MAY THE FORCE BE WITH LOUBOUTIN

Christian Louboutin and Disney are making magic once again. Following 2012’s reinterpretation of the “Cinderella” slipper and 2014’s “Maleficent” shoe, Louboutin has reunited with Walt Disney Studios to create a showpiece and a set of shoe designs for the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

A fan of the sci-fi franchise since the beginning, Rey (Daisy Ridley), Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (Laura Dern), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran). The commemorative styles are to start with the showpiece on Saturday at the Los Angeles premiere of the latest episode.

The showpiece, a collaboration between Louboutin and Industrial Light and Magic, incorporates Louboutin’s six-inch Ballerina Ultima heel. The display will feature a hyper-realistic holographic installation and will be guarded by a set of Praetorian Guard members on the red carpet of the premiere. Continue reading

GUCCI TAX INVESTIGATION

On Saturday, Reuters released a report saying that  Gucci is under investigation for tax evasion. Italy’s Guardia di Finanza, the national police force specializing in financial crimes late this week visited the fashion house’s offices in Milan and Florence for fiscal checks.

Mentioning an anonymous senior source with direct knowledge on the matter, Reuters reported checks started because Milan prosecutors suspected Gucci may have paid taxes on profits generated by sales in Italy in another country with a more favorable tax structure.

Reached for comment, Gucci released a statement saying the company is providing its full cooperation to the respective authorities and is confident about the transparency of its operations. Continue reading

V. CONSTANTIN A NEW DEAL

American consumers might have a weakness for watches that are large and geared to the outdoors, but with the right emphasis, Vacheron Constantin chief executive officer Louis Ferla thinks the dressy, upscale brand can find stronger resonance in the country.

“I think for us, with a bit more focus and explanation, we should be able to properly develop that market,” .The Swiss label, which belongs to Richemont, has just launched three new watch models, the latest additions to a two-decade practice of reissuing historic styles.

From the Twenties, the American 1921 model features a round face set in a cushion shape and was designed at a slightly skewed angle, making it possible to read the time with minimal wrist movement.

Like many players in the industry, Vacheron Constantin faces the challenge of finding the right balance between highlighting the house’s deep history and securing its pertinence in a future with a crowded landscape of offers that include models connected to the Internet. Continue reading

13 LUCKY NUMBER FOR LVMH

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton posted a 13.6% rise in third-quarter sales as brisk business in most divisions helped offset a drag from unfavorable exchange rates and slower growth in its wine and spirits activities. Sales over the quarter were 10.38 billion euros, up 12% on an organic basis.

The largest division, fashion and leather goods, home to its star brand Louis Vuitton, clocked 13% growth on an organic basis for the quarter compared to the same period last year. LVMH highlighted the brands first smart watch as well as efforts to improve the quality of its distribution network as contributing to Vuitton’s performance over the first nine months. The label just opened a new Paris flagship on the Place Vendôme in Paris. Continue reading

RIMO WAY FOR SUCCESS

In June, the LVMH-owned brand hired Hector Muelas as Chief Brand Officer to oversee the brand’s global marketing and communications.

This month, Rimowa appointed Rocky Jacob as Chief Product Officer, marking as the second major appointment for the German luggage producer.

Rocky Jacob, Rimowa’s newest addition, headed the Alphabet-owned home automation producer that created the “learning” digital thermostat that adjusts room temperature based on patterns. At Nest, he served Head of Industrial Design, and now he will serve as an adviso. 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