Chanel on Show in London, Lafayette 148 Hits Canada, a Monaco Winner – WWD

Chanel on Show in London, Lafayette 148 Hits Canada, a Monaco Winner – WWD

CHANEL AT THE V&A: After the resounding success of the “Christian Dior: Creator of Dreams” exhibition, the Victoria & Albert Museum is once again betting on fashion with a major Chanel exhibition scheduled for September 2023.

“Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto” will be the first British exhibition dedicated to the work of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. It will seek to trace the evolution of Chanel’s designs from the opening of its first millinery boutique in Paris in at the parade of his last collection in 1971.

With over 180 looks seen together for the first time, the exhibition will explore the designer’s democratic and quirky approach to fashion, which paved the way for a new way of dressing.

The parade will also present jewelry, accessories, cosmetics and perfumes, the latter having made the fortune of the house since their launch.

The V&A in London will hold a major Chanel exhibition in September 2023.
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Based on an exhibition of the same name organized by the Palais Galliera in Paris in 2020, the exhibition will be “reimagined for the V&A”. It will feature rarely seen pieces from the London museum collection alongside looks from Palais Galliera and Le Patrimoine de Chanel, the fashion house’s heritage collections in Paris.

Key pieces on display will include outfits created for British model Anne Gunning (later Lady Nutting) and Hollywood actresses Lauren Bacall and Marlene Dietrich.

Through eight themed sections, the exhibition will explore Chanel’s innovative approach to fabric, silhouette and construction and examine how it crafted a new framework for fashion in the 20th century, according to the V&A.

It will also highlight Chanel’s British inspirations, such as its embrace of tweed as well as other British-made textiles.

V&A Director Tristram Hunt said the V&A was “delighted to partner with Chanel and the Palais Galliera for this exhibition, which gives us the opportunity to explore the origins and elements of this enduring style, and to exhibit little-known objects, historic Chanel clothes from the V&A collection.

Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Chanel Fashion and President of Chanel SAS, said that by showcasing the designer’s contribution to the history of fashion, “as well as the incredible relevance and permanence of the Chanel style, this exhibition will highlight light one of the greatest visionaries of our time.”

The exhibition will take place with the support of Chanel and will run from September 16, 2023 to February 25, 2024 at the museum’s Sainsbury Gallery.

Tickets for “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams,” which took place in 2019, sold out less than three weeks after opening and had more than 100,000 visitors. The show’s run was extended from July to September this year and was one of the most successful in the museum’s history.

“We knew ‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’ would be popular, but we’ve been overwhelmed by the phenomenal response from visitors thus far,” Hunt said in 2019.

The biggest and most comprehensive UK show from the house of Dior, it was a grand sweep of shimmering, billowing wool, sculpted jackets and floral prints and patterns. It highlighted the designer’s fascination with Britain, his defining ‘lines’ and looks, as well as his international outlook and inspirations from history. — SAMANTHA CONTI

NEW IN CANADA: Lafayette 148 has opened its first store in Canada at 130 Bloor Street W in Toronto.

The 2077 square foot space evokes the scale of an art gallery.

The boutique offers the entire Lafayette 148 ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories collections. Creative Director Emily Smith’s approach is based on luxury fabrics, craftsmanship and a modern and sober.

Chanel on display in London, Lafayette

Lafayette 148 has opened its first stand-alone Canadian store.

The store’s décor includes mirrors flanking an oil rubbed bronze wall, French white oak flooring, bespoke seating and glazed onyx jewelry display cases. Hanging shelves showcase the Lafayette 148 Made in Italy collection of bag and shoe accessories.

Founded in 1996, Lafayette 148 distributes its collection online at and is sold in 28 independent boutiques in the United States, Canada and China, as well as in specialty stores and luxury department stores around the world. —LISA LOCKWOOD

MONACO WINNER: Ramzen designer Abdul Al-Romaizan won the Emerging Designer Award at the 2022 Fashion Awards ceremony during Monte-Carlo Fashion Week, held May 23-27. The ceremony took place at the Salle Garnier of the Monaco Opera. The prize was presented by Princess Charlene of Monaco, accompanied by her daughter, Princess Gabriella.

