DIOR NEWS

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Tuesday it has made an offer to buy Christian Dior Couture for 6.5 billion euros, or $7.06 billion at current exchange rates, in a move that will bring the brand into the fold of its fashion and leather goods division.

In tandem, Groupe Arnault, the investment firm controlled by LVMH chairman and chief executive officer Bernard Arnault, will make an offer estimated at 12 billion euros, or $13.04 billion, for the 25.9 percent stake in Christian Dior SA that it does not currently control.

Presently, the Christian Dior Group includes Christian Dior Couture and LVMH. Christian Dior Couture encompasses the brand’s apparel, accessory and jewelry businesses, while the perfume and cosmetics lines are exercised under the umbrella of LVMH.

The move by LVMH and Groupe Arnault will simplify the structure of the luxury behemoth, home to brands including Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Guerlain, Sephora and Moët & Chandon champagne. Continue reading

KARL AND JOHN B

Karl Lagerfeld one of the world’s most famous, prolific and admired designers receive the 2017 John B. The recognition for Lagerfeld comes as the multitasking designer readies Chanel’s cruise collection for a Paris runway on May 3 and amidst an illustrious career that has spanned more than 60 years.

The German designer is most closely associated with Chanel, where he has been its couturier since 1983. He is also the creative force behind the furs and ready-to-wear at Fendi, which he has designed since 1965, and his signature fashion house, now best known for handbags in the burgeoning affordable luxury segment.

He is also an accomplished photographer, shooting ad campaigns for the Chanel, Fendi and Karl brands, plus a diverse roster of outside clients. He also does editorial shoots for many fashion magazines and has recently taken on a host of interior design projects, including condominium lobbies and hotels. Continue reading

FTC INFLUENCES CELBRITIES

After reviewing Instagram posts by celebrities, athletes and other influencers, the Federal Trade Commission has sent out 90 letters to various influencers and marketers reminding them to clearly disclose their relationships to brands when promoting products on social media.

The FTC is taking a harder look at how media companies are working with influencers amid the rise of paid or branded content. In the past, influencers, such as the Kardashian sisters, have been called out for not labeling promoted products.

The FTC has sent to the 90 influencers and marketers its guides, which the agency hopes will serve as a tool. Still there is no set way to label paid posts, which some have argued is part of a larger problem.

THE EMPEROR OF LUXURY HONORED

This week, France’s Emperor of Luxury, François Pinault, received France’s high distinction, the “Dignité de Grand Croix” in the “Légion d’Honneur”.

Last November the Italian government honored Pinault for his support for Italian luxury brands and his contribution to modern art, namely through his Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana in Venice.

Pinault founded the luxury conglomerate Kering, whose portfolio includes Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga. The company is now managed by his son François-Henri Pinault.

The “Legion d’Honneur”, or Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur, is the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits, established in 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte. Continue reading

OZ FRENCH GROUP

Magi is already closely linked to Kookaï, since it produces part of the fashion retailer’s range in its factories in Sri Lanka and Fiji, and also sells them via 38 Australian stores. Magi is seeking to go more upmarket, and also to start establishing itself in North America.

Vivarte Group is reportedly going to sell fashion retailer Kookaï to Australian group next June. Pataugas and Chevignon became official in summer 2016. Then, in January, Vivarte’s management announced the decision to put Naf Naf and André on the market too.

After the sale last December of the Compagnie Vosgienne footwear company, and once the sale of André, Naf Naf, Pataugas, Chevignon, Kookaï and Merkal will have gone through, the Vivarte group will own the retail chains La Halle, Caroll, Minelli, San Marina, Besson and CosmoParis.

LVMH ANNUAL POLISH

“In my opinion, it is at times like these, when the results are excellent, that you need to be most attentive, most vigilant and most cautious. Indeed, experience shows there is nothing worse in a successful company than self-satisfaction, and this tends to have an effect that is both numbing and demotivating, ” Arnault told on Thursday at a meeting at the Carrousel du Louvre, not so  fare from the Vuitton exposition by Koons.

At the group’s full-year results press conference at the beginning of the year, Arnault startled analysts by warning that the luxury sector could be headed for its biggest correction since the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers.

Arnault sidestepped a question about his relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, both of whom he has met in recent months, but said demand was picking up in both countries. Continue reading

OH MY GOGH

Louis Vuitton unveils a new collection of bags and accessories designed with the artist In recent years, Louis Vuitton has affirmed its engagement with the world of art through a series of high-profile collaborations with the most influential artists of our times.

In the French House’s latest collaboration, Louis Vuitton is working with the New York-based artist Jeff Koons to create a new range of bags and accessories to be launched on 28th April.

One of the most widely recognised figures in contemporary art, Koons has brought imagery from his long-standing ‘Gazing Ball’ paintings a series of large-scale hand-painted reproductions of works by the Old Masters to a range of Louis Vuitton products. His re-creations of masterpieces by da Vinci, Titian, Rubens, Fragonard and Van Gogh have been transposed on to such iconic Louis Vuitton bags as the Speedy, the Keepall and the Neverfull. Continue reading

RIHANNA RE-INVENTS CHOPARD

The inspiring new collection of Chopard is built on the singer’s island roots Rihanna, mixing nods to the lush gardens of Barbados with the electricity of Carnaval.

“Rihanna and I collaborated closely on the collections, so you can feel her unstoppable energy, strong creativity and inherent sense of design in every piece”. “With her unique style, she redefines the way people see and wear jewelry.”

A nine-piece fine jewelry capsule also codesigned by the singer, and limited to 2,000 per design, will enter Chopard boutiques internationally in June. Offering a more minimalist, graphic direction, the line will be available for pre-order in Chopard boutiques and on the brand’s web site. Continue reading

MASSIMO LEAVES PUCCI

Massimo Giorgetti leaves his role as creative director of Emilio Pucci. The designer says he is leaving the LVMH-owned fashion house to focus on the growth of his own contemporary label, MSGM.

