MASSENET A PORTER

NatalieMassenetAfter returning from a vacation, Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet tendered her resignation from the online fashion retailer ahead of a planned merger with Italian rival Yoox. According to someone, she leaves with more than 100 million pounds ($153 million) after selling shares in Net-a-Porter. Massenet and Yoox declined to provide an immediate comment.

Yoox agreed to buy Net-a-Porter from Cie. Financiere Richemont SA in March. The all-stock deal, which is expected to close this month, will create the world’s largest online luxury-goods retailer. Massenet was to be chairman of the combined entity and Yoox founder Federico Marchetti its chief executive officer. Continue reading

SILLY FASHION STUDENT

BLONDESELLY2As key Opinion Leaders, when the times of the collections come, we ask for invitations to the shows. Unfortunately we have been receiving for the last 6 years the same formated email from “students” having an internship at LVMH. Besides those emails are full of mistakes.

We wonder why such companies employ qualified people and ask students to do their jobs. Maybe those communication Managers are not paid enough to fulfill their job and it is a way to claim for a better salary. besides those groups try to make us believe that they invest 100% of their benefits in France. In fact, the sad reality it is that they employ stagiaires to do the jobs to avoid recruiting qualified employees.

If it carries on like that, we will soon see ‘stagiaires’ replacing models, staff, General Manager and so on….. It is true that LVMH cannot really be considered Continue reading

BANDERAS IN GIANNI

GIANNIAntonio Banderas is smiling in the middle of sewing bust. On the photo posted on Instagram on August 24, the Spanish actor explained that he was beginning his second week at Central Saint Martins, the prestigious fashion school in London. He attends an intensive course during a month to better known fashion design and fashion world!

The star learns the basic of the job to prepare his next film in which he plays the role of the Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace.

The film will be on the founder of the milanese fashion house Versace killed in Miami Beach on July 15, 1997. The film is directed by Danish Director, Bille August and he will begin in March 2016.

Antonio Banderas (55 years old) announced the project during his visit in Italy last Summer The actor, who starts his carrier with Pedro Continue reading

HERMES REAL LUXURY

Hermes3French luxury goods maker Hermès posted a 20 percent rise in first-half operating income in line with expectations, helped by strong tourist demand in Japan, the United States and Europe.

The brand known for its silk scarves and Birkin bags costing several thousand euros reiterated on Friday that its operating margin for the full year would be lower than in 2014 due to currency fluctuations.

As expected, Hermès kept its medium-term goal of increasing annual sales at constant exchange rates by 8 percent.

Half-year results from other luxury companies such as LVMH and Gucci owner Kering published last month have been stronger than expected, driven in part by Asian shoppers in big European Continue reading

FENDI RESORT 2016

A FAKE IS BORN

ImpressionI think it was Coco Chanel who used to say if you’re original, be ready to be copied. It is a shame to see Sephora windows filled with Paco Rabanne perfumes which is a mix of Cartier plus Cartier! Merely a copy of Cartier’s design. I love the style. I love the story, but I hate the xerox.

Copiers go fast. Marc Ange, the copyist did “La Bergère et le Bouc” but nobody have never heard from it !!! However he knows Cartier’s know-how and design and he has only copied Cartier’s design for the new Paco Rabanne Perfume. Continue reading

CHANEL ANG PUIG !

PACORABANNEPaco Rabanne, Group Puig’s brand name is opening a new boutique in the famous historic street of Chanel ‘Rue Cambon’. Rabanne and Chanel in the same street ? !!

The opening date has not yet been released but the most realistic thinkers are forecasting early 2016, even though the goal is by the end of this year. “This project is dear to artistic director Julien Dossena. It will reflect the label’s orientation and will offer the brand’s entire range,” summed up a close source of the house. Continue reading

KRISTEN STEWART

1E62CDF6Kristen Stewart looked like a retro ’50s fashionista while filming an untitled Woody Allen project in Los Angeles. In the same time Kristen Stewart, who has appeared in campaigns for Chanel and is regularly front-row at its shows, is to appear in a film being made for the French house’s next Métiers d’Arts show, scheduled for Dec. 1 in Rome.

Sitting in the director’s chair, Karl Lagerfeld wrapped the two-day shoot at Luc Besson’s studio in Paris last month, and conceived the intriguing storyline: A fictional, behind-the-scenes look at a yet-to-be-made biopic about founder Gabrielle Chanel.

Lagerfeld said Stewart, best known for the “Twilight” series and her recent turn in Continue reading

KARLY LOYCE AT CÉLINE

CELINEAn unknown beauty being plucked from obscurity to walk designer runways is a fashion tale as old as time. But when applied to the new face of Céline’s Fall 2015 campaign, Martinique’s own Karly Loyce, it seems like a story we’ve never heard the likes of before.

The new fashionable model of Céline after Daria Werbow and Joan Didion is Karly Loyce, a young student in biology coming form La Martinique.

