” Ruffini told WWD in November.  “I need to create a new project that will bring new energy to Moncler. It was a very difficult decision, stemming from the need to evolve, to create a solution that would naturally create a new and alternative project to one

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Milan Men’s Fashion Week Reflects Industry Changes

MILAN — The latest Milan Men’s Fashion Week schedule reflects the changes in the men’s wear industry, according to Carlo Capasa, president of Italy’s Camera Nazionale della Moda.
“The concept of how men’s wear is shown has changed and so has the concept of the calendar — everything is combined together and there is more and more cross-pollination,” Capasa contended. “The shift is real.”
The shows will start on Jan. 12 with the Ermenegildo Zegna evening show and will end on Jan. 15, anchored by the Giorgio Armani and Fendi shows. Overall, the runway shows will be 31 in total.
Capasa said the evolution has led the association to create a new format for the calendar, which now “combines presentations and shows in a single tale that each brand offers in line with its own aesthetic and vision.”
The first chapter of coed shows, as Capasa called it, will take place in January, followed by the second chapter in February. Next month these will include Diesel Black Gold; the Italian brand Isabel Benenato founded by Isabel Vitiello; Neil Barrett; Marcelo Burlon County of Milan; Dsquared2; Daks; Sartorial Monk; Palm Angels; GCDS, and Frankie Morello. A number of brands, including Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Missoni, have chosen to

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Chiara Ferragni Lights Swarovski Christmas Tree in Milan

CHRISTMAS FAIRY: Chiara Ferragni is coming to town. The Italian influencer and entrepreneur behind The Blonde Salad digital platform and the Chiara Ferragni Collection of footwear and accessories, attended the lighting ceremony of Milan’s Christmas tree on Friday.
Wrapped in a red Dior gown, Ferragni was the fairy godmother of the event as she is one of the international personalities fronting the holiday campaign of the Swarovski company, which has provided the Christmas tree to the city since 2013.
“When they asked me to star in their holiday campaign, I couldn’t believe it,” said Ferragni a few minutes before the ceremony. “We shot it back in February in New York with an exceptional cast,” she added, hinting at fellow testimonials Karlie Kloss, Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn, Ruby Rose, Boy George, Andrés Velencoso and Bryanboy, among others.
Located inside Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the lighting ceremony drew over 500 people around the 40-foot tall tree, which is embellished with over 10,000 decorations — including 1,000 Swarovski Christmas stars — and 36,000 lights. These were gradually switched on to the notes of Coldplay’s song “A Sky Full of Stars,” followed by the spread of fake snow in the venue and the live performance of

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Galileo Global Education Acquires Two Fashion Schools in Milan

MILAN – Galileo Global Education has signed an agreement to acquire two Italian fashion schools and a Cypriot university from Laureate Education Inc. The operation was valued 225 million euros. The schools are the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, better known as Naba, and Domus Academy.
Both are located in Milan and specialized in fashion, design and the visual arts. The group has also acquired the European University Cyprus, or EUC, which is specialized in medicine.
Galileo Global Education has more than 54 institutes in its portfolio, including the Istituto Marangoni fashion and design school, which has branches in Milan, Florence, London, Paris, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Mumbai and Miami.
Following the acquisition, the group will establish the Gruppo Galileo Italia, which will group the three Italian institutes under its umbrella. Roberto Riccio, Istituto Marangoni’s chief executive officer, has been named ceo of the new company.

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Diesel Designs New Off-the-Field Uniforms for AC Milan

MILAN — Diesel has designed a new off-the-field uniform for Italian AC Milan soccer team.
Inspired by the team signature devil symbol, which was popular in the Eighties, Diesel created a new pattern, mixing a camouflage and flames. The motif is rendered on a lightweight hybrid jacket combining the constructions of a bomber and a blazer, which is embellished with the AC Milan official badge.
This is layered over a jersey shirt embellished with a metallic zipper closure featuring a leather puller, as well as a zippered merino wool polo neck sweater. Pants are skinny, stonewashed five pockets, while a waterproof multipocket parka completes the look.
“For this new season, we thought of a visually striking uniform,” said Diesel Licenses creative director Andrea Rosso. “We played a lot with the contamination of various elements taking inspiration from the previous project, which defined new stylistic and iconic elements between Diesel and Milan. However, we are bringing a completely new twist and graphic contribution to the collection, with a desire to experiment, explore and dare that is part of Diesel’s DNA. Seeing the whole team wearing the new uniforms for the first time was really exciting.”
Diesel also developed a range of accessories, including brogues with soccer

