Off-White c/o Church, Emporio Goes North, Saint Laurent and Film – WWD


WEATHER STRIKE: The second Off-White c/o Church capsule collection has arrived.

The second iteration of the genderless capsule collection featuring Church’s Consul Meteor shoe marries the progressive ethos at the heart of the late Virgil Abloh’s “Question Everything” philosophy, with the craftsmanship tradition and stylistic history of Church’s, the brand British shoe company founded in 1873 which is now owned by Prada.

The capsule is reminiscent of another iconic model from the British brand: The Consul. For this style, classic Off-White “Meteor” detailing is central to the design, incorporating circular holes throughout the body of the shoe.

The Abloh-imagined “Meteor Shower” premise, with its signature circular cutouts, is reminiscent of both Swiss cheese holes and meteor shower craters. The shoe, according to a joint statement from the brand, is being reinvented in more luxurious materials and bulky shapes.

Made on 173, the shoe dates back to 1945 and was named after the English ambassadors and politicians who wore it and quickly became a distinctive symbol of Britain’s high aristocracy of the time.

The Oxford model is made of finely brushed and polished black calfskin. It features large holes in the upper and is finished with an Off-White hang tag and laces which, in keeping with Off-White’s style, are labeled ‘laces’. Consul Meteor shoes for men and women retail for $1,590 on Off-White’s website and $1,650 on Church’s website.

The shoe is on sale at Off-White stores and website, Church’s stores and, from Tuesday. —LISA LOCKWOOD

TO THE NORTH : Emporio Armani will open its first stand-alone Canadian store today at Yorkdale Shopping Center in Toronto.

Spanning 4,198 square feet, the store was designed by Giorgio Armani with his team of architects. Materials used throughout the store include hardwoods and fine-textured wallcoverings that are paired with neutral gray ceramic flooring. The ceiling is clad in wood, and wood panels extend up the walls and alternate with sections covered in wallpaper that act as backdrops for product displays.

The choice of natural materials in light tones ranging from gray to almond gives the space a feeling of lightness and airiness.

The store offers women’s and men’s lines, including Emporio Armani ready-to-wear, accessories and small leather goods, as well as Emporio Armani watches, jewelry and sunglasses.

A fall 2022 advertising image from Emporio Armani.

Last year, Armani celebrated the 40th anniversary of Emporio Armani, a brand that has gone through several iterations but remains key to the designer’s business strategy. There are now more than 250 Emporio Armani stores worldwide.

In Canada, Emporio Armani is worn at Holt Renfrew, Harry Rosen and Hudson Bay.

In a WWD interview in September, Armani described Emporio Armani as follows: “The brand has evolved a lot, finding a wider design offer and a wider audience. Emporio Armani is today extremely varied, in keeping with the changing times.

“Today’s youth is not a question of age, but rather a feeling, a way of being,” he continued. “Thus, Emporio continues to be a brand of containers, in which everyone can find something. The spirit is free, metropolitan and dynamic. —LISA LOCKWOOD

CULTURAL CLUB: Continuing to flex its cultural muscles, Saint Laurent has announced that it will produce a 30-minute English-language film by Spanish author Pedro Almodóvar.

It’s a Western starring Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal and filming is due to begin in August, with a slated release at a yet-to-be-determined film festival in 2023.

Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodóvar
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All the characters will be costumed with Saint Laurent clothing and accessories designed by its artistic director Anthony Vaccarello.

Vaccarello made bespoke films a key feature of his tenure, with Saint Laurent producing the films in addition to keeping them. They are part of his Self project launched in 2018 and are meant to be an artistic commentary seen through the lens of Saint Laurent.

Previous iterations have included films and photographs by author Bret Easton Ellis, performance artist Vanessa Beecroft, photographer Daido Moriyama, director Gaspar Noé, as well as a chapter curated by Hong Kong’s Wong Kar-Wai and directed by Wing Shya. Noah’s film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019.

Vaccarello has strengthened the ties between Saint Laurent and different creative fields, including photography, art and design, by commissioning exclusive works linked to the brand’s values ​​such as self-expression, while giving each artist freedom Creation.

According to IndieWire, which like WWD is owned by Penske Media Corp., Almodovár’s “Strange Way of Life” follows a pair of middle-aged gunmen, with much of the action taking place in the desert region of the Spanish region of Almería, where Sergio Leone filmed “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. — MILES SOCHA


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