48 posts tagged "Bottega Veneta"
Flipping an age-old adage on its glittering axis, designers have proposed diamonds—the shape, though, not the gemstone—as a Spring ’14 menswear motif. Both Ports 1961 and Giorgio Armani sent forth abstract, faded parallelograms—the former on a cream-colored bomber, the latter by means of spray-painted T-shirts. Yet the strongest use of the shape came on knitwear. Tomas Maier, for example, offered a heather-gray jumper with a repeating diamond pattern in his midcentury mash-up for Bottega Veneta (above, left). Donatella Versace paneled a navy, Medusa-buttoned cardigan in delicate rhombuses (above, center). And lastly, London’s Peter Jensen rendered a vermillion paragon on an ice-blue jumper, knit from ultrafine U.K. yarns (above, right). “There’s a whole playing card intarsia story in my collection,” Jensen told Style.com, noting his use of hearts, spades, and clubs, too. But the diamond may be his favorite. “It’s about time that diamonds become a boy’s best friend,” he said.
Coach has named its new executive creative director and, somewhat unsurprisingly, it’s not Marc Jacobs. Rather, Stuart Vevers, formerly the creative director of Spanish house Loewe, got the gig, replacing Reed Krakoff, who, two months ago, announced that he would be leaving the company in June 2014 to focus on his eponymous collection. “Stuart is recognized as one of the world’s leading accessories designers,” Coach president and chief commercial officer Victor Luis told WWD. “His passion, leadership skills, and broad luxury brand experience, focused on leather goods, uniquely qualify him to lead the next chapter of Coach,” Indeed, Vevers—who will be in charge of all creative aspects of the brand—has a wealth of hit-handbag experience. Before heading to Loewe in 2008, he held positions at Bottega Veneta, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, and Louis Vuitton, each of which have strong accessories ranges. The English designer also won the British Fashion Council’s Accessory Designer of the Year award in 2006 while working as the creative director of Mulberry, a role that he held from 2005 to 2008.
Furthering his long-standing penchant for artist collaborations (cue everyone from Erwin Olaf to Nan Goldin), Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier has tapped Nancy Lorenz to create her third project for the brand—a series of decorative boxes that will be displayed at next week’s Salone del Mobile in Milan. Entitled Skies and Beyond, the twenty-five-edition capsule is comprised entirely of one-offs—eccentric objets d’art rendered in blackened silver, palladium, and moon gold leaf. Lorenz is heralded for blending postwar abstractionism with the craftsmanship inherent in Asian art. She spent five years in Tokyo, where she learned to use industrial elements like lacquer in painterly ways. “I appreciate her refined technique, textural work, and overall artistic sensibility,” said Maier. The boxes capture an intersection of East and West—pewter grooves on one mirror hearken back to the raked sand in bonsai gardens, while the scratched mother-of-pearl on another invokes centuries-old Italian marble.
Skies and Beyond will be available for purchase through skiesandbeyond.bottegaveneta.com starting tomorrow. Each piece is priced at €5,000, or $6428.50 at the current exchange.
Prada is reported to be in talks for an India entry. Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, and Stella McCartney are exploring real estate for stand-alone stores. After opening his first boutique in New Delhi last year, Christian Louboutin is readying himself for a Mumbai launch. This year marks the tenth anniversary of Louis Vuitton’s presence in India—it was the first luxury brand to set foot in the country. Is India finally reawakening to luxury? Historically, it’s a country familiar with all things luxe. After all, in 1925, India’s Sir Bhupinder Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala, granted Cartier its single largest commission: the remodeling of his crown jewels, a collection that included an exquisite 234.69-carat De Beers diamond. Vuitton’s gilded links with India go back well over a century, when the Maharajas of Jammu and Kashmir, Bikaner and Baroda, ordered customized trunks from the company.
Then came freedom. For almost forty-four years after Independence, socialist India snapped all ties with luxury. It’s only in the last decade that the romance has rekindled. And it has to do with math. With a population surpassing 1.22 billion, and 81 million households falling into the upper middle class and high-income bracket, India is a serious market for luxury players. In fact, statistics show that India is one of the fastest-growing and largest luxury markets, with sales expected to touch $15 billion by 2015—nearly double what they are today. In November last year, Gucci opened its fifth and largest India store, spanning 4,220 square feet across two floors in Gurgaon, Delhi’s satellite city. Patrizio di Marco, president and CEO, noted, “The flagship store underscores Gucci’s commitment to India. This is our fifth store in this unique country, where we have been operating directly since the end of 2009, and it is a testament to the importance that we are placing on this fast-growing and competitive market.”
But Kalyani Chawla, vice president of marketing and communications at Christian Dior, insists India is taking baby steps. And she is right. The Western notion of luxury hit Indian shores only ten years ago. It’s still a country of salwar kameezes and saris. But the Indian buyer has grown interested in fashion, investing small but precious sums in brands. “Dior has seen a steady and encouraging growth. As is the case globally with most brands, accessories are doing very well [and] clothing is picking up,” she says, noting that this is partly due to the fact that Western wear has finally slipped into a bride’s wedding trousseau. And for Indians, marriage is the occasion for which discerning buyers splurge. Dior launched in 2006, and has three stores across the country. Continue Reading “Is India The Next Big Player in Luxury Retail?” »
Freja Beha may have been noticeably absent from runways last season, but we were pleased to see a decidedly fresh-faced Miss Erichsen featured in Bottega Veneta’s Spring ’13 campaign. Lensed by Peter Lindbergh, the shots were snapped at Universal Studios. Could this, perhaps, be a prelude to an upcoming Freja/Bottega runway romp? We’ll have to wait until the Milan shows to find out.