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Birkenstock Pops Up With New Ephemeral Store in Milan

BOXING CLEVER: The Birkenstock Box world tour continues apace. Following its European premiere in Berlin and U.S. launch in partnership with Barneys New York, the latest stop is Milan – just in time for fashion week.
The project involves a mobile retail concept created by architects Gonzalez Haase AAS, whereby a converted freight container is customized at each location in tune with a partnering store’s interiors concept. In this case, it’s the hip 10 Corso Como.
The Milan edition has been installed in Piazza XXV Aprile, a stone’s throw from the Corso Como store. Rectangular in shape, it features glass sides with aluminium ends recalling an airstream van. Kris Ruhs, the artist/designer behind Corso Como’s visual merchandising, has created the interiors in signature ink blot-style motifs.
The Box is a foray into guerrilla marketing for Birkenstock, according to chief marketing officer Yvonne Piu. “It gives us a new platform,” she said.
To celebrate the collaboration, Corso Como creative director Carla Sozzani has created six limited-edition designs for the classic Arizona sandal. Done in black and white, the printed iterations, which riff off Ruhs’ motifs, are all on display and available to buy inside the Box.
“It’s been so exciting to learn about creativity from other people,”

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A look from Poan 
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Georg Weissacher had a strong men’s wear background when he founded POAN in 2015.
The Austrian designer, who was the former head of men’s wear at Vivienne Westwood and who lives in London, said the brand’s name stands for “Peoples of All Nations.” As such, the label takes a multicultural approach, and every season focuses on a distinctive theme involving all mankind.
Describing his method as “holistic,” Weissacher said he tends to approach the development of his collections by using many art forms, everything from cinema and music to literature and architecture.
This results in an eclectic, versatile collection created in the area around Florence and defined by a modern take on tailoring that combines, in the same garment, knitted and woven elements crafted from the same fibers.
By calling his spring 2018 collection, which will be shown in Milan on June 18, “Le Phénomène humain,” Weissacher paid homage to the namesake philosophy and theology book written by Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in 1955.
“I stole this volume when I was 20 from a monastery’s library,” said the designer, explaining that the book focuses on Teilhard de Chardin’s idea that evolution is a complex process.
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Armie Hammer Special Guest at GQ Party in Milan

Armie Hammer was the special guest at the GQ party, held at Milan’s this season at Palazzo Crespi Saturday night.
Hammer is becoming a pro at Milan Fashion Week, having attended the Emporio Armani and Versace shows earlier in the day — although he was wearing a Tom Ford suit for the event. Hammer has spent a lot of time in Italy recently filming “Call Me by Your Name.” Luca Guadagnino directed the movie in Crema, a one-hour ride from Milan, and the film will be hitting American theaters at the end of November.

Armie Hammer at the GQ party 
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“Being in Crema, being with Luca [Guadagnino], being with Timothée [Chalamet,] being there in that weather, the sun, it was hot, we were riding bicycles … it just felt like the perfect summer romance making the movie,” said Hammer.
The movie is based on André Aciman’s book “Call Me by Your Name” – a passionate love story between an Italian teenager and an American man.

Thom Browne at the GQ party 
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While Off-White creative director Virgil Abloh was spinning a DJ-set at the party, a range of fashion personalities, including Diego Della Valle, Thom Browne and Angela Missoni stopped by.
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MSGM Taps Liam Gallagher’s Son to Walk Its Catwalk in Milan

MILAN — Italian designer Massimo Giorgetti tapped Lennon Gallagher to model at the upcoming men’s wear show of his label MSGM. Born in 1999, Gallagher is the son of singer Liam Gallagher — former frontman of the English band Oasis — and British actress Patsy Kensit.
In addition to walking exclusively on the MSGM catwalk on Sunday, Gallagher has been appointed to front the label’s fall ad campaign, lensed by English photographer Alasdair McLellan. Shot in London under the creative direction of Katie Grand, the images are infused with Nineties-inspired aesthetics.

