Gigi Hadid, Irina Shayk shine at Bottega Veneta’s NYFW show

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Model Gigi Hadid presents a creation from the Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2018 collection at New York Fashion Week in Manhattan, New York, U.S., February 9, 2018. (Reuters)
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Gigi Hadid walks the runway at Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2018 Collection at the American Stock Exchange on February 9, 2018. (AFP)
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Irina Shayk walks the runway at Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2018 Collection at the American Stock Exchange on February 9, 2018 in New York City. (AFP)
Updated 10 February 2018
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Gigi Hadid, Irina Shayk shine at Bottega Veneta’s NYFW show

NEW YORK: The Italian brand Bottega Veneta made its debut Friday at New York Fashion Week with the help of Gigi Hadid and Irina Shayk on the runway and Salma Hayek on the front row, skipping the traditional finale for models lounging on a set designed as a swanky apartment.
The company came to town for one season only (it usually shows in Milan) to mark the opening of its Maison flagship housewares and furniture store on Madison Avenue. Hence, the company’s chairs, couches and other pieces mixed with vintage furnishings at the cavernous American Stock Exchange Building downtown.
On the runway, with Hayek joined in the crowd by Julianne Moore and Priyanka Chopra, the company showed fall and winter collections for both men and women, from floral silk pajamas worthy of lounging in such a space to a black velvet lace dress with diamond cutouts for Hadid.
She joined the company’s creative director, Tomas Maier, at the end.
Bottega Veneta said in show notes that the building, in a Renaissance Revival style with Art Deco elements, was chosen to showcase the company’s Italian roots and its New York coming out.
Of his multicolored coats, animal prints for shirts and soft evening dresses, Maier said he wanted to express the “real bravery and boldness” of New Yorkers.
“Nothing stops them. Nothing seems impossible,” he said.
That meant, for some of his models, a touch of fur and some soft evening dresses in satin and silk. But it was some of the men who scored big. One walked in a bright orange suit and another in a hipster plaid purple jacket with a tiger print back collar. Still another had on comfy black loafers over yellow socks, wearing narrow-cut black trousers paired with coat of many colors (green, yellow, red and gray among them) in a bold geometric design.
These apartment loungers must eventually hit the New York City streets. There were poppy wool jackets, multicolored shearling coats and cashmere sweaters for that. Maier didn’t forget the toll this concrete jungle often takes on the feet, adding for good measure what he described for women as “statement-making boots on a pavement-friendly low heel.”


Little-known designer to lead fashion house Lanvin

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Little-known designer to lead fashion house Lanvin

  • Bruno Sialelli is the fourth creative director to head the troubled brand in four years
  • The turmoil at the house began in 2015 with the departure of star designer Alber Elbaz

PARIS: A little known 31-year-old French fashion designer was handed the keys to Lanvin Monday, the oldest couture house of all.
Bruno Sialelli, who has previously worked for Loewe, Balenciaga and Acne Studios, is the fourth creative director to head the troubled brand in four years.
He has been charged with unifying its men’s and women’s lines after the Chinese conglomerate Fosun, who bought out the brand last year, said they wanted to take Lanvin in a “pivotal new direction.”
Chief executive Jean-Philippe Hecquet said that they were won over by Sialelli’s “singular and very personal vision, his audacity, his culture, his energy and ability to bild a strong creative team.”
The turmoil at the house began in 2015 with the departure of star designer Alber Elbaz after a 14-year run during which the brand became a favorite of the fashion set.
The following year the company — then owned by the Taiwanese media magnate Shaw-Lan Wang — sank to a loss of €18.3 million, its first in a decade.
Elbaz was eventually replaced by Bouchra Jarrar, who quit after just 16 months.