Giorgetti, hailed as one of the most promising young designers, was appointed creative director of Emilio Pucci in March 2015, succeeding Peter Dundas.

“This experience with Emilio Pucci, one of the most representative and historic brands in fashion was an inspiring journey, which has also contributed to my professional growth. Today my brand needs more and more of my attention and all my energy. I would like to thank Laudomia Pucci, the LVMH group, Mauro Grimaldi and all of the Emilio Pucci team, for supporting me in the beautiful adventure,” says Giorgetti. Continue reading

LOUIS VUITTON ON STRIKE

Leather workers from some of Louis Vuitton’s factory in France staged a strike the first in 15 years. The employees gathered in front of their production facilities between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. local time to make a statement, one day before the brand’s annual salary negotiations were set to end.

According to a spokesman LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, less than 10 percent of the leather workers from fewer than one-third of the Vuitton ateliers countrywide took part in the demonstration.

French labor unions said the turnout stood at 30 percent of employees in Issoudun and Condé, and more than 50 percent in Asnières, according to press reports. Continue reading

ITALIAN CRUISE SHOW FOR GUCCI

The mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella is delighted that Gucci will held its next brand’s cruise show at the Palatina Gallery at Pitti Palace, which overlooks the garden recently restored, Boboli Gardens and said: “We are amazed at his ability to surprise, he’s broken out of predefined schemes, imposing his own and then breaking them himself. And this while also bringing economic success to Gucci.”

Gucci’s creative director has effectively decided to stage the brand’s cruise show in Florence on May 29 and the event is expected to raise the city’s glamour quotient and bring it additional international attention. Continue reading

MASSIMO PIOMBINI AT BALMAIN

Balmain has just appointed Massimo Piombini as General Manager of Balmain to accelerate the development of the company to become the new leader of the luxe in the world.

Massimo was already a member of the Board and before that sale manager of Valentino which, like Balmain belongs to a Qatar pension fund. Along with the financial support of Qatar, Balmain ,which only have 8 boutiques in its own name, expects to have the same development as Valentino thanks to its expansion in Middle East and in the United States.

The new offices of the brand team is located in Paris downtown who will soon welcome an exhibition room. We want to rethink the luxe states Olivier. We would like more Denims, more swim suits and relaxing clothes. Continue reading

TOLENADO LEFT PUIG

At the head of the Puig Group, hundred pourcent of the management is made of women. The group has just announced the departure of Ralph Toledano from his position as president of the fashion division, as well as the presidency of both Nina Ricci and Jean Paul Gaultier. The only mandate Mr Ralph Toledano will unfortunately keep is the presidency of the Chambre Syndicale, French fashion’s governing body.

Ralph Toledano explained that he left because he had done what had to be done in terms of putting Jean-Paul Gaultier on right track and having introduced all the ingredients for success at Nina Ricci, as Guillaume Henry showed in his latest show this month,”

Toledano is recognized as a brilliant talent spotter. In the late Nineties, he discovered and hired Alber Elbaz at Guy Laroche and most recently he also hired Guillaume Henry for Nina Ricci and Julien Dossena at Paco Rabanne. Continue reading

NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF AZZARO

Azzaro is happy to announce the appointment of the French designer Maxime Simoëns as its Artistic Director. He will be in charge of the couture collections, ready-to-wear lines and men’s and women’s accessories, and will take up his new position with immediate effect.

As head of the Ateliers of the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Maxime Simoëns will offer his own contemporary interpretation of the Azzaro look. Like Loris Azzaro in his time, Maxime Simoëns sublimates female beauty with elegance, daring and glamour. He will present his very first collection for Azzaro during the Haute Couture week in Paris in July 2017.

“It’s a great honour to be able to add my own vision to Loris Azzaro’s heritage. His free anticonformist spirit, his avant-garde view of elegance and his uncompromising hedonism are great sources of inspiration for me. Continue reading

KARLOVSKI COLLECTION

Karl shared the first images of his new jewellery collection with Swarovski. The collection is divided into three groups: Ikonic, with a rock-chic aesthetic; Klassic Karl, inspired by Lagerfeld’s famous cat Choupette; and Essentials, made up of classic key pieces.

Items include personalized charms, ear jackets, pearls, chains and studs encrusted with Swarovski crystals, finished with gold plating, rose gold plating and rhodium plating.

The collection will be launched in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US this fall, with retail prices ranging from €50 to €250.

AMAZON TOKYO FASHION WEEK

At Amazon Tokyo Fashion Week, more than 50 designers presented their creations at the Autumn/Winter 2017-18 collections.

Colorful embroidery, creative batik designs and fearless facial jewelry brightened the catwalks where Asian designers presented their collections.

Traditional Indonesian batik material – which applies wax-resistant dyeing to the cloth was the highlight of designer Michelle Tjokrosaputro’s collection, where it featured in vibrant jacket and skirt combinations as well as dresses.

Thai designer Linda Charoenlab added edgy motifs to colorful tartan outfits and complemented the looks with facial jewelry that dangled from models’ ears to their mouths.

SAINT LAURENT BY VACCA HELLO

February 28th, rue de Bellechasse, Winter 2017 by Anthony Vaccarello directed by nathalie canguilhem soundtrack by sebastian. This is the new vision on St Laurent underband, or something like that. Blue, blue and blue. Coke excluded.

Yves Saint Laurent is of course one of those houses where everyone has an opinion and no two are alike. It would be impossible to ever reach a consensus on what it should, could, needs to be; everyone is a yay-sayer, or a naysayer, just depends on who you ask, that is Fashion. Continue reading