Drake, Lenny Kravitz to help UNICEF, Virgil scholarship, Armani on the Slopes – WWD

POWER DUO: How can you top a Jennifer Lopez live performance? He managed to line up a power duo like Drake and Lenny Kravitz.

The two artists will be special guests and will perform at Emeraude St. on December 29. They will perform at the winter edition of LuisaViaRoma for the UNICEF charity gala to be held in Barth.

It’s the winter counterpart to the retailer’s annual summer event in Capri to raise funds to support UNICEF projects around the world. For example, this year’s edition raised almost 8 million euros to donate to the organization and was the biggest in terms of expectations and participation. The soiree featured a special performance by Lopez and was attended by nearly 900 guests, including Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Casey Affleck, Jared Leto, Spike Lee, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Park, Haim and Ansel Elgort, among others.

Now it’s Drake and Kravitz’s turn to create the same buzz. Their presence appears not only to attract celebrities to the gala, but also to keep the event in the social media spotlight, taking cues from past performers such as John Legend and Katy Perry, British electronic music group Clean Bandit and an Italian tenor. Andrea Bocelli, as well as Rita Ora, Ricky Martin and Ellie Goulding, to name a few.

In particular, the announcement of Drake and Kravitz’s participation builds on a major milestone for both artists. Drake and 21 Savage released their new collaborative album Her Loss last week, and Kravitz was honored with the CFDA’s Fashion Icon Award on Monday night.

Lenny Kravitz

For the UNICEF winter event, in its second iteration, LuisaViaRoma will repeat the formula of the format combining musical performances with a cocktail reception, sit-down dinner and a live auction of exclusive luxury items, artworks and luxury experiences by Simon de Pury.

Last year’s winter edition was also staged in St. Barts and featured headliners Dylan Penn, Isabelle Goulart, Frida Aasen, Nina Agdal, Daniel Arsham, Bob Sinclar and Kygo, along with guest appearances by Dua Lipa. More than 4 million euros were collected at the event.

“I am honored to announce the second edition of this gala, continuing our efforts to raise funds to support children in need around the world. Our commitment and perseverance have shown that our unity is strong and we can achieve amazing results. We have been collaborating and working as a family for five years now, united by the same desire and goal,” said Luisa Panconesi, president of the LuisaViaRoma event committee.

“We are very grateful to everyone involved in making this event possible,” said Paolo Rosera, Executive Director of UNICEF Italia. “Thank you to each of our guests, partners and donors for coming to make a difference for every child in the world. This incredibly special gala raises funds for UNICEF’s life-saving work, which will help protect the rights, education and protection of children everywhere.”

Mohammed Al Turki, CEO of Red Sea Film Fund, founding partner of the event, and Tommaso Chiabra, fundraising chair of UNICEF Italia, also emphasized that the event has had a “concrete impact on the lives of thousands of children” in its six installations so far. – SANDRA SALIBIAN

ABLOH Respect: The Royal College of Art on Monday launched the RCA Virgil Abloh Fellowship, named after the late designer, who was a visiting professor at the London institution.

Virgil Abloh

Virgil Abloh

Courtesy of the Royal College of Art

The scholarship will be offered to a talented, but financially constrained, Black English student on any program at the RCA’s School of Design.

This will cover full tuition fees and technical support, for a total of £35,000. The selected student will also benefit from industry experience and networking opportunities and will be supported throughout their studies by designer Samuel Ross and other creative industry partners.

RCA, a graduate school that counts David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Ridley Scott, Zandra Rhodes and Christopher Bailey among its alumni, said the initiative “recognizes Abloh’s support of education, his career-long ethos of using his expertise to create social change, and his creative position as a recognized champion of equality of opportunity across industries”.

The school said the scholarship will “help break down barriers to education and support the next generation of visionary designers and innovators.”

The Virgil Abloh Scholarship was established with the support of Shannon Abloh, wife of the late designer and CEO of Virgil Abloh Securities, and the team at the Fashion Scholarship Fund in the United States.

Abloh, who died last year, founded the Milan, Italy-based label Off-White and served as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear. He became an honorary visiting professor at the RCA in 2021.

Jony Ive, chancellor of the RCA, said: “Abloh’s creativity and generosity will continue to influence the RCA through this remarkable scholarship. I continue to be inspired by Virgil and believe that his curiosity and initiative will live on and inspire future generations of innovators.”

Zowie Broach, head of the MA Fashion program at the RCA, added: “Virgil’s energy and intent was truly something else. This amazing legacy will provide an opportunity for young Black British designers who will no doubt feel empowered and continue to inspire and create even more change.”

Ross’s Black British Artist Grant Program will also receive funding from Shannon Abloh and the team at the Fashion Scholarship Fund.

He said, “Abloh’s initiative has always been about improving others, improving society, and communicating an optimistic future with grace, radical spirit, and intellectual prowess operating diagonally across all areas of society.

“There is no doubt that this philosophy will expand and continue to change the behavior of the creative industry and physical spaces, while improving the core communities that Virgil has dedicated so much of his time to supporting,” Ross said. – TIANWEI ZHANG

GIORGIO on the slopes: Giorgio Armani is clearly into winter sports.

