STEVE HIETT PASSED AWAY

Steve Hiett, best known as a photographer with a taste for deep color and eclecticism, died at age 79.

He had been hospitalized recently due to cancer, which he’d been fighting for several years, according to his agency D+V. Hiett died in Montpellier, France, having been based in Paris for many years, although born in England in 1940. He was with his wife Louise Despointes, whom he met as a model in the late Sixties and Seventies and went on to collaborate with often.

Although unable to work professionally in recent months due to his illness, Hiett was snapping shots for Instagram earlier this year. What appears to be his last public shot is a dark but artful picture of his hospital room at night, from his perspective in bed. Continue reading

FASHION PRICE POST MORTEM

His legendary fashion career was ignited by an award. In his twilight years, he acted as a judge for the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers, leaving most contenders starstruck. And now he will be immortalized with a fashion prize in his name. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton confirmed exclusively that its Special Prize will henceforth be named the Karl Lagerfeld Prize.

The first one is to be presented during the sixth edition of the contest on Sept. 4 at the Fondation Louis Vuitton.

“Karl Lagerfeld, creative director of the house of Fendi since 1965, was involved in the prize since its launch,” said Delphine Arnault, the force behind the high-profile design competition. “He was fully committed to it since Day One, transporting us with his enthusiasm and his energy, sharing with everyone, whether other jury members or candidates, his culture and his passion for fashion. We shall always cherish those precious moments.” Continue reading

LAURENCE LI AND CHICO WANG

New York Fashion Week continues to attract young designers who stand out as the Canadian duo “Laurence and Chico”, a specialist in extravagant outfits worn by dizzying silhouettes.

The couple formed by Laurence Li and Chico Wang, based in Vancouver but both of Chinese origin, remain faithful to a favorite accessory: excessive wigs giving an unexpected verticality to their models, who mock male/female barriers. Girl or boy, “it doesn’t matter” for the outfits designed by the duo, said Laurence Li.

last September on the theme of crazy sports, the two men chose the place of their last trip, Thailand, as their main inspiration for their autumn-winter 2019 collection presented on Thursday.

Fabrics printed with flowers or exotic fruits, skirt and suit sets with geometric shapes, diamonds or checks highlighted with silver pearls, long enveloping coats made of tulle ruffles… The range of colours was wide, including fluorescent yellow and pink, appreciated by Cardi B or Lady Gaga, the brand’s two most famous customers launched in 2015. (LIVE IN 11 DAYS ON CANAL-LUXE).

NYFW 2020

Two weeks after the Council of Fashion Designers of America released its preliminary official fashion week schedule, IMG has released its roster.

Prabal Gurung will celebrate his 10th anniversary with a Sept. 8 evening show at Spring Studios. In recent days, the designer explained why he was no longer considering showing at The Vessel at Hudson Yards. His move stemmed from The Related Companies’ Stephen Ross’ decision to host a fundraiser for President Donald Trump in the Hamptons last weekend. Continue reading

MODEL LIU WEN APOLOGIES

Just days after Yang Mi severed ties with Versace over slights to Chinese sovereignty, Coach and Givenchy too have run afoul of the same sensitive issue, putting high-profile celebrity partnerships with Liu Wen, Jackson Yee and Guan Xiaotong in jeopardy.

The two brands issued apologies on their official Weibo accounts on Monday just after midday for giving off the impression that Hong Kong and Taiwan are separate countries.

The outcry surrounding the two brands is nearly an exact repeat of the Versace scenario. T-shirt designs from the two brands list a series of cities followed by the country it is located in, for example, Beijing, China; But Hong Kong does not follow the same format and is listed stand-alone in the Coach design and for Givenchy as ;Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Meanwhile for both brands, Taipei is listed as Taipei, Taiwan. Continue reading

SHISEIDO AND TORY BURCH

Under the terms of the agreement, Shiseido will have the worldwide license to develop, market and distribute Tory Burch beauty products effective Jan. 1. The license has been held by the Estée Lauder Cos. since 2011.

