Vera Wang to receive the Legion d'Honneur
Vera Wang is to be awarded with France’s Legion d'Honneur.
The fashion icon has a busy start to 2017 lined up already; she’s abandoning New York Fashion Week in favour of unveiling her fall collection in a short film to be released on 28 February (16).
On the same day, Wang will be presented with the Chevalier of France’s National Order of the Legion of Honour, the country’s highest recognition.
France’s ambassador to the United States, Gerard Araud, who is also a close friend of the designer, will present her with the accolade during a luncheon held in her name. Previous recipients of this honour include Alber Elbaz, Paul Smith and France's own Sonia Rykiel, who passed away in August (16).
The date of the event, and her short film release, coincides with the beginning of Paris Fashion Week; a decision that wasn’t accidental. As well as debuting her new range, the movie will give Wang the chance to share her gratitude to France for being given the special award.
“It will be a bit of an ode to Paris,” she said, according to WWD.
She’s yet to finalise plans for the project and still needs to find a director, hinting that she’s considering hiring Gordon von Steiner, who has helped with her bridal ventures.
Wang, 67, is also pondering what the centre of the film should be, as she added: “The biggest issue: Do I let the geography be the focus of the collection, do I base it on Paris, the history, or do I let it be my own imagination — my next collection but with a French accent?
“Those things are influencing me on that choice of director and art director. Probably, I would call myself the art director. Because it is really my story.”