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Shots of London by Kumi Saito, Dickson Joins Gap Board, FSF to Honor Emma Grede, Anna Wintour – WWD

STREET SHOTS: The next book “Did I meet you before? London Street Style From Fashion Week 2001-2018” provides a historical record of how show-goers dressed over the past two decades through the lens of London-based Japanese photographer Kumi Saito, who passed away in December 2020 from cancer. .

Published by Parsnips Archive, the book is edited by Mina Wakatski, Saito’s longtime friend and fashion journalist, who also runs the famous Japanese-style French patisserie Lanka on Finchley Road.

The book, which will be published on November 23, features more than 200 images from 111 fashion editors, buyers, models, bloggers and influencers, including Susie Lau, Sarah Harris, Rebecca Lowthorpe, Alexa Chung, Edie Campbell and Cara Delevingne, as well as as comments. of the journalists Saito worked with during that time.

Rebecca Lowthorpe captured by Kumi Saito during the spring 2005 runway season.


The book is named after the most common sentence Saito heard from showgoers when capturing them outside the show venues. It served as an effective icebreaker for her and her subjects.

Wakatski said that he spearheaded this project because Saito was one of his best friends and collaborators for more than 25 years.

“She left behind a huge file, but her husband said, ‘I don’t have anything to show your work to others. I want a photo book. So the journalists, graphic designers, and coordinators who have worked with her came together to produce a series of her archival photo books. This book is the first. Because she wanted to do a London Fashion Week street style photo show under this title,” she explained.

Regarded as the gatekeeper of all British fashion brands wishing to appear in Japanese media before the digital age, Wakatski spent the last 30 years covering shows and remembered almost every one of them vividly.

“So when I went through the tens of thousands of photos this time, the shows that took place at the venues came to life along with the people who appeared there. This book is a record of memories not only for Saito, but also for the journalists he associated with, as well as the fashion professionals featured in the book, and even the people who watched the shows at the time.” , said.

“I think it’s like an album for comrades who have been involved in London Fashion Week for the last 20 years, a record for the LFW community,” Wakatski added.

Born in Yamagata, a city in northern Japan, Saito studied photography at Tokyo’s Kuwasawa School of Design while working as an assistant to Minsei Tominaga and Studio Ebis. He moved to London in 1994 and began collaborating with Japanese magazines, fashion brands, department stores, and a wide range of media. — TIANWEI ZHANG

JOIN THE GAP: Richard Dickson, president and chief operating officer of Mattel, has been elected to the board of directors of Gap Inc.

Dickson, a veteran of Bloomingdale’s, The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. and the former Jones Group, brings expertise in fashion, beauty, toys and collectibles. At Mattel, based in El Segundo, California, he leads a portfolio of brands that oversee innovation, strategy, design and development.

Under her leadership, the company launched the Mattel Playbook, a branding approach that has been instrumental in driving the growth of Barbie and Hot Wheels.

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Richard Dickson, president and chief operating officer (COO) of Mattel.


It also launched Mattel Creations, a new division to develop capsule collections and limited-edition co-branded products with fashion designers, entertainment properties and artists. The brand has collaborated with Gucci, The Hundreds, Herschel, “The Shining” and many more. On October 19, Mattel Creations released Masters of the Universe c/o Virgil Abloh “Toy”.

“Richard’s many years of experience growing, acquiring and revitalizing well-known brands will add valuable perspective to the board as we look to strengthen Gap Inc’s purpose-driven portfolio and return our brands to consistent growth and sustainable,” Bobby Martin, Interim CEO. officer and CEO of Gap Inc., said in a statement.

“I am delighted to have a role in writing the next chapter for Gap Inc. as a member of its board of directors and to play a role in unlocking the tremendous potential in its portfolio of iconic brands,” added Dickson.