MSGM’s fall ad campaign. 
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“We wanted an image that recalls London in the Nineties, the music of those years, telling also about my passion for the indie genre,” said Giorgetti, adding that Gallagher “represents perfectly the MSGM style.” The designer underscored that he is “a great fan of Oasis.”
Gallagher made his debut in the fashion industry this year, during the January edition of London Fashion Week, when he walked the Topman Design show. On the occasion, his father shared an encouraging tweet reading “Very proud of my boy Lennon for doing his first catwalk today.”

Very proud of my boy Lennon for doing his first catwalk today LG X pic.twitter.com/fu966kfVJC
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) January

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Thom Browne to Open Store in Milan

 MILAN FOR BROWNE: Thom Browne continues to expand in Europe with the opening of a store in Milan.
A sign with the brand’s logo has appeared on a retail space in Via Gesù, dubbed the Via dell’Uomo, or men’s street, near the Four Seasons Hotel. The street is home to brands ranging from Caruso and Rubinacci to Brioni and Stefano Ricci, to name a few.
Details about the store were not available at press time.
Thom Browne, as reported in January, has set its sights on a shop in London, its first in Europe, which will be located in Mayfair on Albemarle Street.
The opening of the London store is the first major expansion move by the company since Sandbridge Capital acquired a majority stake in Thom Browne last May from Japan’s Stripe International. Stripe retains a minority stake. Sandbridge’s other investments include stakes in Derek Lam, Tamara Mellon, Farfetch, Rossignol, Topshop and Karl Lagerfeld.
The New York-based designer, who was awarded the CFDA men’s wear designer award last year, launched his men’s business in 2001, and has become known as one of the most directional designers in American fashion in both men’s and women’s wear. Browne shows his men’s collections in Paris and his women’s in New York. He also

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Suki Waterhouse, Kendall Jenner, David Gandy Swoop on Milan

ON THE FLY: “We’re on our way back to London now – if Doris lets us fly,” said David Gandy who, along with Suki Waterhouse, made a quick trip to Milan to talk to guests at a British Airways tea party on Corso Como.

David Gandy 
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He was referring, of course, to Storm Doris, which pounded the U.K. with rain, snow and winds that hit 95 miles per hour last week.
Gandy, a British model and entrepreneur, has just inked a fresh three-year deal with Marks & Spencer, expanding on his modeling and ambassadorial role to consult on suiting and formal wear.
He was chatting to – and posing for selfies with – guests alongside Waterhouse, who was also jetting back to London so she could then hop a plane to New Orleans to start filming “Assassination Nation.”

David Gandy attends British Airways’ afternoon tea during Milan Fashion Week Fall 2017 
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Good thing both are friendly with British Airways.
Waterhouse’s film, written and directed by Sam Levinson, centers on a clutch of suburban teenage girls who become victims of hacking. It also stars Hari Nef and Odessa Young.

Suki Waterhouse 
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Emily Ratajkowski in Twinset Simona Barbieri’s Milan Store

A DJ set, cocktails being served throughout the store, but above all: followers — a very small part of her 11 million Instagram followers, of course. Model and actress Emily Ratajkowski was in Twinset Simona Barbieri’s Milan store Tuesday night to launch the brand’s spring ad campaign.
“I do like Twinset because it’s chic and elegant,” explained Ratajkowski. Creative director Simona Barbieri “creates easy-to-wear dresses, which are very sexy and feminine with a touch of a masculine look at the same time.”
Ratajkowski wore a total white look. “I really feel at ease in this dress, I feel very cool,” she said.
The model said she knew the Italian brand long before being its face. “I remember when I traveled to Venice with my parents, I saw Twinset posters around the city and that’s when I started to like it,” she said.
The new Twinset campaign tells the story of two friends’ journey — Ratajkowski and Sasha Pivovarova — and was photographed in Santa Barbara, Calif., by Giampaolo Sgura. Edward Enninful styled the campaign.

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David Yurman Hosts First Men’s Collection Exhibition in Milan

One could hardly miss David Yurman’s first men’s presentation in Milan — a stunning crystal structure placed in front of the Baroque San Paolo Converso deconsecrated church promised more to come inside the location.

