BEAUTIFUL LIKE A BRAND NEW TRUCK

Hyundai Motor Company has launched the third annual iteration of “Re:Style,” an upcycling fashion project that uses materials discarded during the automobile manufacturing process and illuminates the company’s sustainable enterprise beyond the automotive industry.

The Re:Style 2021 is launched in Seoul and Paris by partnering with fashion select shops L’Eclaireur and Boontheshop. The unique collaboration involving the three companies highlights Hyundai Motor’s ever-growing commitment to eco-friendly manufacturing, creative outside collaboration and engagement with environmentally-conscious consumers.

In particular, Hyundai Motor’s partnerships with L’Eclaireur and Boontheshop reflect the two fashion companies’ shared commitment to eco-friendly production and offering of easily accessible and wearable fashion items. That’s why the expression you are as beautiful as a brand new truck

HERMÈS IN THE CHINESE TRAP

The French luxury firm posted revenues of 2.37 billion euros in the three months to Sept. 30, up 40.3 percent at constant exchange rates compared with 2019, considered a more reliable benchmark due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic last year, This represented an increase of 31.2 percent versus 2020.

But operating profit margin should be much lower than the 40.7 percent recorded in the first six months of the year, due to foreign exchange headwinds, higher employee costs and a lower contribution from leather goods.

The key leather goods and saddlery division saw organic sales rise 22.2 percent during the period, driven by sustained demand and significant deliveries during the quarter. Hermès opened a new leather goods workshop near Bordeaux in September, and several other production sites are in the works.

In the last month alone, it has reopened its store at the Istinye Park mall in Istanbul, and unveiled new boutiques at the Aventura Mall in Florida and in Shenzhen, China. In the long term, will Hermès Continue reading

J. AKEROYD NAME CEO OF BURBERRY

Versace chief executive officer Jonathan Akeroyd is returning home to the U.K., taking the top job at Burberry, the British company said Wednesday.

Akeroyd, 54, will succeed Marco Gobbetti, who was named CEO of Salvatore Ferragamo earlier this year. He will join Burberry on April 1.

Gerry Murphy, chairman of Burberry, described Akeroyd as ;an experienced leader with a strong track record in building global luxury fashion brands, and driving profitable growth. He shares our values and our ambition to build on Burberry’s unique British creative heritage and his deep luxury and fashion industry expertise will be key to advancing the next phase of Burberry’s evolution.”

Akeroyd served as CEO of Alexander McQueen from 2004 to 2016, and before that, he held a number of senior fashion roles at Harrods. Continue reading

MUGLER FOR EVER

From September 30, 2021 to April 24, 2022. Thierry Mugler offers himself a new international tour, this time in museums! After Canada, the Netherlands and Germany, it is the turn of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris to host the exhibition Thierry Mugler : couturissime. Continue reading

HYERES’ WINNER

Brexit has not yet arrived in Hyères ! British men’s wear designer Ifeanyi Okwuadi won the first prize at the 36th edition of the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography on Sunday, winning over a jury headed by Louise Trotter, creative director of Lacoste, with his collection of hybrid tailoring inspired by social protest and judge by crocodile.

The 27-year-old, who apprenticed for three years on London’s famed Savile Row and later studied fashion design at Ravensbourne University in London, developed his collection in parallel to working in logistics at British label Margaret Howell. He has also interned at brands such as Grace Wales Bonner and with artist Aitor Throup.

His collection, titled “Take the Toys From the Boys,” could have been the title of a book of Oscar Wild but was inspired by the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, a series of camps established to protest against nuclear weapons being placed at a British air force base, which lasted from 1981 to 2000. Okwuadi said he’s been working on the topic for almost six years.

DGENA UPCYCLING 2022

You can find everything at the Samaritaine Including young talented designers who parade from the first to the last floor, under the applause of the public. Fashion comes down to the street with men and women of the street (non-professional models)! This famous Fashion Week, this cenacle asleep and protected by some to remain in dark hyper-protected rooms for VIPs where everything sells so quickly that nothing is sold in the stores because they are empty of creation and meaning.

Dgena brought fashion down to the street, in Les Halles, the epicenter of youth, under the Amazonian Canopy in Paris, that young people want to protect at all costs and on the district of the last department store of the Lord Bernard Arnault.

