Chanel Redux, Lululemon serves, honors mothers – WWD

CALL IN ITALY: Chanel is taking its Métiers d’Art collection on the road for the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The line, which was initially unveiled Dec. 7 at the French fashion house’s new specialist atelier center on the outskirts of Paris, will be shown in a new runway show in Florence on June 7.

“Craftsmanship is rooted in the history of Florence, rich in cultural heritage and ancestral know-how, still very much alive today,” the brand said in a statement on Tuesday.

Chanel last presented its Métiers d’Art collection in Italy in 2015, during an exhibition at the famous Cinecittà film studio in Rome. Chanel’s manufacturing facilities are split between France and Italy, where it has acquired suppliers such as tannery Samanta and yarn manufacturer Vimar.

An illustration for the rehearsal of the Chanel Métiers d’Art show in Florence.
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Traditionally a traveling show that has landed in destinations such as Shanghai, Rome, Edinburgh, Salzburg and Dallas, the Métiers d’Art exhibition was held in Paris in December 2019 following the death of the longtime artistic director of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld.

Faced with the restrictions of the COVID-19 epidemic, her successor Virginie Viard chose to film the collection at the Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley the following year in front of a single VIP guest: Kristen Stewart.

Unlike some of its competitors, Chanel did not hold any major events outside of its home market between the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 and November 2021, when it traveled to Dubai for a re-presentation of its collection. cruise 2022. — JOELLE DIDERICH

REACHING THE PITCH: lululemon prepares for his last game.

The sportswear, accessories and footwear brand will soon enter the tennis game with a new tennis collection for men and women.

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Pieces from the Lululemon tennis collection.
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“The new Spring 22 line brings Lululemon’s technical designs and performance to the tennis court, making even the toughest shots feel effortless,” the company said in a statement.

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Lululemon’s inaugural tennis collection includes pieces for both men and women.
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The collection, which includes an assortment of apparel and accessories, will launch online and in select stores in North America on March 29, with more pieces to come this summer. Technical features include four-way stretch fabrics, “light as a feather” fabrics, advanced wicking and quick-drying materials.

The retailer has engaged Canadian professional tennis player Leylah Fernandez as an ambassador to wear Lululemon pieces on court this season.

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Leylah Fernandez wears Lululemon tennis apparel on the court.
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“When I’m on the tennis court, I don’t want to think about everything I’m wearing,” Fernandez said. “I’m just here to play tennis, have fun and put on a show for people. When I put Lululemon on, I feel confident and ready to take on any challenge that comes my way.

The tennis collection arrives just weeks after the Vancouver-based firm unveiled its inaugural footwear assortment. Other recent creations include Lululemon bags made from mushrooms and Team Canada outfits at the recent Olympic Games. —KELLIE ELL

MEMORABLE MOTHERS: This year’s Outstanding Mother Awards will honor four leading women in retail, beauty, finance and media for their commitment to their families and their dedication to their careers and philanthropy.


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The 44th annual event, to be held May 5 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City, will honor Nancy Berger, Senior Vice President/Group Publishing Director at Hearst Media; Phyllis Newhouse, CEO of ShoulderUp Technology Acquisition Corp. and CEO of Xtreme Solutions, Inc.; Marisa Thalberg, Executive Vice President, Chief Brand and Marketing Officer, Lowe’s Cos., Inc., and Priya Venkatesh, Senior Vice President, Skincare and Hair, Sephora.

Fashion scoops: Chanel Redux, Lululemon Serves,

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Proceeds from the annual luncheon will benefit Save the Children’s US programs.

Fashion scoops: Chanel Redux, Lululemon Serves,

Marisa Thalberg

“We are thrilled to welcome our exceptional honored and invited mothers in person to our annual event this year and celebrate such an accomplished and inspiring group of women leaders,” said Laurie Dowley, Chair of the National Mother’s Day Committee. “Since our founding, we have strived to recognize and support mothers and all they do to positively impact their families, communities and workplaces. This year’s group of winners have all demonstrated remarkable achievements in the face of significant challenges and we look forward to recognizing their contributions as mothers, leaders and role models. —LISA LOCKWOOD

Fashion scoops: Chanel Redux, Lululemon Serves,

Priya Venkatesh

BACK IN MANHATTAN: After canceling its scheduled January show due to the spike in Omicron cases, Project is taking the plunge and will hold an in-person show in New York City in July.

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Promotional material for Project New York.

The event will take place on July 18 and 19 at Iron23, an event space in the Flatiron District where the January show was to be held. This location, which replaces a larger space at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Project’s longtime Manhattan home, will allow the show to offer a more curated assortment of brands.

July’s edition will focus on contemporary men’s and gender-neutral apparel, footwear and accessories brands in what’s called “an intimate new setting.” Brand prices will range from high-end luxury to affordable luxury, the company said.

Project selected the dates to coincide with the MAN show in New York, as well as the Society for International Menswear event, the inaugural event created by Wainscot Media, the parent company of MR magazine. Society for International Menswear is led by Lizette Chin and Coleman McCartan, former executives of Project’s parent company, Informa Fashion. It will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion on 18th Street.

MAN has yet to say where it will be held in July, but its January show was at AG Studios on Walker Street.

Project held an in-person exhibit in Las Vegas in February and also hosted an event in Tokyo March 16-17 at the International Design Forum. — JEAN E. PALMIERI

JOIN MODA: Moda Operandi has a new head of fine jewelry: Abby Huhtanen has joined the e-tailer as director of fine jewelry.

Huhtanen comes to Moda after a long stint as the founder of consulting firm AMH Global, which she created in 2018 after leaving Ippolita as chief commercial officer. Huhtanen was also president of Kimberly McDonald’s and worked at Bergdorf Goodman for a decade as a jewelry and watch buyer.

Abby Huhtanen, Head of Fine Jewelry at Moda Operandi.

Abby Huhtanen, Head of Fine Jewelry at Moda Operandi.
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According to a press release, it will “strategically position the [fine jewelry] aggressive growth category with a plan to be defined [Moda] as the leading luxury online destination for fine jewelry.

Huhtanen will be responsible for all fine jewelry-related buying and merchandising efforts and will also collaborate on events and private sales engagements related to the category. She will report directly to Moda’s Director of Merchandising, April Hennig.

The merchant is stepping into a somewhat evolving role since the 2019 departure of Jodi Kaplan, who had joined Moda from Bergdorf where she had worked as vice president of jewelry and watches. Kaplan eventually expanded her scope at Moda to include all accessories as well as homewares.

The role was then filled by veteran jewelry editor Will Kahn, who remained on the website for about a year.

The “structure” of the department has since changed, according to a spokesperson – and has since been overseen by Myriam Attou – vice president of exquisite sales, fine jewelry, home merchandising and special orders. According to a statement, Attou is stepping down from the site and “will continue to support key business partnerships and priorities until his departure in June.” Attou first joined Moda in November 2019 from Tesla where she was director for the UK, Northern Europe and the Middle East. — MIST WHITE SIDE

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