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21 Aug

Cindy Crawford’s Next Gig, DKNY’s Latest York-centric Campaign

SIMPLY SUPER: MCM is leaning into its heritage with its latest campaign, which spotlights its caramel-colored, monogram leather goods — and ’90s supermodel Cindy Crawford.

Crawford, who first posed for an MCM campaign in 1996 lensed by Herb Ritts, plunked herself on a pile of backpacks, totes, satchels and weekenders for a studio shoot with Juergen Teller. She cradles the German brand’s latest crossbody style, dubbed the Mode Travia.

“It was nostalgic for me to travel back in time with MCM from our first photoshoot,” Crawford mused, noting that its classic bags remain “timeless.”

The campaign, which breaks Monday on MCM’s website and social channels, is an element of efforts to reposition MCM as a digitally driven luxury brand by expanding right into a full-fledged offering of accessories, ready-to-wear and lifestyle. 

As reported last June, MCM recently appointed Tina Lutz and Katie Chung to steer and develop its recent global design and inventive direction, enhancing the brand’s signatures and making them resonate with today’s market demands. 

Its heritage codes might be traced back to 1976.

Fabien Baron, creative director of the spots, said Crawford stays a “true skilled,” bringing knowledge and tenacity to her latest modeling project. Jessica Diehl was the stylist, Diane Kendal the makeup artist and Benjamin Muller the hairstylist.

Sabine Brunner, president and global brand and business officer of MCM Global AG, said the Crawford campaign highlights links to the brand’s historic iconography, bridging “this heritage with the dynamism of Gen Z.

“Cindy Crawford, as each a supermodel icon and a timeless symbol, aligns seamlessly with MCM’s iconic designs,” she added.

Crawford has zoomed back into the cultural highlight, along together with her supermodel pals Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington, appearing on the September covers of American and British Vogue.

The 4 women may even be seen in “The Supermodels,” a documentary that premieres on Sept. 20 on Apple TV+. — MILES SOCHA

FLAMENCO FLAIR: Actress and fashion-week fixture Rossy de Palma will bring a little bit of Spanish sun to Paris’ Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche for an autumn exhibit opening Aug. 26.

Rossy de Palma

Stephane Feugere for WWD

Under the guise of the department store’s “Olé Olé Le Bon Marché” exhibition, which is able to usher in Hispanic brands from all over the world, de Palma will curate the windows on the Rue de Sèvres side, in addition to transform a dedicated space on the primary floor into “La Villa Rossy” to spotlight craftsmanship from the Iberian peninsula. She’ll touch upon every little thing from surrealism to traditional flamenco through the displays.

The singer may even host “La Vie en Rossy,” a series of shows held after closing hours in the center of the department store’s grand space, on Sept. 13, 20 and 27, with tickets on sale to the general public.

“La Villa Rossy” will showcase Spanish brands chosen by the actress herself, including Simuero, a group of handcrafted jewelry comprised of recycled materials by Valencian designers Rocio Gallardo and Jorge Ros; Dr. Bloom, the Barcelona-based brand of colourful clothes and niknaks, and sustainable bag line Ölend from Barcelona-based designers Adriana Dumon and Fran Rios. Socks from Thunders Love, that are handmade by artisans in northwest Spain, are also featured as a part of the pop-up space.

Hispanic homewares may even feature in the shop through the exhibit. BD Barcelona, the corporate behind the reedition of the famous red leather lips surrealist sofa designed by Salvador Dalí, might be featured with a series of ceramics. Artist Jaime Hayon’s &Tradition label has created a limited edition of his Formakami lamp, taking traditional Japanese design through his Spanish lens, which might be available exclusively at Le Bon Marché.

Designer Maria Estrada’s contemporary interpretations of traditional ceramics and table linens, sourced from local artisans in Granada and Malloraca for her Casa Maricruz line, may even be featured, together with hand-dipped beeswax candles and dyed pencils from artist Clara Infante’s Shop Copito line.

“Olé Olé Le Bon Marché” will run from Aug. 26 through Oct. 15. — RHONDA RICHFORD

NYC FALL: DKNY’s fall campaign, titled “DKNY for You,” explores Latest York from a large number of perspectives.

Photographed by Dan Martensen and styled by Alastair McKim, the campaign features Amelia Gray Hamlin and Christian Combs, together with various personalities corresponding to Abby Champion, Peter Dupont, Catarina Guedes, Alex Schlab, Hiandra Martinez, and Raph, who each have a connection to the town.

Among the many views and street scenes photographed are catching a show on the Apollo Theater in Harlem, playing a chess game within the square, taking in the most recent art exhibit, or finding a quiet moment on a park bench.

The campaign looks to disclose how the town is a source of infinite inspiration.

Among the many fashion featured are elevated faux leather dresses punctuated with edgy metal accents, textural outerwear, polished varsity jackets, and satin suits structured with sharp sophistication.

Fall image from DKNY.

A fall image from DKNY.

Courtesy of DKNY

The campaign will run across the U.S. and key international markets in a diversified media mixture of digital, premium outdoor and social/influencer partnerships. The autumn 2023 collection is obtainable globally on Aug. 22 on DKNY.com and in select retailers. — LISA LOCKWOOD

FIGHTING STYLE: The unofficial dress code for front-row viewing at a significant fight night — as in big-league boxing — was furs, slithery dresses, diamonds, and even suits and tuxes further back.

Working example, ringside on the 2017 Floyd Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, Beyoncé donned a red deeply V-necked Harbison jumpsuit and Jay-Z sported a champagne-colored tuxedo jacket with a black bow tie. Celebrity sightings are routine at major fights. Drake, Nicki Minaj, Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, Mark Wahlberg, Idris Elba, George Lopez, Mike Tyson, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf have showed up now and again.

