RON FRASCH JOINS BURBERRY’S BOARD

Formerly president and chief merchandising office of Saks Fifth Avenue, Ron Frasch has just been invited to join the Board of Directors of Burberry.

Burberry has tapped veteran retailer and private equity partner Ron Frasch as a member of its board of directors. He will serve as a non-executive director and a member of the remuneration and nomination committee, with effect from September.

Frasch is an operating partner at the Newton, Mass.-based private equity firm Castanea Partners. His focus is on the luxury space, which includes apparel, accessories, footwear and jewelry.

Frasch is also joining Burberry as it rethinks its strategy in the U.S., where it has a mix of wholesale and retail outlets. Sales have been shrinking in the region due to a variety of factors.

BRANQUINHO QUITS FASHION

Just a few sentences to say it is the end. Véronique Branquinho, who had successfully relaunched her feminine ready-to-wear brand five years ago, announces the ending clap.

The Belgian designer created her own couture house in 1998, parading for the first time in Paris at the age of 24. Alone at the head of her company, affected by the financial crisis, she had to stop her ready-to-wear collections (woman and man) for the first time in 2009.

In 2012, she started again with the women’s line in Spring-Summer 2013 thanks to Onward Luxury Group (ex-Gibò), which had always continued to produce its line of shoes. The European subsidiary of the Japanese group Onward, a reference in Italy for the production and distribution of very high-end collections, holds Jil Sander. Continue reading

CASTA AND GARREL IN LUMIO

Louis Garrel and Lætitia Casta got married last Saturday in the village of Lumio in Corsica, where Jacques Mouclier once had his house, located a few kilometers from Calvi. The Village is hanging on the Corsican mountain facing the citadel of Calvi where it is said that Admiral Nelson would have lost his eye.

Paris Match reminds us that Lætitia Casta owns a villa in Lumio in which her grandmother worked as a housekeeper. This marriage took everyone’s attention because the two stars were present at the same time at the last Cannes Film Festival, but did not want to climb the stairs of the palace of the festivals together.

Who is Louis Garrel, Laetitia Casta’s new husband? This 39-year-old comedian is the son of film director Philippe Garrel, and regularly plays  in French independent films. He has never played in big blockbusters, but has nevertheless managed to create a solid career. Continue reading

FIRST VISION BY MALKOVICH

Première Vision Paris, Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 5:30 pm: meet at the heart of the Forum Première Vision Fabrics (Hall 6) to discover the winners of the ninth edition of the PV Awards.

The opportunity to reward the most remarkable, inventive and innovative creations and leathers selected from the exhibitors of Première Vision Fabrics and Première Vision Leather. In order to make its choice, the world’s first clothing and leatherwear trade fair meets in September each year with a prestigious jury made up of influential personalities from the international fashion scene. Continue reading

ROCHAS POP-UP STORE IN PARIS

With Paris men’s fashion week around the corner, Rochas has opened its first pop-up store dedicated to its fledgling men’s wear line under creative director Beatrice Ferrant.

Located at 420 rue Saint-Honoré, the minimalist space, with a décor mixing parquet flooring, linear black units and a black marble counter, offers a selection of picks from across the brand’s fall 2017 ready-to-wear and accessories lines. Spanning sweatshirts with craggy textures and crease-free tuxedo pant with elasticated waists. The urban-chic collection has been designed under Ferrant, who was tapped by the Inter Parfums-owned house last September to revive its men’s line after a 22-year hiatus. Continue reading

CHASTAIN MARRIED MONCLER

Jessica Chastain married Moncler Executive in Italy. The bride wore a custom-made strapless white gown which seems to be designed by Riccardo Tisci, who was present at the wedding, posting live updates on his Instagram account.

The ceremony gathered celebrities and representatives of the fashion world, including Anne Hathaway, who was wearing a violet a red Valentino gown, flanked by husband Adam Shulman; actress Emily Blunt, who sported a Peter Pilotto fall cerise dress with metallic sandals; Moncler’s chief executive officer Remo Ruffini; Giorgio Armani’s niece Roberta Armani; British Vogue editor in chief Edward Enninful, and socialite Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, who wore an Azzedine Alaïa fall 2016 two-piece look, made of a burgundy laced crop top and long skirt. Continue reading

HERMES MADE IN FRANCE

Hermès will create 220 jobs in France with the inauguration of two new production sites for leather goods in Normandy, Val-de-Reuil and New Aquitaine, in Saint-Juvien.

