A THEFT WITH A BAD TASTE

Hermès luxury brand bags were stolen from manufacturing workshops in the Bordeaux suburbs for a damage of several hundred thousand euros, the gendarmerie said Friday.

The damage is being estimated by Hermès”, this source indicated, confirming information from South West France.

The burglars broke in during the night from Thursday to Friday by making a hole in a wall of the luxury group’s temporary manufacturing workshops in Ambarès-et-Lagrave, according to the gendarmerie.

The safety system at this manufacturing site was not as advanced as in the future saddler-manufacturer’s factory, which should open in 2020 in Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, north of Bordeaux. Continue reading

JACQUEMUS LONDON FASHION AWARDS

It is not yet 30 years since he has already marked with his name the very select world of fashion designers. Simon Porte Jacquemus is the designer who never stops climbing and whose celebrities are mad of his clothes and accessories. But his talent is also and above all recognized by his peers. The proof is in the fact that he is nominated for two awards at the upcoming London Fashion Awards. The prestigious event will be held on Monday, December 2 at the Royal Albert Hall.

Every year since 1984, the jury of the British Council, the international British agency responsible for educational exchanges and cultural relations, has met to reward the houses, designers and models who have distinguished themselves over the past twelve months. For this 2019 edition, French designer Simon Porte Jacquemus is part of the selection. He was nominated in two categories: Brand of the Year (alongside Gucci and Prada, among others) and Accessories Designer of the Year. Continue reading

HERETIC LAUNCHES DIRTY VIOLET

The drag artist and burlesque performer is the latest muse to partner with Heretic, a genderless fragrance brand whose scents are made with naturally derived ingredients and do not contain synthetics. Heretic previously unveiled a scent with burlesque star Dita Von Teese. Called Scandalwood, the scent also came in the form of a striptease candle that showed Von Teese in various states of undress.

Today, Heretic launches Dirty Violet, an eau de parfum with notes of, fittingly, violet leaf, jasmine sambac, patchouli, cedarwood and labdanum. The composition, said Chachki, makes for a genderless scent that embodies what she typically gravitates toward.

Chachki’s Heretic campaign shoot was inspired by John Willie, the pseudonym of John Alexander Scott Coutts, a subversive illustrator from the Thirties. Coutts was also the publisher of Bizarre, an underground magazine centering around BDSM and fetish. Continue reading

THE 200 BILLION DOLLARS MAN

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s market capitalization shot past the 200 billion euro mark Monday, closing at 397.50 euros per share. The market capitalization of French rivals Hermès International and Kering, meanwhile, stood at 68.85 billion euros and 65.56 billion euros, respectively. Swiss-based Compagnie Financière Richemont trailed behind its French competitors, with a market capitalization of 41.52 billion Swiss francs, or 37.77 billion euros.

Recently, investors seem to have shrugged off disruption to the LVMH’s business in Hong Kong an important market for high-end goods over the third quarter. Looking to grow further, the group has offered $14.5 billion for Tiffany & Co. The outcome of the bid remains uncertain, however, even if no counter offers have emerged. Continue reading

IT’S MAKES SCENTS

The lors opened for Celine a store in Paris dedicated to its new line of niche perfumes, and the space is as art-centric as its clothing boutiques.

Works by Luisa Gardini, Rochelle Goldberg, Camilla Reyman and Søren Sejr are dotted throughout the store located at 390 Rue Saint-Honoré, whose design mirrors the Art Deco influences in the perfume bottles designed by Celine’s creative director Hedi Slimane. Continue reading

QUEEN FASHION HALLOWEEN

In the 20 years that Heidi Klum has hosted her annual Halloween party, the infamous “queen of Halloween” has always kept spectators guessing what outlandish costume she’s going to wear.

This year, Klum gave fans a peak at her Halloween transformation, camping out at the 34th Street Amazon Books store’s windowfront all day Thursday where spectators witnessed the hours of makeup and prosthetics applications that transformed the German model into what she later explained as a bionic alien.

Klum’s grand entrance began at precisely 11:23 p.m., where she arrived at the new Cathédrale Restaurant in East Village with husband Tom Kaulitz in a hazmat truck. On the red carpet, she hissed and clawed at cameras, showing off her costume’s organ-like prosthetics, stitching and wires. Continue reading

DESIGNER MACCARI STEPS DOWN

The Michael Maccari era at Perry Ellis has come to an end. In a surprise announcement Tuesday morning, the company said Maccari, who had headed the creative efforts of the brand since 2013, has resigned to “pursue other opportunities.”

Oscar Feldenkreis, chief executive officer of the Miami-based company, said Maccari is “a great guy and did a lot of great things for the brand. He was instrumental in getting Perry to where we are today. We wish him the best of luck.”

Maccari, who was fashion director and senior vice president of design for Armani Exchange, also worked at Polo Ralph Lauren, J. Crew, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan New York before joining Perry Ellis. He is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology. He could not be reached for comment on his future plans. Continue reading

ABASI AND ROSBOROUGH

Abasi and Rosborough lost touch for several years following school. They reconnected three years later over coffee and an idea Rosborough had formulated.