After announcing that Emporio Armani’s EA7 line will be the technical supplier to the Italian Winter Sports Federation, or FISI, team, its namesake company said its Giorgio Armani Neve collection will tour ski resorts across Europe this winter.

First touching down in St. Moritz on December 10, the brand will hold a runway show to present Neven’s fall 2022 collection on the square overlooking the Olympia Stadium, which hosted the Winter Olympics twice in 1928 and 1948.

Debuting in 2021, the Neve collection features mountain-ready apparel and accessories with a focus on outerwear and performance sportswear, as well as après-ski apparel.

Ski wear and high-altitude endurance clothing and equipment are expected to stand out from the 1927 building, which will be covered in mirror panels and metal detailing for the ceremony.

In tandem with the show, the Giorgio Armani boutique in Switzerland’s luxury winter destination will install a special installation characterized by vertical mirror panels reflecting the winter surroundings.

A look from the Giorgio Armani Neve Fall 2022 collection.

A look from the Giorgio Armani Neve Fall 2022 collection.

Courtesy of Giorgio Armani

St. Moritz event will be followed by an exclusive dinner. The Neve collection will then be presented in Megève, France from December 6 to March 20; Verbier, Switzerland, from December 18 to March 18 and Courchevel, France, from February 11 to April 7. — MARTINO CARRERA

Marking time: To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Louis Vuitton’s foray into watchmaking, a coffee table book titled Louis Vuitton Tambur will be published on November 25.

Written by veteran French journalist and writer Fabienne Reybaud, former watches and jewelry editor of Le Figaro, the 265-page tome captures the ideals and process that led to the launch of the Tambour GMT Automatic in 2002, as well as its excellence. La Fabrique du Temps atelier located in Switzerland.

Over 350 visual works across the book’s four chapters help connect the dots between the brand’s earliest watch designs from the early to mid-20th century, the birth of the first Tambourine, and the growing importance of its Swiss-based La Fabrique. du Temps production.

Louis Vuitton Drum

Louis Vuitton Drum

Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

The book also features key Tambour models and movements, including the Tambour Carpe Diem, which won the Audacity Award at the 2021 Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève; The Tambour Horizon bound watch and the Tambour Twenty collector’s edition released for the anniversary.

There’s even an unusual addition in the form of a collector-commissioned model based on the Tambour Minute Repeater featuring dancing skeletons in Kama Sutra-inspired poses.

Those who lend their faces, or rather their wrists, are also well represented. Although Bradley Cooper, who was presented as the first special brand ambassador for watches, is not in this book, Pharrell Williams, Sean Connery, who sat in his luggage in 2006, on a wooden pier in 2011, or the beloved David Bowie in 2013.

More unusual, a handful of collectors, cleverly called “Mr. S.” From Brazil, the owner of that custom watch, or “Mrs. C.” Those from Crans-Montana, Switzerland are also showcased through quotes and snapshots of their collection.

Louis Vuitton Tambour, published by Thames & Hudson in French and English, will be available in Louis Vuitton boutiques in libraries from November 25, ahead of a wider release in libraries. – LILY TEMPLETON

ALL ABUSE: Stephanie Shepherd, former COO of Kardashian West Brands and co-founder of online climate education platform Future Earth, has partnered with clean health brand Beekeeper’s Naturals as its first celebrity partner. The brand, which uses sustainable beekeeping, is partnering to produce $12.99 energy lozenges containing matcha and propolis, a resin-like compound produced by bees.

Stephanie Shepherd x Beekeeper's Naturals

Stephanie Shepherd x Beekeeper’s Naturals

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Beekeeper’s Naturals, which has sold more than 300,000 lozenges since its launch last year, offers natural remedies made primarily from honey and its hero ingredient, propolis. Shepherd’s commitment to health, her role as an environmental advocate, and her friendship with Carly Stein Kremer, founder of Beekeeper’s Naturals, led to this collaboration.

“I’ve been friends with Carly Stein Kremer, founder of Beekeeper’s Naturals, for many years now, and I’m always impressed by her commitment to the health and protection of the bee population. In my career, I’ve preferred to work with and highlight brands that share a more holistic approach to business, like Carly. Our values ​​align and it’s been really fun to collaborate with a friend,” Shepherd said.

“Steph’s personal passion for environmental protection reflects mine and the mission of Beekeeper’s Naturals. It was a perfect pairing to reinforce the values ​​of both of our brands with the help of a limited-edition formulation of the beekeeper’s best-selling product,” said Stein Kremer.

Matcha was a key ingredient in the formulation of this formula because it is Shepherd’s go-to for sustained energy. “I have to say, I’m extremely obsessed with matcha, so that’s one of the many reasons I’m so excited about this collaboration with Beekeeper’s Natural. I love that matcha gives me the caffeine boost I’m looking for without the caffeine rush,” explained Shepherd.

As part of the partnership, the brand is also releasing limited-edition products, including an aluminum tin for storing lozenges, a reusable cup and a Beekeeper’s Naturals x Future Earth T-shirt that reads “More Bees Less Ashes.” To reduce waste, the limited-edition clothing item will be made sustainably from pre-loved shirts.

The lozenges and additional products will be available on the brand’s website on Tuesday. – EMILY BURNS

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