The Ramzen fashion show, which opened the Fashion Awards ceremony on May 25, featured the Spring 2022 “Gioia di Vivere [Joy of Life]», characterized by creations dedicated to Monaco and its emblematic female figures. The designer paid homage to the principality through a white blouse and a red corolla skirt, with the words “I love you Monaco” printed on the latter. From May 25, a selection of outfits from the collection were available for purchase at the brand’s pop-up store at the luxurious Fairmont Monte Carlo hotel.

A look from the Ramzen spring 2022 collection during Monte Carlo Fashion Week 2022.

A look from the Ramzen spring 2022 collection during Monte Carlo Fashion Week 2022.
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“I was inspired by the beauty of Monaco with the purity of its nature,” Al-Romaizan explained. “It is a great honor for me and for the Ramzen team to have accepted the invitation of the princess and to have obtained this prestigious award.”

Ramzen made his runway debut during Milan Fashion Week in September with a show in the panoramic courtyard of Palazzo Serbelloni. He was the first Saudi designer to present a collection during Milan Fashion Week, and was also the first Saudi designer to parade during Monte-Carlo Fashion Week.

Sustainability and diversity awards were presented to several industry figures. Edward Enninful, editor of British Vogue and European editorial director of Condé Nast, received the Positive Change Award. The prize for sustainable innovative start-up was awarded to the Italian company Verabuccia for having developed a material produced from pineapple peel waste. The Sustainable Award for Circular Economy Pioneer was awarded to the accessories brand Regenesi, founded by Maria Silvia Pazzi and Alberto Montanari. The education prize went to Florence-based Polimoda Fashion University.

The jury included figures such as Sara Sozzani Maino, head of special projects at Vogue Italia; Federica Nardoni Spinetta, President of the Chamber of Fashion Monaco; Terrence Bray, designer and professor at Durban University of Fashion and Textile Technology, and Matteo Ward, co-founder of Wråd and member of Fashion Revolution Italia. —ALICE MONORCHIO

TO THE EAST : Frankies Bikinis burst in the Hamptons this summer.

Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, New York coffee and hospitality company Bluestone Lane has sculpted ora space for the Los Angeles-based swimwear and lifestyle brand at its cafe in Montauk, NY.

Frankies fans will be able to shop a selection of swimwear, apparel and beauty products while sipping on limited-edition lemonades with Malibu-inspired names like “Frankies Fantasy” and “Sunset Spritzer.”

“I was always inspired by my upbringing in Malibu, which really brought the ‘Malibu Fantasy’ concept to life,” Frankies founder and creative director Francesca Aiello told WWD of the space theme. “Lying on the beach between two surf sessions, salt in my hair and sand in my toes, skating home at sunset with my surfboard under my arm.

Frankies Bikinis pieces inside Bluestone Lane Coffee's Montauk Cafe.

Frankies Bikinis pieces inside Bluestone Lane Coffee’s Montauk Cafe.
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Montauk’s carve-out space, located at786 Montauk Highway, opens to the public on Fridays and runs through October. But the limited-edition Frankies-themed drink will be available at all 60 Bluestone locations across the country.

Francesca Aiello Swimwear Frankies

Founder and Creative Director of Frankies Bikinis, Francesca Aiello, brandishes the limited-edition Bluestone Lemonades inspired by the brand. The drinks are called “Frankies Fantasy” and “Sunset Spritzer”.
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“We love being able to have a physical retail presence in Montauk as it’s a popular summer destination for many of our East Coast customers and we’re excited to bring to life not only our best-selling new releases here, but also our exclusive Montauk merchandise,” a Frankies representative said.

This is the second year that Bluestone has made room for Frankies in its café. But the retail exclusion is just the latest example of the brand’s rapid expansion plans. —KELLIE ELL

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