Now, the UFC, the world’s leading mixed martial arts organization, and the French men’s retailer Celio have teamed up with way more relaxed options for a limited-run collaboration. The deal was brokered by UFC’s licensing agency IMG. It’s too soon to say whether any IMG models (lots of whom know the ins and outs of Paris well) might be on the Sept. 2 match, when France’s Ciryl Gane will square off against Moldova’s Serghei Spivac, in line with an IMG spokesperson.

UFC and Celio are working together to mark the UFC’s return to Paris for the occasion. The heavyweight bout might be held on the Accor Arena with Gane going into the showdown ranked first and Spivac, eighth. Gane might be fighting in front of his hometown crowd for the second time in two years.

Celio goals to maximise that exposure, having signed up the French heavyweight as a brand ambassador. Gane also has endorsement deals with DFNS Sneaker, the eco-friendly label Apparel Care and Gymking.

UFC fans and shoppers don’t should wait for the opening bell to get in on the merchandise. As of Aug. 21, the UFC and Celio will offer what they described as “fan apparel” that features original designs that may only be available through Celio stores in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, in addition to the chain’s online hubs and approved e-commerce sites. Jackets, T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, jogger pants and caps might be among the many styles with retail prices starting from 19.99 euros to 45.99 euros.

The 2 UFC fighters can expect a percentage of the sales — a spokesperson confirmed fighters are compensated for merchandise featuring their image and likeness.

Partnering with the Endeavor-owned UFC offers inroads to a big base. The UFC boasts greater than 700 million fans and the fight is among the many 40-plus live events that the UFC holds annually and broadcasts to greater than 900 million households in upward of 170 countries. And Celio extends its own reach with greater than 1,000 stores and expansion plans for India from a sourcing standpoint and a retail one.

While attendees at next month’s fight and people watching from afar can dress nonetheless they decide to, UFC fighters take their cues from the MMA organization. In a recent interview, fighter Diaz, who’s a free agent, suggested that fighters should have the option to wear whatever they need as a substitute of wearing clothing chosen by the UFC. Last yr the UFC signed a sponsorship cope with the actor and entrepreneur Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Project Rock for the UFC’s official footwear and co-branded styles. — ROSEMARY FEITELBERG

A FOURSOME NO MORE: Two years after starting the three way partnership LGDR, 4 monikers within the Latest York art scene — Dominique Lévy, Brett Gorvy, Amalia Dayan and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn — are shifting gears.

In the summertime of 2021, the foursome joined forces by combining their respective galleries during a shakier point within the pandemic when some galleries were folding. Their aim was to create a one-stop-shop for consulting, dealing and consulting with auction houses.

Installation view, Niki de Saint Phalle, Joy Revolution, 2021 Courtesy of the Niki Charitable Art Foundation and Salon 94, New York. Photo: Dan Bradica

Installation view, Niki de Saint Phalle, Joy Revolution, 2021
Courtesy of the Niki Charitable Art Foundation and Salon 94, Latest York.

Courtesy of Dan Bradica

With the brand new setup, clients and just-passing-by Upper East Side shoppers won’t should travel far to seek out them of their recent environs. Greenberg Rohatyn will reopen Salon 94 at 3 East 89th Street, where she’s going to focus again on exhibitions and her art advising. Positioned in a landmark Beaux-Arts town house that had been in-built 1915, Salon 94’s interiors were refreshed just a few years ago by Rafael Vinoly. It once housed the National Academy of Design Museum. The airy, multifloor space had grow to be a destination for some tony clientele. The gallery had closed two years ago, when the three way partnership was finalized.

Meanwhile, the remaining trio will now operate as Lévy Gorvy Dayan and might be based at 19 East sixty fourth Street. They are going to go forward representing artists and estates and so they may even curate exhibitions and offer other services to globetrotting clients as a part of the newly formed Art Family Office.

Next month, Lévy Gorvy Dayan will unveil a retrospective of Pierre Soulages that has been curated by his longtime friend Dominique Lévy. Working with the Soulages family, Lévy Gorvy Dayan is attempting to magnify the European abstract artist’s influence and legacy. That show might be followed by one in November from the painter Jenna Gribbon featuring large-scale paintings of her wife and muse, Mackenzie Scott.

Lévy Gorvy Dayan will proceed to participate in such art fairs corresponding to Paris+ par Art Basel in October, and presentations in London, Paris and Milan. Those initiatives might be helmed by Victoria Gelfand-Magalhaes, European president, and in Hong Kong through a partnership with Rebecca Wei that may operate as Lévy Gorvy Dayan and Wei.

Looking forward to the October Salon 94’s reopening, American sculptor Karon Davis can have a solo exhibition of her recent work titled “Beauty Must Suffer.” The show will examine the archetype of the Black ballerina, and a dancer’s infinite sacrifice to inhabit perfection. Plans are also in place for a comprehensive curatorial program to play up the voices and variety of living and deceased artists. Because it was began in 2002, Salon 94 didn’t just host exhibitions but in addition introduced artist-made movies and animations to bop and performance, amongst other events.

Greenberg Rohatyn also carries on with Salon 94 Design, which blends art and design, and strives to chip away on the hierarchies between the 2. The placement is prime real estate not only in its own right, but in addition for attracting well-heeled residents within the neighborhood and likewise the more diverse art crowd. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the National Academy Museum and School are just a few blocks away from Salon 94.

In a letter announcing the realignment to clients that was signed by the art specialists, they said, “While we move forward as two separate galleries, the 4 of us will proceed our collaborative activities that we’ve enjoyed and fostered for therefore a few years.“ — R.F.

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