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NO FRILLS: Getting back to basics, Spanish luxury house Loewe will present its Loewe Leather Icon Collection on Monday during a cocktail party at its Paris headquarters on Rue François 1er. It’s a new permanent line of men’s and women’s leather wardrobe staples. The all-black 20-piece collection made from napa leather and sheepskin that features raw-cut edges will enter stores in July and be updated every few seasons. Prices range from $1,400 for a zipped pencil skirt to $6,000 for a trench. “It’s kind of that thing where sometimes in a collection you cover everything but the essentials….The idea is also that you can come back to the store in two years and still find the same pieces,” said the label’s creative director, Stuart Vevers, who plans to add seasonal capsule collections twice a year. A touring trunk show will allow customers to order pieces in up to 20 colors, providing a kind of bespoke service.
DRESSING UP: Twenty-two fashion designers created one-of-a-kind little black dresses using Crystallized-Swarovski Elements loose-cut crystals. Collectively called Crystallized-Ways to Say Black, the line of 22 pieces is made by houses including Alberta Ferretti, 3.1 Philip Lim, Alexis Mabille, Azzaro, Boudicca, Catherine Malandrino, Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Fendi, Gaspard Yurkievich, Gianfranco Ferré, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lanvin, Marios Schwab, Martin Grant, Missoni, Sonia Rykiel, Thakoon, Valentino and Vivienne Westwood. The collection will be unveiled during a soirée at Paris’ Hôtel Pozzo di Borgo on Wednesday. The show will open to the public on Thursday, there before traveling on to Beijing and ultimately going on the block at Phillips de Pury in New York this fall.
Hôtel Pozzo di Borgo
51 Rue de l’Université, 75007
— Natasha Montrose