Artist Anthony James’ installation outside David Yurman’s presentation in Milan. 
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Fourteen crystal cases in different shapes formed a circle inside the frescoed building and displayed chief design director Evan Yurman’s gold skull rings, amulet necklaces and cuffs.
Yurman tapped British artist Anthony James, known for his works called “kalos thanotos,” which in Greek means “beautiful death,” to create the unique installation, held during Men’s Fashion Week. “The structures are reminiscent of a diamond,” said James, who developed them over six months. “When you look into them, there’s a sense of infinity.” Two-way mirrors contributed to the effect. In steel and titanium, the cases were lit up from within.

Artist Anthony James’ installations at David Yurman’s presentation in Milan. 
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James said he and Yurman had been talking about working together for the last two years, but that it took them that long to devise an idea — and for James to perfect the techniques used in the installation. The structures played off the octahedral shapes of raw diamonds, he explained,

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A Nostalgic Tom Ford Hits GQ Party in Milan

The Milan Fashion Week crowd hit T’a Milano — a trendy bistro opened by the same-name heritage Milanese chocolate brand — for Saturday night’s GQ bash. The hosts had even whipped up branded boxes of fruit-filled chocolate beans for the event, though the ever-disciplined Tom Ford declined to sample them. The designer, who has been busy promoting his latest movie “Nocturnal Animals,” is in town for his men’s presentation. “I’ve been coming to Milan since the mid-Eighties, even before. It’s very nostalgic because Richard [Buckley] and I used to live here and I’ve had offices here for a long time. There’s something I remember about everything. I had dinner at Il Baretto the other night, which looks the same as it has always looked,” he said.
Nick Jonas, who had attended the Emporio Armani show earlier in the day, and models Johannes Huebl and Andrés Velencoso also attended the event. Gaia Trussardi and Kean Etro also attended.

Kean Etro, Constanza Trussardi Etro and Jim Nelson 

In the crowd, footwear designer Giuseppe Zanotti, who is also here presenting his men’s collection, said next week he’ll be heading to L.A. for a party with Jennifer Lopez hosted by Neiman Marcus to celebrate their collaboration. A second

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Jeremy Scott Meets Fans during Milan Fashion Week

“What should I ask him?” and “my hands are shaking” were only two of the reactions overheard at the So-Milano concept store on Sunday night at a meet-and-greet  for shoppers with designer Jeremy Scott. The Scott-effect ranged from selfies and Instagram videos to more traditional proofs of affection, such as little chats with the designer and even hugs.
“The reaction has been phenomenal, everyone has been so supportive,” said Scott, who had shown his men’s and women’s pre-fall collections a day earlier.
Welcomed more as a rock star than a designer, Scott greeted his fans one by one during the cocktail at the venue, which showcased his namesake collection for spring 2017. Pin-up legs printed over shirts and pants, Barbie-pink dresses, fluo-colored accessories and pumps bearing his first name on the side were among some of the pieces presented in So-Milano’s signature spherical cases.
“Why here? It’s the newest, hottest store in Milan, so what better place to be and share my work with the people that love it so much?” explained the designer.

Jeremy Scott with DJ Sita Abellan at So-Milano. 
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Opened in September, the 3,230-square-foot shopping destination was founded by retailers Giordano Ollari and Aldo Carpentieri, who conceived a new formula of presenting one brand at a time, for a total of

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Louis Vuitton Opens First Men’s Pop-up Store in Milan

MILAN — Louis Vuitton’s first men’s pop-up store in Italy, which was inaugurated here on Friday and will officially open Saturday, coincides with the city’s men’s fashion week and will close on Jan. 29. Located in the arty Brera district, the store carries the men’s spring collection exclusively in Italy, including shoes, bags, travel cases, accessories, small leather goods and watches.
The store has a distinctive artistic feel. The decor pays homage to Africa and the art of the Chapman brothers, who inspired Kim Jones, the brand’s men’s artistic director, on the spring collection. The renderings of the Big Five animals by brothers Dinos and Jake Chapman stand out on the walls, contrasting with the storied feel of the venue, with its antique fireplace and coffered ceilings.
“Brera is an interesting area and full of life, in which history, art and fashion blend and become protagonists,” said Jones, pointing to the relevance of the project in Milan as “the capital of men’s wear.”
Jones worked with the Chapmans to create four animal prints on the Louis Vuitton Monogram pattern, seen on ready-to-wear, accessories and leather goods, including two rigid beauty cases, available upon request.
In its review of the collection, which was shown last June in

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Louis Vuitton To Open Men’s Pop-Up Shop in Milan

MILAN — Louis Vuitton is launching a men’s pop-up store during the upcoming Milan Men’s Fashion Week.
Open Jan. 14 to 29, the temporary shop, which will be located on via Fiori Chiari, in the heart of the artsy Brera district, will carry, exclusively for the Italian market, the latest spring collection designed by Louis Vuitton men’s creative director Kim Jones.
 

