Kering Honors Davis, Etro’s Suite, Cohen Attempts Retail – WWD

TRIBUTE DAVIS: Actress, producer and activist Viola Davis is ready to add a new bell to her superlative track record: Kering’s Women in Motion Award.

The luxury group named Davis as this year’s winner ahead of the Cannes Film Festival, where she will be presented with the award on May 22 during a dinner co-chaired by Kering chairman François-Henri Pinault and festival executives Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frambux.

Davis, who holds the “triple acting crown” as a winner of two Tony Awards, an Oscar and an Emmy, has been calling for greater inclusion in the film industry, gender equality and combating the effects of poverty.

When she received an Emmy Award for her lead role in “How to Get Away With Murder,” which she was the first African American to win, she noted that “the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is the opportunity to … an Emmy for roles that just don’t exist.”

After being named spokesperson for L’Oréal’s Age Perfect campaign, she told WWD that seeing Cicely Tyson on screen as a child “made me believe that I could dream, that I could be somebody” and that giving “this gift to another colored girl – for any girl, of course, but for any colored girl, absolutely” was part of her legacy.

Currently on screen as Michelle Obama on the Showtime series “The First Lady,” she has also released a memoir called “Finding Me,” which she wrote during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Past recipients of Kering’s Women in Motion Award, which honors female filmmakers each year, include Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon, Gong Li and Salma Hayek.

Since its inception at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the Women in Motion program has highlighted women’s contribution to culture and the arts, spanning film and photography as well as literature, animation and design. Since then, it has supported 13 creatives through grants granted to young film and photography talents. — LILY TEMPLETON

EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING: The luxurious five-star Punta Tragara Hotel on the picturesque island of Capri will welcome the Pegaso Etro suite – fully furnished by Italian fashion and interiors brand Etro Home Interiors, and is now available for booking.

Perched on the island’s rocks overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the Punta Tragara Hotel was designed by renowned Swiss architect Le Corbusier.

This is not the first time that Etro has worked with the hotel industry. In September 2020, the Italian luxury brand customized the garden at the Four Seasons in Milan. In 2019, it partnered with Bice, one of Milan’s most famous restaurants, customizing the entire venue with the brand’s textile collection for a week, and that same year, Etro decorated the Nammos Beach Club in Mykonos.

The terrace of the Etro Pegaso Suite at the Hotel Punta Tragara in Capri.
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The terrace of the Pegaso Etro Suite at the Hotel Punta Tragara is located on one of the upper floors of the building, overlooking the Faraglioni of Capri, Marina Piccola and the silhouette of the Amalfi Coast. The bedroom is fully furnished in Etro paisley motifs and is dominated by the fashion house’s Bombay Bed, whose headboard is adorned with studs, and the Tree of Life wallpaper.

The Etro Pegaso Suite at the Hotel Punta Tragara, Capri

The Etro Pegaso Suite at the Punta Tragara Hotel in Capri.
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The opulence of the bed is juxtaposed to the drawer of the Kolkata line and the bar cabinet in neutral tones, upholstered in the Deosai design.

Two gray-toned Amina armchairs and the Jaipur sofa, a handmade bamboo and wool rug with Etro’s floral pattern and Chagall and Kyoto lamps complete the ambience. Materials used include charcoal wood, brushed bronze and Irish green marble in pastel tones.

The Etro Pegaso Suite at the Hotel Punta Tragara, Capri

The Etro Pegaso Suite at the Punta Tragara Hotel in Capri.
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Even the terrace was taken over by Etro, with a patio that includes two sofas with the brand’s paisley motifs in gray and burgundy and lounge chairs. — ALICE MONORCHIO

RETAIL JUMP: Jonathan Cohen is testing life as a retailer, opening his eponymous brand’s first standalone pop-up store at 833 Madison Ave. The 1,700-square-foot, two-story store offers pieces from the Spring/Summer collection, first delivery of the Fall/Winter 2022 collection and exclusive, exclusive pieces from The Studio, including the return of men’s shirts.

Additionally, a variety of brand-friends merchandise is being featured in-store and available for purchase, including Aera shoes, Aromas of The Cote D’Azur LDS candles, Seven Cedars homeware, a selection of Dempsey & Carroll stationery. , as well as a variety of Assouline books.

