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


STREET HITS: The upcoming book “Have I Met You Before? London Street Style From Fashion Week 2001-2018” provides a history of how onlookers have dressed over the past two decades through the lens of the London-based Japanese photographer Kumi Saito, who died in December 2020 of cancer.

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

Published Nov. 23, the book 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, along with commentary. journalists with whom Saito worked during this period.

Rebecca Lowthorpe photographed by Kumi Saito during the Spring 2005 runway season.


The book was named after the most common phrase Saito heard from audience members when she captured them outside of the show grounds. This served as an effective icebreaker for her and her subjects.

Wakatski said she spearheaded this project because Saito had been one of her best friends and collaborators for over 25 years.

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

Considered the guardian of all British fashion brands wishing to appear in Japanese media before the digital age, Wakatski has spent the last 30 years covering shows and she remembers almost every one of them vividly.

“So when I sorted through the tens of thousands of photos this time around, the shows that took place at the venue came alive with the people who appeared there. This book is a record of memories not only for Saito, but also for the journalists she partnered with as well as the fashion professionals who appear in the book, and even people who watched the shows at the time,” she said.

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

Born in Yamagata, a city in northern Japan, Saito studied photography at Kuwasawa Design School in Tokyo while working as an assistant for Minsei Tominaga and Studio Ebis. She moved to London in 1994 and began contributing to 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 its experience in fashion, beauty, toys and collectibles. At Mattel, based in El Segundo, Calif., he leads a portfolio of brands overseeing innovation, strategy, design and development.

Under his leadership, the company launched Mattel Playbook, a brand building approach that was instrumental in the growth of Barbie and Hot Wheels.

Richard Dickson

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


He also has launches Mattel Creations, a new division to develop limited-edition co-branded products and capsule collections 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 the 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 seek to strengthen Gap Inc’s purpose-driven portfolio and bring back our brands to steady and sustainable growth,” Bobby Martin, executive interim chief executive and executive chairman of Gap Inc., said in a statement.

“I am excited to play a part in writing the next chapter for Gap Inc. as a member of its Board of Directors and to play a part in unlocking the enormous potential of their portfolio of iconic brands,” Dickson added.

Gap Inc. has navigated troubled waters in recent months, with the departure of CEO Sonia Syngal, the collapse of its Yeezy Gap strategy and the loss of 500 jobs at its 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 preparing for its next gala which will celebrate two winners.

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

Emma Grede

Emma Grede


According to the fund, it honors Wintour for “his longstanding commitment to supporting and nurturing the next generation of fashion talent” and Grede for “his advocacy of diversity and inclusive representation in the industry and his work with The Fifteen Percent Pledge. ”

The gala coincides with the Fashion Scholarship Fund awarding more than $1 million in scholarships to 125 students across the country, all of whom will attend the April gala and have their work showcased. According to the fund, it was a banner year for applicants, as 52% are Black, Indigenous and People of Color. The fund provides students with scholarships, mentorships and internships at companies such as Skims, Neiman Marcus, Milk Makeup, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and more.

“The FSF is delighted to honor Anna and Emma for their many contributions to the industry,” said Peter Arnold, Executive Director of the Fashion Scholarship Fund. “Anna tirelessly supports, mentors and highlights young talent. As an entrepreneur and philanthropist, Emma opens doors to underrepresented talent. We are also very pleased that the FSF received a record number of scholarship applicants this year, 52% of whom are BIPOCs, confirming the FSF’s long-standing commitment to identifying the most talented students from diverse backgrounds. horizons. »

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

AN APPLE A DAY: Luca Nichetto dips her toes into fashion accessories.

The furniture designer, known for his serial approach to collaborations, has teamed up with New York accessories brand Angela Roi to design an apple leather tote bag.

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

“We embrace sustainability values ​​by leveraging high-quality, eco-friendly materials. herbal [leather] alternatives… are the new frontier of green fashion that meets our customers’ demand for items that benefit the planet,” said Roi, who has designed faux leather cactus handbags in the past.

Called Malala, the bag nods to Nichetto’s functional approach for a design tinged with pop references. It features four structured inward-facing pockets in the shape of fast food fries boxes.

Nichetto’s desire to design a bag stems from his quest to apply functionality to a new category of products, with the bag’s eco credentials being an added value that designers cannot ignore, he said.

“Form follows function…hence the pockets, which help streamline and organize all the items in a woman’s bag. I didn’t want to approach leather goods from an aesthetic point of view, but rather that functionality determines the stylistic scheme of the object”, explains the designer.

Available in three colorways – beige, black and dark red – the bag retails for 1,050 euros, debuting Tuesday on Angela Roi’s e-commerce site.

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Angela Roi “Malala” handbag designed by Luca Nichetto.

Nichetto has a proven track record as a serial collaborator, having forged ties with Vienna-based furniture company Wittmann; Hermes; the housewares and porcelain brand Ginori 1735; Swedish furniture design company Offecct, as well as American piano manufacturing company Steinway & Sons, among others.

A new piano under this latest partnership bows out this week, called Gran Nichetto and inspired by the hulls of Venetian gondolas. It is produced in a limited edition.

Nichetto Studio was established in 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden. Earlier this year, Nichetto quit his job as artistic director of French furniture and fashion company La Manufacture, which he helped establish as a full-fledged design firm since taking over the role. head of creation in 2018. — MARTINO CARRERA


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