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“I’m very happy that this project is finally in Milan, the capital of men’s wear,” said Jones. “Brera is an interesting and exciting neighborhood, where history, art and fashion meet and become protagonists.”
The pop-up store will sell a selection of ready-to-wear pieces, including luxury mohair knitted sweaters showcasing the collection’s African inspiration, along with small leather goods and footwear. The spring lineup’s signature bags featuring the prints realized by artists Dinos and Jake Chapman will be also available at the store.

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Original Madame Butterfly in Milan, 112 years later

Giacomo Puccini's Madame Butterfly was first presented in 1904 and has since become one of the world's most popular operasMilan (AFP) – Milan's La Scala opens its 2016-17 season Wednesday with a performance of Madame Butterfly in its original version for the first time since the famous opera's controversial 1904 premiere.



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Wood Wood To Show in Milan in January

Danish high-end sportswear brand Wood Wood will be the guest designer of Milan-based trade show White, running Jan. 14 to 16.
Thanks to an agreement with the Italian Fashion Chamber, White will enable Wood Wood to unveil its latest men’s collection next January with a show included in the Milan Men’s Fashion Week official schedule.
Designed by Karl-Oskar Olsen and Brian SS Jensen, Wood Wood will host a runway show at the Base venue in the Tortona Fashion District. The date of the show is still to be released.
“We welcome Wood Wood, a young and promising brand selected among those presenting at White, in our Milan Men’s official calendar,” said Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana president Carlo Capasa, adding that the show is the “fruit of the collaboration among the industry’s different players, all contributing to make the fashion sector unique and special for Milan and the whole country.”
“People easily recognize themselves in the style offered by Wood Wood,” said White founder Massimiliano Bizzi. “The brand shows a casual yet refined approach with an avant-garde attitude but without ostentation. I strongly believe in the Scandinavian labels, which are becoming more and more important on the international scene both in men’s wear and

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Adidas Mens Climacool Ac Milan 2014/2015 Jersey Yellow/Green

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Fast Facts From Fashion Weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris

Flight Tracker:
New York to London, 3,459 miles; 6.5 hours
London to Milan, 597 miles; 1 hour 45 minutes
Milan to Paris, 400 miles; 90 minutes
Paris to New York, 3,625 miles; 8.5 hours
 
NEW YORK
New York Fashion Week generates almost $ 900 million for the greater metropolitan area — more than the U.S. Open, the New York City Marathon or the 2014 Super Bowl.
100 total shows on IMG footprint
3 weeks: The time it takes to build out NYFW show venues, with numerous crews working around the clock.
The city’s semiannual fashion weeks draw approximately 232,000 attendees to more than 500 shows, creating a total economic impact of $ 887 million.
New York City’s fashion industry employs more than 184,000, accounting for 5.4 percent of the city’s workforce; pays $ 11.6 billion in wages, and generates $ 1.4 billion in tax revenue annually.
308: Number of events including runway, presentations, appointments and parties on the inclusive women’s Fashion Calendar.
 
MILAN
67 fashion shows (68 with two for Giorgio Armani); 88 presentations.
90 Percent: Hotel occupancy rate during fashion week in Milan; 95 percent between Sept. 8 and 10.
15 million euros ($ 16 million): Revenue generated for hotels in Milan and surrounding provinces during fashion week.
37 events.
4.3 miles: The longest distance between shows in Milan (Les Copains

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Penélope Cruz for Carpisa in Milan

MILAN — Penélope Cruz wowed the waiting crowd in Milan at the Carpisa store in Corso Vittorio Emanuele II on Wednesday evening with her appearance to promote her capsule collection with the brand.
In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-moment, the Spanish actress, wearing a maritime striped sweater, blue skinny jeans, a blue fedora and dark blue and black Isabel Marant over-the-knee boots, smiled and waved briefly to her fans outside the Carpisa boutique.
The Italian mass-market travel and carry-on manufacturing brand has tapped the Academy Award winner and her sister, Mónica Cruz, for a capsule that includes styles in different colors and models, ranging from pouches, shoppers, bucket bags and backpacks in suede, animal print and crocodile print. The collection hit stores last week. Penélope Cruz also appears in the ad campaign for the capsule for fall.
This is not the first venture for the look-alike sisters in the design world. The movie star and her younger sibling previously designed a collection of jewelry and handbags for Japanese retail chain Samantha Thavasa, as well as a 25-piece collection for Spanish chain Mango and collaborated on Agent Provocateur’s first diffusion line L’Agent.