She was spotted by www.theinfliuencer.info and the new brand creative director at her first catwalk. La Martiniquaise who will represent the brand during the Fall/Winter 2015 campaign is photographed by Juergen Teller. Continue reading

DONNA KARAN

DONNA KARANDonna Karan (born October 2, 1948), also known under the alias “DK”, is an American fashion designer and the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels.
Karan was born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York City. She graduated from Hewlett High School in 1966, and then went to the Parsons School of Design. Continue reading

LITTLE LAMB McCARTNEY

stellamccartneyPeople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) publihed a four-minute video which filmed sheep being mistreated by its workers in the Ovis 21 farm network.

Ovis 21 is an Argentinian wool farm, internationally known for providing merino wool used in Patagoni’s base lawyers and insulation.

Following the release, the British designer Stella McCartney, who used to source wool from this company, announced that her brand will cease to use the fiber from this supplier and wrote: “I am very saddened to report that we have had to cease sourcing some of our sustainable wool from Ovis 21 in Patagonia”. Continue reading

CHINA & LUXURY THE END OF A LOVE STORY

LUXECHINOISChinese tourists have been spending record amounts on luxury goods this year, VAT-refund company Global Blue said in a report published in April. For European destinations, the weak euro has been a big draw.

More than 100 million Chinese travel abroad every year, buying more luxury goods than any other nation. Shopping for the perfumes and designer clothes that can cost them twice as much at home is a major travel incentive.

However China has just devalued its currency by 2 percent after a run of poor economic data – a move some economists think Continue reading

FRANCK SORBIER ‘THE DREAMER’

dreamerFranck Sorbier’s fashion shows are always a exceptional and magic moment. In 2013, the poet, Franck Sorbier, has choosen to reinterpret the tale of “Peau d’Ane”. There is some Magic in the Telling … “Discovering the Dreamer of Franck Sorbier”.

Haute Couture is a land that imagination forgot. Many will speak of it as legend or as fantasy or even as mythology. And that is perfectly fine. We have no objection. However, Haute Couture is a real fact of life.

And, as you cross the Bridge of Belief, as you imagine yourself lifting out of the logic and out of the reason of the consensus reality, moving beyond time and space and beyond time-space, you can find that that land is and has been forgotten by the imagination. Continue reading

POIRET ONE WAY TICKET FROM THE EDGE

PPOIRETSHINSEGAE International has just acquired the French house of Haute Couture of the couturier Paul Poiret which has been inactive for 80 years. The brand was sold by Luvanis SA, run by Arnaud de Lummen, who had the project to launch a revival plan.

SHINSEGAE International has two main business areas. The International Division imports premium foreign brands and distributes them throughout our department store network. The Domestic Division plans, manufactures and distributes our own fashion brands such as VOV, G-Cut and Tomboy. Continue reading

HOW FASHION IS SHAPPING THE UK ECONOMY

LONDONLondon which was known as the “little sister” of the big four fashion capitals is now seen as one of the most creating capital as well as nurturing sucessful global fashion brand such as Anya Hindmarch, Burberry Prorsum, Hunter Original, Paul Smith, Pringle of Scotland, and Topshop Unique showed alongside future global starlets such as Simone Rocha, Mary Katrantzou, Holly Fulton, Peter Pilotto and Gareth Pugh in a range of venues across the capital. Continue reading

STRUGGLE FOR LIFE IN GERMANY

KARLNews from the luxury sector in Germany haven’t been very glamorous lately. To the joy of international companies such as Hermès and LVMH, the rich and famous are usually not discouraged by economic downturns, so why are some German companies having such a hard time?
Next to internal disputes and challenges, German designer brands seem to be having major difficulties keeping up with the fast-evolving nature of their industry.

Womenswear group Escada has had, for example, a good run after it welcomed new investor Megha Mittal, but the company has faced severe issues on an executive level. Its latest CEO Glenn McMahon stepped down in July after seven months of tenure, following the resignation of Continue reading

NINE ELEVEN PARIS

Mini3For its first women and men fashion collection, Disneyland Paris has chosen the brand “Eleven Paris”.

The amusement park will launch its capsule collection which has revisited the clothes of Disney characters ranging from sleeping beauty, Minnie’s headband to the 101 Dalmatiens.

The collection will be exclusively sold at prices starting at €39.99 in the boutiques of Disneyland hotel and Disney Fashion in Disney Village from 1st September.

SPORTSWEAR THE FUTURE OF FASHION

luxesportwearThe reality is that people still love well-made clothing, but, ideally, clothing they can actually live in. A recent article on Business of Fashion reflects on this phenomenon, citing an increasing fondness for so-called “streetwear” brands as evidence. But in finding the term “streetwear” demeaning and inadequate for labels like Public School and Hood by Air, the fashion editor of the Influencer, Julia, hails it as “luxury sportswear.” Continue reading