Right now, Tory Burch’s beauty assortment consists of several fragrances, but under Shiseido, the plan is for Burch’s beauty purview to expand.Beyond growing the fragrance business, Shiseido plans to explore the possibility of launching other beauty categories.

Tory’s very much into beauty and digital, and there’s a lot of things we can do in terms of digital innovation and frankly, beyond fragrances. So yes, we can grow fragrances, but the brand certainly has potential to grow beyond fragrances, Rey said.

The Tory Burch beauty business will be run out of New York, managed by Shiseido Americas. Shiseido picked up the Dolce & Gabbana fragrance license in 2016, and also has licenses for Elie Saab, Narciso Rodriguez, Issey Miyake, Serge Lutens and Zadig & Voltaire fragrances.

MEMMORY OF AN ODOR !

The luxury Italian house has introduced ‘Mémoire d’une Odeur’ to its Gucci Beauty portfolio, it announced via Instagram this week. The perfume, which the label categorizes as a “universal fragrance,” was inspired by “the power of memories which can be relived in the present.” It is creative director Alessandro Michele’s latest addition to a growing fragrance portfolio for the brand. Continue reading

KARL MET AT THE MUSEUM

Although no great fan of fashion exhibitions, especially retrospectives, the late Karl Lagerfeld is perhaps the designer most deserving of one.

The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York certainly thinks so, and head curator Andrew Bolton is to conceive the showcase for 2022.

The Met has yet to divulge the theme of its 2020 fashion exhibition, saying only that the Costume Institute’s permanent collection would be the primary source of looks as the institution marks its 150th anniversary Continue reading

REPETTO AN ANGEL IN L.A

Just as designers such as Tom Ford, Hedi Slimane, Nicholas Kirkwood and Jeremy Scott succumbed to the city’s creative vibe, Repetto America chief executive officer Gilles Assor believes L.A. will be an inspiring backdrop for the brand’s activities.

Repetto Studio in New York’s Chelsea closed its doors on Wednesday. The space, which opened in the spring of 2018, will relocate to the West Coast before the end of the year.

During its tenure in Manhattan, the studio was a private showroom and community space for members where dancers and creatives could take dance classes, as well as a venue for brand events such as exhibitions and collaborations. Repetto’s store on West Broadway in Manhattan’s SoHo will remain open. We’re generating business with that store," Assor said. It’s our first flagship in the U.S. Continue reading

BRAZILIAN SWIMWEAR

In 1974, though, backsides were under attack via California legislation outlawing nude sunbathing. A radical fashion designer and Austrian expat in Hollywood, Rudi Gernreich, had a solution: The thong swimsuit. “The Thong is my response to a contradiction in our society: nudity is here; lots of people want to swim and sun themselves in the nude; also lots of people are still offended by public nudity,” he wrote in a ’70s manifesto, citing Brazilian swimwear, Sumo wrestlers’ mawashis, and thong sandals as references for his then-trademarked design. At the time, Gernreich made his unisex thong swimsuit in black and brown fast-drying nylon, revolutionizing the look of SoCal beaches and the limits of acceptable taste. Continue reading

LALIQUE HAVILAND STORY

Suzanne Lalique is the daughter of René Lalique and Alice Ledru, born out of wedlock in 1892, she grew up under the benevolent gaze of her father and grandfather, the sculptor Auguste Ledru. From these friends of youth, we can remember names like Paul Morand or Jean Giraudoux. Discreet, Suzanne is nevertheless a precious help to her father who regularly solicits her. In the 1910s, she began drawing powder and candy boxes for her father. She uses her talent in other fields such as screens, wallpaper or fabric motifs, but also decorations for the Sèvre factory.

We know that Suzanne Lalique has worked on many projects that will be carried out under the signature of René Lalique. In the 1920s, she participated in the creation of various decorative crystal objects such as vases and cups. These works truly bring the Maison Lalique into the Art Deco era. Continue reading