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

CAVALLI A NEW CREATIVE DIRECTOR

On Wednesday the British designer Paul Surridge was appointed as the new creative director of Cavalli. Sir Paul, who has previously worked at Clavin Klein, Burberry and Jil Sander, will head all of the group’s lines and he will showcase his first season in Milan in September 2017, with the spring-summer 2018 collection, Cavalli said.

Chief Executive Gian Giacomo Ferraris, who launched a deep restructuring of the group seven months ago including cutting staff by nearly a third and shutting down stores, said the appointment of Surridge is part of “ambitious development plans” for the brand.

An alumni of London’s famed fashion institute Central Saint Martins, Surridge most recently headed one of the lines of Italian luxury tailor Zegna and was creative consultant of Swedish fashion house Acne Studios. Continue reading

KARL AND PESQUET

Karl Lagerfeld has revealed his true inspiration behind his space-themed show for Chanel last March: French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who has kept the nation in thrall with his regular reports from the International Space Station since November.

The designer hooked up with the cosmonaut for a remote interview broadcast on French radio France Info. “I admire him. In fact, I was indirectly inspired not only by where he is, but also by his personality, because I think he is more charismatic than his predecessors,”.

Asked if he would like to trade places with Pesquet, Lagerfeld demurred. “No, I think it’s a little late for that. And the training is terrifying, on top of which I only speak four languages, and he must speak six, so you see, it’s not enough,”.

The designer did have one special request. “Is there a way to design a room in my house where I float around? I would quite enjoy that.

ARNAULT ENDORSES MACRONECONOMIC

Last Friday, Bernard Arnault became the first major fashion industry executive after Pierre Berger, to support French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.

Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton provides weight support to the center-left politician and former economy minister in an opened column published in French newspaper Les Echos.

Recently the magnate feared another major economic crisis, stating record-low interest rates; high stock prices; geopolitical uncertainty, with potential conflicts in the areas of trade, customs and currencies, and continued low growth in Europe. Continue reading

MONIQUE L’HUILLIER IN PARIS

Monique Lhuillier will join American labels Rodarte and Proenza Schouler in showing its spring ready-to-wear collection during the Paris haute couture shows. While the U.S. brands are not officially on the haute couture schedule, both Rodarte and Proenza Schouler have been invited by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to show as guest designers at the upcoming edition this July.

Monique Lhuillier is the latest in a string of American designers who will be leaving New York Fashion Week to show their collections in Paris. The designer, who is headquartered in Los Angeles, is best known for her evening, bridal and red carpet gowns.

Monique Lhuillier designs capture the essence of sophisticated luxury by provoking femininity, allure and glamour that have made her renowned in the world of design. Monique’s innate sense of style is prevalent throughout her ready-to-wear, accessories and bridal collections. Continue reading

CHANEL GREECE IN PARIS

For his latest Chanel cruise collection, Karl Lagerfeld couldn’t find a venue in Greece that he liked so he brought Greece to Paris instead.  The designer built a replica of the Temple of Poseidon in the Galerie south west of the Grand Palais.

BANDERAS PRESIDENT

Miami Fashion Week, which was relaunched last year under new management, has evolved into an entirely new event featuring cruise collections. The event is slated for May 31st to June 4th.

All runway shows will take place at Ice Palace Film Studios at 59 NW 14th Street in Miami.

Eight designers are participating among whose Attila Kiss of Balenciaga and Orsola de Castro of Fashion Revolution will lead conferences to raise awareness of ethical production, labor and environmental policies in the creation of fashion.

Miami Fashion week honorary president, Antonio Banderas, is expected to welcome celebrities, models and influencers to the Master Classes, runway shows, after parties and pop-up events. The events are scheduled to be broadcasted in two television specials; both programs are set to air internationally in the weeks following the event. Continue reading

CHANEL KNOCKOFF

Chanel, a fierce protector of its intellectual property, is taking action against 30 Amazon sellers, all of which allegedly had been actively selling a range of counterfeit Chanel products, such as handbags, T-shirts and cell phone covers emblazoned with the brand name.

Chanel is facing some pushback in its $60 million suit against a set of Amazon sellers that have been suspended from the online marketplace for allegedly offering counterfeit merchandise.

Two of the sellers identified as “Angela Pasecha” and “Juanjuan Liu” asked Chanel to drop the claims against them.

Brands such as Gucci and Moose Knuckles, which makes luxury parkas, have recently received default judgments in similar actions due to the total non-response of defendants. Continue reading

BALLOON INFLATES THE MARKET

After 20 consecutive months of declining exports, sales of Swiss timepieces saw a 7.5 percent uptick in March, reaching 1.6 billion Swiss francs, or $1.6 billion at average exchange.

Analysts estimated that adjusted for calendar effects, sales still dropped, by around 2 percent. Yet after nearly two years of declines impacted by the crackdown on luxury gifting in China and a slowdown in Hong Kong the biggest international market for Helvetic timepieces as Chinese tourists chose other travel destinations, the uptick was seen as reassuring. The March data is likely to be seen as a turning point in the destocking cycle led by Mainland China and Hong Kong.

While sales of watches made of precious metal continued to decline, falling 0.7 percent, revenues for steel watches grew 12.5 percent and jumped 15.1 percent for bi-metallic timepieces. Continue reading

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