The originality of that young Designer: the 20 created pieces are from overcycling, more commonly called “Upcycling” (end of rolls, fabric scraps, building tarpaulins, clothes found in resourceries, including clothes from individuals) and made in the luxury standards of Haute Couture. With this collection, Dgena shows that it is possible to make Luxury with existing clothes and materials, donated or from the recovery . Continue reading

ILONA OREL JEWELLERY

Like the sand of the azure deserts, like the long fluctuations of the swell of the seas, she grows with indifference, and her shining eyes are made of delicately chosen minerals. In this brilliant and symbolic nature where the angel mingles with the ancient sphinx, where all is only gold, steel, light and diamonds, shine forever for women to sublimate them.

Earth or Luna, a star whose Indo-European root means “to be luminous or illuminated”, it is also called the luminous one to designate both the star and the divinity. The earth turns to remind us of the meaning of life, here is the charm and beauty, like a kind of flower for the skin, which dances under an eye of diamonds so that the light carries a smile.

To offer a jewel to whoever wants love, is to drink the one or the other, depending on who you are, who is dying of the thirst to love. From the top of her heels, here is the feminine exterior, and I have never seen anything more grand and majestic than ILONA’s creations. Continue reading

TIFFANY AND CO

LVMH’s Tiffany reboot is working, delivering what the group called a “remarkable performance” in its third quarter results. Following its acquisition of the American jeweller in January 2021, LVMH lost no time in appointing a heavyweight management team, speed being a vital ingredient in successful . Continue reading

THE COUÉ METHOD

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s call for China to achieve common prosperity and narrow its wealth gap has had no impact so far on sales at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury group.

Analysts fear the policy, announced in August alongside a crackdown on “excessive incomes,” could deprive the luxury goods industry of its biggest motor. While shares of leading companies, including LVMH, fell sharply in the wake of Xi’s speech, the French conglomerate’s third-quarter sales suggest there has been little impact in its stores in China so far.

The luxury group posted revenues of 15.51 billion euros in the three months to Sept. 30, up 11 percent in organic terms versus 2019. Continue reading

LANVIN THE CHINESE SYNDROME

Fosun Fashion Group has a new name, Lanvin Group, and new investors who bring the valuation of the Chinese fashion conglomerate to more than $1 billion.

Armed with more capital and industry expertise, the Shanghai-based firm plans to push further into Asia and the U.S., and continue building its portfolio of premium and luxury brands.

Joann Cheng, chair of Lanvin Group, said Its latest funding round raised about $150 million and brought on board two strategic investors Japan’s Itochu Corp, and Chinese high-end footwear maker Stella International as well as private equity firm Xizhi Capital, but Fosun International Ltd remains stay the majority stakeholder. Continue reading

ST LAURENT IS BLACK

Saint Laurent is finally back and black on the official Paris Fashion Week schedule. Anthony Vaccarello’s narrow, elongated silhouettes for spring as emphatic as the Iron Lady, models filing in precise rows around a wall of scaffolding that blinked with lights and ultimately erupted with falling water. Continue reading

LA LA LAND SWISS

Swiss luxury watch brand Tag Heuer has tapped actor Ryan Gosling as its newest ambassador the first partnership signed by the Canadian actor starting today.

Tag Heuer chief executive officer Frédéric Arnault expressed his admiration for the actor, describing him as “true artist” who “dedicates himself to [his projects] like no other, not only shaping his character but the entire creative direction” and lauding his “sense of detail in every image.

As for Gosling, it’s the fact that the brand has consistently been a pillar of excellence in their field for the last 160 years.  It wasn’t until a visit to NASA while preparing for his portrayal of astronaut Neil Armstrong “First Man” that he started to appreciate the mechanical artistry involved in timepieces, and learned of Tag Heuer’s involvement in the space race John Glenn had used a Heuer 2915A stopwatch during his three orbits around the world in 1962.

VUITTON PARIS 2022

To close the Paris fashion shows, Vuitton decorated the Louvre’s Passage Richelieu with a sea of vintage chandeliers and told a story few have ever heard. The passage was used by Louis Vuitton himself to “reach the apartments of Empress Eugenie”  the wife of Napoleon III  “for whom he was the trunk maker.” Thanks to Nicolas for this kind invitation.