The store, which is open seven days a week, will remain open until June 14.

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A view of Jonathan Cohen’s two-level popup.
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The store’s interior features furniture by Sabai Furniture and Fernando Mastrangelo, whose side tables and single chair are juxtaposed with a mirror by Studio Djivan Schapria Lahar. A Flux de Tulipes dining table anchors the space, while six collaborative artworks with the artist adorn the walls.

Cohen, who grew up in San Diego, launched his eponymous brand in 2011 with his co-founder and CEO Sarah Leff, whom he met at the Parsons School of Design. Cohen is known for his use of prints and textures, with sustainability running through all the elements. In 2018, he was runner-up of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

The pivot of Cohen’s pandemic involved the launch of Our Flower Shop, offering digital floral arrangements with their own hand-drawn bouquets that could be shipped virtually. He also introduced The Studio, an evolution of the Jonathan Cohen brand, expanding design offerings through recycled products. Using fabric scraps from past collections, Cohen creates unique new styles of ready-to-wear and accessories. — LISA LOCKWOOD

ART TRUNKS: French luxury swimwear brand Vilebrequin and Swiss contemporary art publisher JRP Editions are pooling their resources for a collection of museum-ready swimwear.

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Pieces from the Vilebrequin x JRP Editions collection by artist Kenny Scharf.
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“Bringing art to the beach has always been the dream,” said Roland Herlory, CEO of Vilebrequin, which is part of the G-III Apparel Group. “This long-term collaboration with JRP Editions will take our art to new places in the coming seasons.”

This includes the original Saint-Tropez trunk, men’s and women’s bathing suits, tops and accessories such as bags, hats, beach towels and even custom-printed ping pong sets. There are 25 pieces in total, which come in various shades such as purple hot rod flames, rainbow-colored happy faces, sea turtles, graffiti-like paint splatters, and shades of sky blue, while exploring themes and topics such as elitism, feminism, fetishized luxury, randomness, gender identity, and artists of color.

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Pieces from the Vilebrequin x JRP Editions collection by artist John Armleder.
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“Our swimsuit fabrics are entirely new ground for artists,” explained Herlory. “We don’t consider what we do to be art; we are more focused on reproducing the artists’ work as closely as possible to the original in the most honest and respectful way. With the know-how of the Vilebrequin studio and ateliers, we are able to provide printing techniques that reproduce the unique color and contrast of an original work of art as faithfully as possible.”

John Armleder, one of the artists featured in the collaboration, added: “There is no essential difference between a painting, an engraving, or a bathing suit. What fundamentally changes here is the context and the modes of distribution of the object. Forms and compositions can thus migrate freely from one support to another.”

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Pieces from the Vilebrequin x JRP Editions collection by artist John Armleder.
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Additional artists include Kenny Scharf, Sylvie Fleury and Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas, also known professionally as “Deux Femmes Noires”. The collaboration was organized in partnership with JRP Editions founder Lionel Bovier, who also serves as director of MAMCO, a contemporary art museum in Geneva, and Arnaud Hubert, executive director of JRP Editions.

“We wanted to select a collection that would allow us to explore as many voices and designs as possible,” said Bovier. “This has meant bringing together artists with radically different approaches, but who share an interest in how their work can migrate from canvas or walls to textiles. They are united by a common thread: the power of his work, the clarity of his artistic language and the integrity with which Vilebrequin treated his projects.”

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Pieces from the Vilebrequin x JRP Editions collection by artist Kenny Scharf.
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The limited-edition collection launched on May 3, just in time for hot weather and summer travel, at vilebrequin.com and JRP-editions.com, as well as selected Vilebrequin global stores. The collection, though now as the world reopens, was really conceptualized during the pandemic when people were still dreaming of faraway travel. A second release, artist Kenny Scharf’s “Faces in Places” print, will launch on June 21, followed by a second capsule later this year and a third in early 2023. Sizes range from XS to 3XL on men. and XS to XL in women, with prices ranging from $105 to $315.

Vilebrequin was founded by Fred Prysquel in Saint-Tropez in 1971 as a men’s swimwear company. In 2012, the G-lll Apparel Group purchased the brand. The following year, women’s swimwear was added to the mix. — KELLIE ELL

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