Last Wednesday, in Shanghai, in presence of both brand ambassadors, the 29th year old actress Zhao Living and the Chinese model and actress Angelaby, Dior celebrated the reopening of its enlarged and revamped flagship in the major shopping of West Nanjing Road, which feature women’s and men’s collections, as well as fine jewelry and timepieces.
The presence of the young Ambassadors had a very positive impact on the young generation. Sidney Toledano, the CEO stated : We have seen that we are attracting more young people, but we are not a brand for teenagers. We want young people to dream about the brand.”
Far from changing Dior’s strategy in order to bow to the desires of younger consumers, Toledano counters that the brand’s heritage and authenticity that allow it to appeal to consumers of all ages in China and elsewhere. Continue reading
Take a look around you. Everything changes, but nothing changes ! We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in your environment, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Continue reading
Anthony Vaccarello succeeds to Hedi Slimane at Yves Saint Laurent. Anthony Vaccarello, most recently the creative director of Versus Versace, has been nominated the new creative director of Yves Saint Laurent.
Mr. Vaccarello, a 36-year-old Italian-Belgian designer, succeeds to Hedi Slimane, whose long-rumored departure from Yves Saint Laurent, owned by the Paris-based group Kering, was made official on Friday. The president and chief executive of Yves Saint Laurent, stated: “His modern, pure aesthetic is the perfect fit for the maison.”
Mr. Vaccarello founded his own brand, in 2009, but will suspend that line to “devote himself fully to Saint Laurent,” according to a spokesman for the brand. He will be responsible for women’s wear, men’s wear, the couture line revived by Mr. Slimane and the image of the brand.
Yanina draws her inspiration from bird image and it has always been a landmark for her Couture. This collection is largely devoted to the ballet. Like a swan, the model dances on the catwalk. Fragile princess, pastel silhouette like the balley ‘The sylphidess’.
Franck Sorbier is not just Fashion, it is a performance of art. Many dancers swirled to a hypnotic drum at the Guimet Museum of Asian art.
Taking its inspiration from Rodin’s sand colours of the Khmer dancers, The King and I, an exhibition on 2,000 years of Asian theatre, and an ancient legend about a shepherd falling in love with a star, it presents an exotic, romantic fairy-tale.
The named ‘Celestial’ Lovers reworks the age-old story of a princess and a pauper, using a variety of styles to show the theme’s universality. Dresses, made of a patchwork of colours and reminiscent of Tinkerbell .
Dresses, a one-shoulder gown, with pleated silk covered with asia calligraphy and watercolours like sexuel obsession.
The freedom to love and a timeless story, a theme that he considers as the big subject of the history of humanity.
Julien Fournié had converted the Oratoire du Louvre into a vessel to present us the Spring-Summer 2016 collection.
On a fictional shore the couturier presented an elegant collection with print on white linen representing tropical flowers. Fournié has chosen the palette of oceanic rainforest fruits and blossoms as colors for this collection.
On the catwalk the models looked like those actress of the 1960’s and 1970’s with lioned head like Farrah Fawcett in the Charlie’s Angels. They were wearing denim pieces on their tropical island.
Jacquards and 3D embroidery also made this fashion statement contemporary. As usual it was a stunning and standing ovation.
Fashion Week Haute Couture will take place from January 24th to 28th. The legendary Avenue Montaigne Hotel will pay tribute to Christian Dior with a five star dinner menu.
Under the leadership of Alain Ducasse, Chef Philippe Marc has created a menu inspired by the designer’s favorite recipe book. Fortunately Raf Simmons did not create the menu !
After the “Fast Fashion” they create the FFF (Fast Fashion Food). The fabulous marketing process is “en route”, with the FFF and do not stress if you do not like it you can go to the Dior Institut to relax. Continue reading
Revolution in the French Fédération of Couture, it has upgraded its website and opened more to the digital world. It is a blow of modernity, they are finally launching new digital tools, an Application iphone, and broadcast on the social media like twitter etc… It looks like a train which is always late.
It is strange to start a new “Has Been” strategy. What have they done all those years ! Instagramme, Twitter… are a must to have. However what about the Dark Net, and other new tools to broadcast your information. You said “Has Been”, I would dare to say: “Dead”.
By the way do not forget to add images as we are no more in the 1990’s when we could only have text. To pay an application € 50 000, when you can have the same application for € 5 000. No wonder why the Fédération has no money for promoting new designers, the future talents.
Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion (Oscar Wild)
Last Thursday French lawmakers adopted a bill forcing ultra-thin models to provide a doctor’s certificate confirming they are healthy and the magazines that Photoshop their silhouette to tag the images as “touched up”.
The bill stipulates that models must obtain a medical certificate stating that their health, “assessed in particular in terms of body mass index, is compatible with the practise of the (modelling) profession”.
Breaches of the law will be punishable by up to six months imprisonment and a fine of 75,000 euros ($82,000). Continue reading
Jean-Paul Gaultier is going to create a collection with the supermarket chain Target. Apparently, the French designer will create fashion clothes for women, men and children as well as products for home, about in all 100 pieces will be available in 2016
“Each time I come to Australia, I am impressed by the relaxed confidence of the Australians. This philosophy is mine and there is a true synergy with my own approach of fashion and style ” says Jean-Paul Gaultier.
To create accessible collections has become a way of life for the French designer who launched a fashion line with the Japanese retailer “Seven & i” last month. Continue reading
UK fashion designer Stella McCartney sued American footwear and accessories company Steve Madden for copying her Falabella bag. McCartney filed a complaint with the Southern district of New York against Steve Madden. McCartney said that Steve Madden has copied one of her most “well-known and enormously popular” handbag styles. McCartney’s lawyers want Madden to discontinue its knock-off “BTotally” handbag and “an accounting of Defendant’s profits.”
McCartney’s bag retails for $1,195, Madden’s for $108. Court documents pointed to “several poor reviews of the BTotally bag from Steve Madden’s website” as proof that the bag is likely to damage McCartney’s reputation and lead to a loss in sales. Mrs McCartney have you never thought that if you do not sell your bag, it is maybe because it is too expensive. It is one of the 4 compenents of the mixed marketing. Continue reading
Last Wednesday Apple announced a partnership with French luxury leather goods manufacturer Hermès and launches a Hermès leather strap for the Apple Watch.
“Apple and Hermès make very different products, but they reflect the deep appreciation of quality design,” said Jonathan Ive, Apple’s chief design officer in a press release. “Both companies are motivated by a sincere pursuit of excellence and the desire to create something that is not compromised. Apple Watch Hermès is a true testament to that belief.” It is to you to decide if you agree with it.
Hermès’ creative director Pierre-Alexis Dumas stated: “I see it as the establishment of an alliance in excellence; like horse and carriage, a perfect team.”
Hermès will feature three types of bracelets for the Apple Watch: the double-wrap model with steel buckle, in a range of four colours Continue reading
After 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
What did you say? Haute Couture! French team of the Chambre Syndicale doesn’t anymore make the difference between Haute Couture and a H&M designer. Mr and Mrs PFW call immediately Susy Menkes she will tell you what Haute Couture should be. One thing is sure is that the future of Haute Couture will not got through Adeline André. Unfortunately today to be accreditated by the French Chambre Syndicale of Haute Couture is not because you have talent but it is because you are a friend of the management.
The Paris Fashion Week starts with our favorite fashion designers, Yassen Samouilov et Livia Stoianova while extreme heat affects Paris. They both arrived in Paris with one passion: Fashion. In few years, their talent and creativity is recognised worldwide and even Madonna, the Ambassador of the fashion house. Continue reading