While working at Ralph Lauren, Rosborough had asked the senior Italian tailors how they thought the men’s suit would evolve over time, and what it might look like in 50 years. The tailors told him that the suit was perfect, and it would never change. As a young designer just beginning his career, Rosborough found it confounding that in his entire lifetime as a designer, the hallmark of menswear, the suit, would not change. Continue reading

KIM AND VIRGIL A RACES

Kim Jones likes to think of himself as low-profile, but scroll through his Instagram account, and you’ll find images of the designer with Donatella Versace, Kate Moss, David Beckham or Naomi Campbell  all people he considers close friends.

With 701,000 followers  twice as many as when he joined Dior as men’s artistic director in April last year Jones still lags behind fellow designers like Versace (4.7 million followers) or Virgil Abloh (4.4 million), but more than makes up for it in influence.

So many VIPs attended his debut show for Dior in June 2018 that the brand struggled to find front-row seats for top editors. The guest list included Moss, Campbell, Robert Pattinson, Bella Hadid, Kelly Osbourne, A$AP Rocky, Victoria Beckham, Christina Ricci, Joe Jonas, Lenny Kravitz and Russell Westbrook. Continue reading

BREAKFAST AT MELANIE’S

The Lord of luxury is looking at acquiring the famous American jeweller “Tiffany”, known for its engagement rings and diamonds, but also its precious stones. The house, which has the world on the horizon, and many paths that remain to be explored through the shadows of luxury, to the edge of the night, but above all, until the stars are finally all lit by all the diamonds of the earth, continues its colonisation.

Breakfast at Melanie , and a few days earlier, we were wondering how the Lord could bear the company of this uncultivated Donald Trump! He says of François Pinault that the only diploma he has to his credit is his driving licence, so we can imagine what he has to say about Trump Avenue Montaign. Continue reading

VUITTON LONDON NEW STORE

It’s like a gallery in here, the swanky top floor of Louis Vuitton’s refurbished, brightly lit New Bond Street store in London, which is wall-to-wall with color-drenched works by artists including Jim Lambie, Tracey Emin.

“It’s like a nightclub in here,” said Delevingne, who attended with her husband James Cook and who recalled the first party, too. “I used to collaborate with Louis Vuitton when I was a wee little thing,” said the model and actress. Continue reading

SOPHIE LABBÉ JOINED FIRMENICH

Sophie Labbé has joined Firmenich as principal perfumer of the fine fragrance team, based here. She spent the last 27 years of her career at IFF, creating scents for brands including Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Ferragamo, Nina Ricci, Versace and Yves Saint Laurent.

“In recent years, we have been transforming our fine fragrance team to prepare for the future and anticipate new market demands,” Jerry Vittoria, president, fine fragrances worldwide at Firmenich, said in a statement. “Sophie Labbé’s talent is recognized by all our partners, and her vast experience across international markets will help ensure our longterm sustained leadership in fine fragrance.”

“Like many perfumers, joining the team and accessing its unique palette of ingredients remains a career dream,” Labbé said. “I was also deeply impressed by the company’s commitment to greater environmental and societal respect, and its creative strength through innovation.” Continue reading

PARIS TEXAS AND VUITTON

Nicolas Ghesquiere, creative director of Louis Vuitton, branded Donald Trump a “joke,” just days after the U.S. president visited the fashion company’s new leather workshop in Texas.

French fashion designer Ghesquiere, creative director for Louis Vuitton’s women’s collections, posted an image of Evelyn Thomas’ 1984 hit “High Energy” on Instagram alongside the caption: “Standing against any political action. I am a fashion designer refusing this association #trumpisajoke #homophobia.”

It comes after Trump visited the company’s new leather workshop in Johnson County, Texas, on Thursday. The site is part of LVMH’s commitment to create 1,000 jobs in the region as part Trump’s Pledge to America’s Workers initiative, the Business of Fashion reported.

Louis Vuitton and its parent company LVMH have not responded to Ghesquiere’s comment. LVMH’s billionaire owner Bernard Arnault stopped short of calling Trump a friend at the factory opening but acknowledged that the two had known each other since the 1980s, Continue reading

SHANGHAI FASHION GREAT PROSPECTIVE

According to the Shanghai Fashion Week committee, Shanghai had its best season to date. More than 60,000 designers, editors, buyers and creatives gathered there to showcase the latest fashion and ideas and explore what role they can play in the world’s largest fashion and luxury market.

Shanghai hosts the biggest fashion week trade show business in Asia. Some 101 brands showed on schedule and more than 1,700 brands participated in seven of the official showroom and trade show events this season. Each event  Mode, Ontimeshow, Showroom Shanghai, DFO, Tube, Alter and Not Showroom.

While the majority of the business in Shanghai caters to the mass market, some brands managed to attract attention from top buyers from big cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Buyers from second and third-tier cities such as Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan, Changsha, an, Zhengzhou, Taiyuan are also on the rise, though these markets have very different tastes. Continue reading