Style Scoop: Chanel and The Met Gala Conflict, Alexander Wang Pops Up At Bergdorf’s, The Apple Watch Will Ship in April


Say it isn’t so—two of the most formidable fashion powers that be are involved in a significant scheduling conflict. Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld are each planning mega fashion events on opposite sides of the world on the same day: The Costume Institute gala in New York and Chanel’s cruise show in Seoul. With Dior’s cruise show taking place May 9 in Los Angeles and Chanel’s desire to take its show to Korean clients, the French house only had a few dates to choose from. “Chanel is very much dedicated to supporting the Anna Wintour Costume Institute Benefit this year as we always have,” the house commented. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Alexander Wang is taking over two of Bergdorf Goodman’s store windows to feature his sneaker-inspired spring collection. The designer will install an elaborate sneaker-themed pop-up on the contemporary floor 5F. Additionally when the pop-up opens on January 29 (and will be open through March), a projection of Wang’s barcode logo will be cast over the store’s Fifth Avenue façade. [Women’s Wear Daily]

The Apple is about to take a bite our of wearable tech. On Tuesday afternoon, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company will start shipping Apple Watch in April. He added that the Apple team continues to work on the last stages of perfecting the apps and software that was designed specifically for the device. [Fashionista]

The New School will hold its 67th Annual Parsons School of Design Benefit on May 19, honoring designer Marc Jacobs and global luxury company LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Parsons will honor the company for its 25 years of collaboration with the school as well as its philanthropy, celebration of craft, and scholarship and support of innovation. Jacobs, a Parsons alum, will be recognized for his vision and singular aesthetic. [Glam Inbox]

Selfridges is taking cues from the runways by blurring gender lines in-store. Starting March 12, the store will launch its Agender project as “a fashion exploration of the masculine, the feminine and the interplay found in between.” The goal is to “take…customers on a journey where they can choose to shop and dress without limitations or stereotypes.” The project will span the ground, first, and second floors of Selfridges’ on Oxford Street, as well as stores in Manchester and Birmingham as well as online. The retailer will eliminate male and female mannequins and instead dress the store in a non gender-specific way using photography, film, music, and design pieces. [Women's Wear Daily]