Style Notes: Gucci Launches DIY Service; Serena and Venus Williams' Dance Battle
Kick off Memorial Day weekend with these style stories.
Gucci Does DIY [Pret-a-Reporter inbox]
You now can personalize the Gucci Dionysus bag, thanks to the Italian fashion house's new DIY service. Customers will be able to choose a variety of colors and leathers that can be customized with an assortment of embroideries, trims, hardware and monogrammed initials. According to a release, the initiative was inspired by creative director Alessandro Michele's philosophy that "the way you dress is how you feel and that men and women should feel authentic and free in the expression of themselves." The service already has launched at Gucci's Milan flagship and will expand globally at the label's other boutiques in major cities.
Inside the Williams Invitational [Vogue]
Serena and Venus Williams recently took Vogue inside their annual private sports tournament called the Williams Invitational, which involves a game of tennis, ping-pong, dodgeball and, best of all, a dance competition. It looked like quite the production, as Serena showed off her aerial moves and Venus did a solo Pink Panther number. Looks like the Williams sisters now can add Broadway-ready dancers to their list of talents.
Alberta Ferretti Is Presenting at Paris Couture Week [Vogue U.K.]
Alberta Ferretti will present her Limited Edition line for the first time at Paris Couture Week. The collection, which previously has been in "salon-style presentations," will make its runway debut on July 3. "The collection reflects my desire to create ever more exclusive, detailed designs, to meet the needs of my most discerning customers," said Ferretti.
Claire's Sales Continue to Drop [Racked]
Claire's, the go-to accessory mall store of yore, continues to drop in sales year over year. In the first quarter of 2014, the jewelry company's sales brought in $353 million; in 2014, that dropped to $320 million; and this year, it came in at $299.6 million. Claire's isn't the only mall chain to face financial woes; PacSun and Aeropostale are among the teen retailers that have filed for bankruptcy recently.