On June 13, the company will inaugurate a new leather goods store in Val-de-Reuil (Eure), to host workshops formerly located on a site of Hermès Parfums and which are destined to develop. Eventually, the manufacture of leather goods will make 250 craftsmen work there.

All of our leather good items are made in France, notably highlighting that “the French craft tradition from which they are derived enhances their image with an international clientele. Continue reading

FASHION QATAR AIR WAVE

Stefano Sassi, chief executive officer of Valentino, responded about the political decision of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Libya to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar: the Italian fashion group being controlled by Qatar Mayhoola for Investments.

The three Gulf countries and Egypt accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region. Qatar which shares its only land border with Saudi Arabia has rejected the accusations, calling them “unjustified” and “baseless.”

Qatari citizens have been told they have 14 days to leave Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE, and those countries also banned their own citizens from entering Qatar. Continue reading

LINDBERGH CROSSING THE ATLANTIC

Ermanno Scervino has asked the photographer Peter Lindbergh to launch the fall advertising campaign of his label. Set in Paris, the images are fronted by Italian model Mariacarla Boscono.

Flanked by male model Victor Norlander, Boscono is captured strolling on the riverfront of the Seine in the black, white and colored images.

Scervino said Boscono was “perfect” for the campaign, explaining how “thanks to her personality, she is able to interpret all my creations in an original and authentic way.”

As the designer wanted a strong and independent woman to embody his fall collection, Boscono is styled in mannish garments a total-white suit and flat, lace-up shoes. More feminine light dresses, embellished with pleats and details in lace, are coupled with military-inspired, oversize coats with fur inserts. Continue reading

HENNEQUIN SOUL PHOTOGRAPHER

Yesterday I met a human being who was dripping with talent. Although the climb was treacherous to the hill of Saint-Cloud, the view from the top was worth it all.

A true artist from head to toe, he could even be the son of Patrick Demarchelier. His presence was piercing. “I have always been fascinated by the great painters” mused John, who crafts portraits with the grace of the renaissance painters. He interprets the light and the dark, the tonality and the relationships between the colours, the compositions and the general ambience in a way that only he can.

He is the Vermeer of photography. I adore his almost cinematic compositions, the movement in his photos brings the subject matter to life, creating a tangible sense of vulnerability. Continue reading

TUNIS FASHION WEEK

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In today’s world, the same 10k euro dress sold in 100 points of sales all around the world does not make the difference and does not interest rich clients. Luxury clients want more privacy and exclusivity and do not matter about price. In 2017, he or she also looks for more social responsibility and care for ecology.

If Paris is recognised worlwide as the capital of Haute Couture, Tunis aims to be the capital of the Ready-Couture as well as a perfect destination for Pre-Collections happenings.

Our concept is to offer a single 3 days event that gathers buyers, UNHI clients and press from all around the world, likewise, a key-in-hand opportunity to organize a Pre-Collection or Ready-Couture fashion show creating impactful events and photo contents for the brands.

For the second consecutive year, the Elite Model Look contest is joining the Tunis Fashion Week . By allowing the organization of a Tunisian competition, during the closing evening, which federates youth around fashion and modeling, the agency Elite accompanies Tunisia in its desire for international recognition. Continue reading

LUXURY SALES FORECASTS

Sales of personal luxury goods in 2017 will reach some 254 billion euros to 259 billion euros, up from last year’s 249 billion euros, according to the studies. By 2020, the personal luxury goods market is seen reaching 290 billion euros.

In terms of market expectations in the various geographies, there were also a couple of variations. The personal luxury goods market in North America, which in October was forecasting to grow by 3 percent this year, is now seen expanding by 2 percent, in part due to the continued crisis in the department store industry.

Latin America, last fall forecasted an expansion by 3 percent in 2017, is now seen growing by a modest 1 percent this year, in part due to less favorable currency conditions. Continue reading

AUSTRALIAN FASHION WEEK IN SYDNEY

Now in its 22nd year, the annual event pushed dates back several weeks to rebrand itself from a spring to resort showcase last year, resulting in a 75% increase in international buyer attendance over 2015, according to organizer IMG.

The company said it expected this year’s eight-day event, which ended Sunday with a weekend of ticketed consumer presentations of the week’s highlights, to have drawn a cumulative attendance of 30,000.

Among them were a contingent of 33 international delegates, including 23 buyers from New York, London, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Dubai. Airfares and accommodation were covered by the event. Continue reading

MICHAEL CINCO DUBAI

Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco is best known for his fabulous couture gowns. His innate creativity and masterful techniques have catapulted him to the front ranks of fashion. He has cultivated a dedicated following for the luxe and intricacy of his designs, with their fresh, elegant and detailed juxtapositions of fabric and Swarovski crystals.