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Milan Spring 2016 Trend: Colorful Stripes

From swirly and bold to irregular and unconventional, stripes in compelling color combinations and linear patterns infused the Milan collections with visual vibrancy. The look was pronounced in collections by Missoni, Prada and Marco de Vincenzo, and provided a lively graphic pop at Salvatore Ferragamo.

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Ferragamo CEO Touts Benefit of Milan Expo

EXPO-NENTIAL: Michele Norsa, chief executive officer of Salvatore Ferragamo, gave a thumbs up to Milan’s Expo. “We’ve seen an extraordinary increase in business here in August but also in September,” Norsa said ahead of the show on Sunday. The executive explained that the planning of trips to Expo has grown more structured and organized since the international fair opened in May. This has benefitted not only Milan, but Italy in general. “Most visitors stay in Milan and at the Expo for a day and a half, but also travel to Florence or Venice and Rome, for a total of at least six days in the country. The presence of tourists creates income, which generates spending, and a total positive effect,” said Norsa.

Expo, which is focused on the theme of nutrition and feeding the planet, is slated to close at the end of October.

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They Are Wearing: Milan Fashion Week Spring 2016

WWD went off the runways and onto the streets and sidewalks for the best looks from Milan Fashion Week.

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Milan Puts Spotlight on Young Talents

YOUNG GUNS: Milan’s Palazzo Morando on Wednesday evening was lit up for two back-to-back events hinging on fashion’s generation next: “Empower Talents 3,” hosted by Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani and Kering chairman and ceo François-Henri Pinault, a project that offers internships at the luxury brands that are part of the French group in Italy; and the “Who is On Next? and Vogue Talents” happening, also hosted by Sozzani.
“It’s always beautiful to channel the energy of youth and work with new talents,” said Carlo Capasa, president of the Italian chamber of fashion.
“I came earlier to Milan to check out the new designers,” said Laudomia Pucci. “It’s our duty not only to find them but to help them.” How did she feel about the debut show of Massimo Giorgetti at the helm of Emilio Pucci on Thursday? “Very confident,” she grinned.
Salvatore Ferragamo’s Massimiliano Giornetti was taking a break from putting the finishing touches to his collection, to be shown on Sunday.
“It’s all ready and done,” countered Anna Molinari about her own lineup. Giambattista Valli, Lapo Elkann, siblings Alberta and Massimo Ferretti, Moncler’s Remo Ruffini, Sara Battaglia, and Elena Ghisellini also attended.

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Prada Sails Luna Rossa Home to Milan

Prada has brought its Luna Rossa AC72 catamaran to Milan.
The 72-foot sailboat, which was among the finalists of the America’s Cup in San Francisco in 2013, has been installed in the Aero-Naval hall of Milan’s Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia (The Science and Technology Museum).
The catamaran, which was transported from Cagliari, Sardinia, and then re-assembled in the museum, will be on public display until at least the end of 2017.
“The presence of Luna Rossa in the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia represents a recognition of Luna Rossa team’s technical and design value and of its continuous ability to compete in this sector at the highest levels for more than 15 years,” said Luna Rossa team principal Patrizio Bertelli. “This boat has been one of the most extreme expressions in the history of naval design: half boat, half plane, it made sailing lovers and especially its team live exciting moments. We are more than happy to put this expression of the Italian design value at the disposal of the public, especially young people.”
Over the next few months, an interactive exhibition will be organized at the museum to explain the catamaran’s design and construction process, as well as to

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Qatar Ups Stake in Milan Development

The Milan skyline, with new skyscrapers in the Porta Nuova district

The transaction concerns a business, retail, residential and garden complex.

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Qatar Ups Stake in Milan Development

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Amy Arbus Sets Milan Exhibition

The American photographer did a photo shoot featuring Marina Rinaldi’s fall collection.

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