KOHLER LEAVES FERAGAMO

The Salvatore Ferragamo Group is seeing changes in the Americas, as Donald Kohler will be exiting the company. Kohler joined Ferragamo as chief executive officer of the Americas region and chief retail officer of the worldwide group in September 2017.

Ferragamo confirmed Kohler was leaving to pursue another professional experience at the end of his contract, but did not provide a specific time frame, while adding that the company has given a mandate to an executive search firm to seek a successor.

Kohler started his career in 1990 at Macy’s, in the executive training program, working both in stores and in the buying office. In 1993, he joined Gap in San Francisco, rising to the role of vice president merchandise planning for the international division. Continue reading

CAPUCINES SEYDOUX FOR LV

After channeling the screen icon for the December issue a French magazine, the French actress is reprising some of Monroe’s most famous photo shoots in her latest Louis Vuitton campaign, which finds her naked in bed with only a Capucines handbag for company.

A Monroe rolling in bed, a photo shoot with Bert Stern that took place six weeks before the iconic actress died in 1962.

For Vuitton said that while Monroe was “an everlasting source of inspiration,” the images also refer to the fantasy of “Jane Blond girls” Seydoux is set to reprise her role as Madeleine Swann opposite Daniel Craig in the upcoming James Bond film “No Time to Die,” which is now set for release in October after several postponements due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A woman and her bag the timeless elegance of the Capucines bag. The French fashion house is billing the style, launched in 2013, as a “modern classic,” highlighting the large model in black leather for the campaign. Continue reading

FRESCO OF HUBERT DE GIVENCHY

In the Marais district until March 21a fresco of Hubert de Givenchy a supersized portrait of the fashion designer has gone up in Paris’ Marais district, three years after the designer’s passing.

Givenchy Parfums commissioned the work, which is a modern-day interpretation of a famous photograph of Givenchy by Victor Skrebneski. In black and white, it’s made to look like it was created with an airbrush and stencil, street-art style.

The two-story-high fresco, at the intersection of Rue Vieille du Temple and Rue des Quatre-Fils, shows the designer in a black turtleneck gazing outward.

AN ALIBI FOR A PERFUME

The brand is launching a new fragrance, named Alibi eau de parfum, after its bag of the same name. The new scent will be available at de la Renta boutiques, on its website, and in select doors at Macy’s.

Alibi is the first fragrance designed by the brand’s co-creative directors Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim. The fragrance has top notes of mandarin and ginger blossom, heart notes of vanilla orchid and heliotrope, and base notes of musk, praline and amberwood.

Oscar de la renta in the fragrance business for 35 years now, and always had ambitions to get into color cosmetics,”.

Biden earlier wore Oscar de la Renta’s dark blue floral dress when her husband then President-elect Joe Biden gave his victory speech on Nov. 7, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.let’s hope that the first lady will have an alibi.

TIME IS MONEY

LVMH set the pace for the luxury watch industry on Monday, kicking off the year’s events with a week of presentations from its watch labels Bulgari, Hublot and Zenith.

This is the second time LVMH labels are holding a watch week together. At the same time last year, the luxury group took to the Bulgari Resort in Dubai to test out the new presentation format after other traditional watch fairs had been pushed until later in the year.

The group prefers setting the agenda at the start of the year, and before 2020 had been known to hold events in Geneva in January, tapping into the traffic flows to the former SIHH fair, which was dominated by rival brands belonging to Compagnie Financière Richemont.

But everything has been changed by the coronavirus crisis, which upended traditional watch fairs finishing off struggling Baselworld altogether and sending labels on the search for new, effective ways of reaching their clients. New models from Bulgari included the tightly wound Serpenti Spiga and the flashy Octo Finissimo. Continue reading

GUCCI NEXT COLLECTION IN APRIL

Gucci will present its next fashion collection through a short film on April 15 on several digital platforms around the world. This is the first collection to be unveiled in the year that marks the brand’s centenary anniversary, Gucci revealed that creative director Alessandro Michele has named the collection Aria.

The collection is presented outside of any fashion week calendar. In music, an aria is a self-contained piece for one voice.

The designer in November presented a seven-part film series he codirected with Gus Van Sant. The collection appeared throughout seven episodes running from Nov. 16 to 22, screened during a new digital fashion and film festival called GucciFest.

The collection and the series were called “Ouverture of Something That Never Ended,” shot in Rome and featuring actress and artist Silvia Calderoni as well as a range of friends of Continue reading

SALVATOR FERRAGAMO

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic hurt Salvatore Ferragamo’s bottom line and revenues in 2020, but the Florence-based company is seeing improvements, reporting a positive performance of the brand's stores in the first nine weeks of 2021, topped by solid growth in China and Korea and an 85.6 percent gain in the digital channel.

Despite the measures taken to contain costs and the effects of the lockdowns around the world, Ferragamo posted a net loss of 72 million euros in 2020, compared with a profit of 87 million euros in the previous year. Perhaps the emperor of luxury will be interested in this acquisition.

In the 12 months ended Dec. 31, revenues fell 33.5 percent to 916 million euros, compared with 1.37 billion euros in 2020. Ferragamo reported a progressive improvement in the second half.

In 2020, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization tumbled 52.6 percent to 159 million euros, compared with 336 million euros a year earlier.

DIOR FUMINISTEMENT VÔTRE

Château de Versailles for female promotion when Versailles was already led by women who were sort of Kardashian of the time. But, what does this have to do with couture and the house of Dior? Monsieur Dior’s attraction for Versailles shows that the great Couturiers of our time have always been men.

A FERRARI AT LOUBOUTIN

Exor, an Agnelli family holding, is to invest 541 million euros in Christian Louboutin to become a 24 percent shareholder in the Paris-based maker of red-soled shoes.

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter, and suggests the Agnelli family, owners of Ferrari, have a growing appetite for fashion.

In December, Exor said it would invest around 80 million euros in Chinese luxury brand Shang Xia and become the company’s majority shareholder alongside Hermès International and founder Jiang Qiong Er.

Exor is also a shareholder in The Economist Group, PartnerRe, Stellantis, CNH Industrial, GEDI Gruppo Editoriale and Juventus FC. Continue reading

ANDREW GM RESURRECTION

Video, titled “Hope & Glory,” was filmed in an 18th-century home the kind that customers of the brand might live in. Not even a six-week stay in hospital could prevent Andrew Gn from completing his fall collection. The designer suffered a stroke at the end of last year, but you would never suspect it from looking at his opulent lineup. Continue reading