FIRST COVER FOR FIRST LADY

In Austria, Brigitte Macron showed once again that she is unafraid to experiment with fashion. Walking through Salzburg with Eveline Steinberger-Kern, wife of the Austrian president, Macron debuted a new red dress by Louis Vuitton, her go-to design house.

Emmanuel Macron was sworn in as France’s youngest ever President at the age of 39 in May, and credits his wife- and former teacher- Brigitte Trogneux (who has taken on his surname since they became France’s first couple) as one of his closest advisors.

Now the 64 year-old has become France’s “First Lady” (although there will be no official title for her) since Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife Carla left the Elysee Palace in 2012 – and she’s showcasing a wardrobe which proves she’s making the role her own. 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

LOUIS VUITTON ON STRIKE

Leather workers from some of Louis Vuitton’s factory in France staged a strike the first in 15 years. The employees gathered in front of their production facilities between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. local time to make a statement, one day before the brand’s annual salary negotiations were set to end.

According to a spokesman LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, less than 10 percent of the leather workers from fewer than one-third of the Vuitton ateliers countrywide took part in the demonstration.

French labor unions said the turnout stood at 30 percent of employees in Issoudun and Condé, and more than 50 percent in Asnières, according to press reports. Continue reading

AMAZON TOKYO FASHION WEEK

At Amazon Tokyo Fashion Week, more than 50 designers presented their creations at the Autumn/Winter 2017-18 collections.

Colorful embroidery, creative batik designs and fearless facial jewelry brightened the catwalks where Asian designers presented their collections.

Traditional Indonesian batik material – which applies wax-resistant dyeing to the cloth was the highlight of designer Michelle Tjokrosaputro’s collection, where it featured in vibrant jacket and skirt combinations as well as dresses.

Thai designer Linda Charoenlab added edgy motifs to colorful tartan outfits and complemented the looks with facial jewelry that dangled from models’ ears to their mouths.

CHANEL 2017

This season, Karl Lagerfeld chose to celebrate the French spationaut Thomas Pesquet and invited his guests to take board on the International Space Station. “Fly me to the moon in other Chanel World”

Staged in Grand Palais, the Chanel version of Apollo even appeared to take off at the finale – as booster rockets lifted the 30-meter high structure off the ground, as the rocket retracted into itself.

Karl Lagerfeld stated that “It’s in the spirit of times. Chanel joining a Frenchman in outer space. Besides it’s bound to be better than what we are experiencing down here,”

The runway was amazing as Lagerfeld injected a hipster technological edge into lots of the house’s classics. From the legendary four-pocket suit reimagined in stars-at-night shiny anthracite wool to the sleek super-heroine cocktails finished with mini capes, or coal-black galactic warrior sheathes done with white ruffles – like the Catherine de Medici style much admired by Gabrielle. Continue reading

IVANKA TRUMP MADE IN CHINA

Throughout his presidential campaign, one of the biggest platforms that Donald Trump ran on was, according to his website, his opposition to American companies that manufacture their products overseas. However, as his opponents quickly pointed out during election season, both Donald and Ivanka’s clothing lines are made in countries like Bangladesh and China.

Since Donald’s own eponymous apparel line essentially folded, the focus is now on his daughter Ivanka’s manufacturing practices. The New York Times reports that several products from Ivanka’s line are produced overseas. In fact, in 2016 alone, there were at least 193 shipments of imported goods for Ivanka Trump brands, according to a review the paper commissioned from trade database ImportGenius. A review of tags and financial documents from G-III Apparel Group revealed that Ivanka’s dresses and blouses are made in China, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Continue reading

MANOLO

In the new collection, Manolo has put the focus on providing future brides with a full in-store experience; clients will have access to bespoke services allowing them to choose custom fabrics, crystal embellishments and stiletto as well as the opportunity to engrave the soles of their shoes.

Since its creation, women have been coming to Manolo for their wedding shoes. With the launch of Burlington [Arcade store] and our e-commerce, Manolo has created a space to present a carefully curated range. Burlington has also a secret VIP room on the second floor where, by appointment, clients can also create tailored elements. Continue reading

THERESA MAY BE

Here, Theresa May attends the funeral of Margaret Thatcher in London, in 2013.At 10 Downing Street a war of words has been declared between David Cameron’s former education secretary, Nicky Morgan and Prime Minister Theresa May. Morgan accused May of Profligacy in her purchase of a pair of brownish-gold Amanda Wakeley leather trousers, which she wore at home during a recent shoot for The Sunday Times of London — and more recently for work at No. 10 Downing Street.

May is famous for loving fashion and promoting British Fashion Designers. She has long been wearing designer brands including Roland Mouret, Anya Hindmarch, and Russell & Bromley.

In September, May even hosted a cocktail at Downing Street to usher in London Fashion Week and give the industry a pep talk. “Thank you for what you are doing for British business out there, and across the world,” she told designers and industry leaders. “Long live British fashion. Let’s go from success to success.” Continue reading

DOLCE & GABBANA MILANO 2017

leblogdemodeItaly at my feet, and before me the world. What fields for my desires! This is the boot located in the Mediterranean and for the mode, you must admit, it is a real luck: it has influenced an incredible number of countries, including France, for its culture, history, language …

This is because a wolf once, have suckled two children that for centuries and centuries they have been singing its power. She is Mars and Venus’s daughter said Horace. Alongside this brilliant civilization, from the Roman Emperors to the Renaissance genius, Dolce and Gabbana presents in its collection the Italian products and the quintessence of Italy: food and fashion.

This speculiar culture we discover through his dresses, the Italian lifestyle as a magical place of rare beauty where we would fell in love at first sight, when the country snaps us. The deep mystery of  Italy is the sophistication of luxury. 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

FLY ME TO THE CUP

teamnew3Louis Vuitton is strengthening its partnership with one of the oldest and most prestigious international sailing competitions the America’s Cup. Louis Vuitton has been one of the main sponsor for more than 30 years (since 1983).

“For this 35th edition, the French Maison is renewing its commitment to the America’s Cup by becoming the title partner of the America’s Cup World Series, the America’s Cup Qualifiers and Challenger Playoffs, as well as the presenting partner of the America’s Cup Match,” the house said in a statement. Continue reading

RED LIKE LOVE

REDLIKELOVERuby ​​set a world record at auction last Tuesday in Geneva. It was sold 30.33 million dollars by Sotheby’s. The auction house Sotheby’s offered the Burmese ruby ​​25.59 carats, a deemed extraordinary size for a ruby. The color “pigeon blood” of this stone, called “Ruby Sunrise” remains the most sought after of all. Mounted on a Cartier ring, this ruby ​​was estimated between 12 and 18 million dollars. This is a record price for a ruby ​​but also a record price for a Cartier jewel in an auction, Sotheby’s said.

At that same auction, it was also sold a unique pink diamond of 8.72 carats to have belonged to the niece of Napoleon 1st was sold $ 15.9 million. Continue reading