Gap Inc. has been navigating rough waters in recent months, with the departure of chairman and CEO Sonia Syngal, the collapse of its Yeezy Gap strategy and the elimination of 500 jobs at its corporate headquarters. The specialty retailer fell into the red in the second quarter and is due to report third-quarter results on November 17. — BOOTH MOORE

FSF HONORS: The Fashion Scholarship Fund is gearing up for its next gala that will celebrate two honorees.

The non-profit organization dedicated to fashion-oriented education will host its 86th annual gala on April 3 at The Glasshouse in New York City, honoring Condé Nast’s chief content officer and Vogue’s global editorial director. , Anna Wintour, and Good American co-founder and CEO Emma Grede.

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According to the fund, it is honoring Wintour for “her longstanding commitment to supporting and fostering the next generation of fashion talent” and Grede for “her championing of diversity and inclusive representation in the industry and her work with The Fifteen.” Percent Pledge. ”

The gala coincides with the Fashion Scholarship Fund which awards more than $1 million in scholarships to 125 students from across the country, all of whom will attend the April gala and showcase their work. According to the fund, this was a record year for applicants, as 52 percent are Black, Indigenous and people of color. The fund provides students with scholarships, mentorships, and internships at companies like Skims, Neiman Marcus, Milk Makeup, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, and more.

“The FSF is very pleased to honor Anna and Emma for their many contributions to the industry,” said Peter Arnold, executive director of the Fashion Scholarship Fund. “Anna unswervingly supports, mentors and highlights young talent. As a businesswoman and philanthropist, Emma is opening doors for underrepresented talent. We are also very pleased that this year the FSF has received a record number of scholarship applicants, 52 percent of whom are BIPOCs, validating the FSF’s long-standing commitment to identifying the most talented college students from around the world. various origins”.

The Fashion Scholarship Fund has embarked on several other charitable initiatives this year. This fall, the nonprofit partnered with sportswear designer Eric Emanuel to launch a $500,000 scholarship and partnered with True Religion to provide a Los Angeles student from an underrepresented community with the means to pursue a career. in fashion. — LAYLA ILCHI

ONE APPLE ONE DAY: Luca Nichetto immerses himself in fashion accessories.

The furniture designer, known for his approach to a series of collaborations, has teamed up with New York-based accessories brand Angela Roi to design a tote bag crafted from apple skin.

This is the first time that the handbag brand, founded by South Korea-born Roi in 2012, has ventured into a collaboration.

“We adopt the values ​​of sustainability by taking advantage of ecological and high-quality materials. plant-based [leather] Alternatives… are the new frontier of eco-fashion that taps into our customers’ demand for items that benefit the planet,” said Roi, who has designed faux cactus leather bags in the past.

Called Malala, the bag nods to Nichetto’s functional approach to design tinged with pop references. Features four inward-facing structured pockets shaped like fast food chip boxes.

Nichetto’s desire to design a bag stemmed from her quest to apply functionality to a new product category, the bag’s eco-credentials an added value that designers can’t ignore, she said.

“Form is dictated by function…hence pockets, which help streamline and organize all the items in a woman’s bag. I did not want to approach leather goods from an aesthetic point of view, but that the functionality determines the stylistic design of the object”, said the designer.

Available in three color combinations (beige, black and dark red), the bag retails for €1,050, making its debut on Angela Roi’s e-commerce site on Tuesday.

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Angela Roi “Malala” bag designed by Luca Nichetto.

Nichetto has a history as a serial collaborator, having linked up with the Vienna-based furniture company Wittmann; Hermes; Ginori Porcelain and Houseware Mark 1735; the Swedish furniture design company Offecct, as well as the American piano manufacturing company Steinway & Sons, among others.

A new piano under this latest association is presented this week, called Gran Nichetto and inspired by the shell of Venetian gondolas. It is produced as a limited edition.

Nichetto Studio was established in 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden. Earlier this year, Nichetto left his position as art director of French fashion and furniture company La Manufacture, which he helped establish as a fully-fledged design company since assuming creative leadership in 2018. — MARTINO RACE

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