Michael’s celebrity clients include Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Ellie Goulding, Nicole Scherzinger, Fergie Ferguson, Dita Von Teese, Brandy, Ashanti, Chris Brown, Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell. Jennifer Lopez wore a crystallized Michael Cinco couture when she hosted American Music Awards in 2015. Sofia Vergara wore a stunning Michael Cinco gown at the Golden Globes 2013, who was voted Best Dressed by many TV shows and magazines in the US. British pop star Paloma Faith wore his couture dress at the MET Gala in New York. Michael also designed several costumes for Mila Kunis for the sci-fi blockbuster movie Jupiter Ascending. Continue reading

LIGHT MY BODY UP

In a studded Swarovski crystal harness made by the most fashionable french couture house ON AURA TOUT VU, Nicki slayed on stage and teased a bit of pole dancing skills before sharing the floor with Jason Derulo, who sang his suggestive dance number “Swalla,” which features a verse from Nicki

Breathtaking in her custom-made outfit of leather, metal and crystals and Swarovski beads, she sang David Guetta’s legendary “Light My Body Up”.

The performance was outstanding mainly due to the outfit made by the two most creative designers in France today.

Congratulations to Yassem and Livia. Canal-Luxe is delighted to support creativity and originality.

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MCQUEEN’S SOVEREIGNTY

Last Saturday it was Pippa Middleton wedding and The Duchess of Cambridge did her best to remain as low-key. She was dressed in Alexander McQueen and for the occasion she chose a dress suited her attitude.

The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at St Mark’s Church with the pageboys and flower girls. There was no way she would ever risk upstaging the bride, like her sister did in her curve-hugging Alexander McQueen gown at Westminster Abbey six years ago. Instead, the duchess wore a custom-made, Forties-style midi dress by McQueen, the same fashion house that created her wedding gown.

The dress had full sleeves, a peplum waist and full skirt, and its peachy pink color complemented the cascade of roses around the door of the church. Her hat, adorned with a large rose, was designed by milliner Jane Taylor, and her morganite earrings were from jeweler Kiki McDonough. The stiletto heels were Gianvito Rossi. Continue reading

GUERLAIN’S SNEAKERS

Guerlain and Le Coq Sportif have launched a limited-edition Arthur Ashe model teaming up the blockbuster women’s fragrance “La Petite Robe Noire” with a pair of sneakers.

It was designed to reflect the perfume’s aesthetic codes, with the shoes’ sides decorated with black-and-white leather braids. Their outer soles are of transparent rubber encrusted with silver-colored sparkles, meant to call to mind the perfume’s sparkle, according to Guerlain.

The tongue on the right sneaker features the rooster label of Le Coque Sportif, while the left has the black dress drawing symbolizing La Petit Robe Noire. Continue reading

THE TRIANGLE BALENCIAGA

Demna Gvasalia is keeping things busy at Balenciaga. Two months after staging the most acclaimed show of the Paris fashion season, Balenciaga is preparing a major new store on Avenue Montaigne, the famed shopping strip. The boutique will be located at 57 Avenue Montaigne, in what Parisians call the Golden Triangle, the area demarcated by Avenue Montaigne, Avenue George V and the Champs Elysées.

The new store will be in the style used by Gvasalia when he radically revamped Balenciaga’s boutique on rue St Honoré in March. Behind huge plate glass windows, clothes are hung from high-tech steel tracks running diagonally beneath silver fire protection piping. Designed as a high-tech warehouse, the space also includes aluminum foil ceilings, changing rooms in cast concrete, and scattered leather benches. Continue reading

VUITTON JAPAN TRIP

On Sunday night, Louis Vuitton privatized Shinbashi Street in the heart of Kyoto’s medieval district to celebrate its cruise 2018 collection. Guests including Michelle Williams, Isabelle Huppert, Laura Harrier and Sophie Turner mingled with gaggles of geishas by lantern light, and top city officials gave speeches to mark the occasion.

In an unprecedented move, Vuitton took over 15 of the street’s historic restaurants to host its guests. The evening before, it had booked three of the city’s temples, including the prestigious Sennyū-ji temple, which Emperor Akihito often visits and which had never before hosted a private event.

With such build-up, there was a risk that artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière’s clothes would be overshadowed by the production. He more than rose to the occasion, with a lineup that paid tribute to Japan’s rich traditions, while further mining the tough-girl aesthetic he has established since joining the brand in 2013. Continue reading