THE WALKING DEAD

Actor Christian Serratos is best known so far for her role in “The Walking Dead,” but she’s about to become a lot more recognizable to the masses when she takes on the role of Selena in Netflix’s upcoming “Selena: The Series,” which premieres on Netflix Dec. 4.

She attended the American Music Awards Sunday night, wearing a Tom Ford gown and Forevermark jewels selected for her by her “Designer” .

As a stylist when you fall in love with something, you hope that the right girl and the right event comes along so that you can get the dress and style it. And she was the right girl. She’s stunning and I think Tom Ford noticed how stunning she was. It just felt right; she feels like the Tom Ford aesthetic. It was a really good collaboration.

A FLAVOR OF NEWS

Puig Acquires Majority Stake in Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury became the latest founder to score a billion-dollar beauty deal when Puig agreed to buy a majority stake in her business for what sources said was about 1.2 billion pounds. BDT Capital Partners also bought a stake in the business. For fragrance-focused Puig, the acquisition furthers exposure to the color cosmetics category, which the company has played in with Christian Louboutin Beauty and Carolina Herrera’s makeup line. The Charlotte Tilbury business also has an expanding and successful skin-care component, and was growing quickly even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Multiple strategic buyers, including the Estée Lauder Cos., were said to have looked at the business. Continue reading

SNEAKER IN GOLD

Fans of Balenciaga’s Track.2 sneaker can now buy a limited-edition sculpture of the shoe, part of a new category named Objects produced outside of the Paris-based label’s fashion collections. Only 20 of the metal sculptures, shaped like a size 41 sneaker, are available in Balenciaga stores and on its web site priced $5,750.

The sculpture is made in Italy with 16 cast brass pieces that are soldered and coated with palladium. Further objects, ranging from collectibles to items for everyday use, will be introduced individually throughout the year.

Saint Laurent, which like Balenciaga belongs to French luxury group Kering, began diversifying into limited-edition objects last year with the opening of its Rive Droite concept stores in Paris and Los Angeles, selling everything from yoga mats to Saint Laurent-branded condoms.

After transforming the stores into museums, the Fashion Brands transforms the accessories for the museums.

LOCKDOWN OVERSIZED ME

When designers showed their fall collections they had no idea we would be sequestered at home in our leisure wear for the foreseeable future.

Per usual, they paraded models down the runway in gorgeous gowns and sky-high heels, tailored suits and pointed boots. But one thing they did get right for fall 2020 is the oversized look. Continue reading

WINES FOR CHRISTMAS 2021

The Grands Crus de France are truly the showcase of the excellence of French viticulture. Indeed, it is with these wines that the whole world can perceive the exceptional character of the terroirs and the know-how of our winegrowers, our oenologists and all the people who make up the fabric of France’s winemaking world.

From the 13th century through the 17th and 18th centuries, most of the wines of France enjoy an outstanding reputation! Cheval Blanc in Saint-Emilion, Petrus in Pomerol, Yquem in Sauternes, Margaux, Latour in Pauillac, Haut-Brion in Pessac-Léognan, to name but a few, find their names mentioned in numerous historical collections.

Margaux is one of those jewels that adorn the crown of Bordeaux’s great growths. Situated on the left bank of the Gironde river in the wine region of the Médoc, this appellation of more than 1450 hectares, includes 21 grands crus classés in 1855. Continue reading

YANNICK MACHADO

Perfectly constructed, superbly embroidered, he announces it himself, one is never better served than by himself. “I would like to give women the opportunity to show their strength, not their power”. So here is a chapter for a label that is Chinese whereas it should be French and be part of Chambre Syndicale. Yannick Machado, half Italian and half French with a hint of Portuguese, is a hardened bachelor who loves wedding dresses. Who knows why? Continue reading

THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO

Egypt-Based Okhtein Branches Into Eyewear, Retail. The brand is looking to grow from a handbag label into a lifestyle one and expand its international footprint.

Accessories label Okhtein has become a star in its Cairo, Egypt, Now the label is broadening its ambitions, with the aim of growing from a handbag label into a lifestyle one by way of a new eyewear category.

The sunglasses seemed like a good transition to play around with, and to display the strength of the brand identity.

Their brass minaudière bags have been gaining more visibility internationally and catching the eye of major celebrities including Beyoncé and Cardi B, while select international retailers such as Browns and Selfridges have picked up the label.

The company’s sunglass launch saw immediate traction, with one style even making an appearance in Balmain’s latest men’s wear campaign featuring the Colombian superstar Maluma.

NO MATTER WHO WINS FOR EU

No matter who wins Tuesday’s presidential election, the future will most likely remain challenging for British and European firms looking to do business with the U.S., according to Allyson Stewart-Allen, who argues that domestic issues will dominate the agenda in a Joe Biden, or a second Donald Trump, term.

Since Trump took office, the U.S. has been seen as a much more nationalistic and isolationist place: The messages around ‘America first’ and ‘Make America great again’ are about prioritizing the U.S. before any other place or country.

You see it a less attractive place possibly to want to hire people, set up offices, and create jobs if you are a non-U.S. company. All of that isolationism is bad for the American economy and bad for the world. Continue reading

JOHNNY ZHOU

Vice President of the Grace Chen fashion house, having worked in Sydney for the Schenker company, a division of the German rail operator, Deutsche Bahn
Johnny Zhou was previously in logistics for Bax Global. This young Chinese executive graduated from the Australian Graduate School of Management and soon this art lover turned to fashion as a natural choice. Behind a successful brand, there are always men in the shadows.

Athletic, he could be an actor in a Wong Kar-wai movie, and with his costume from one of the best French designers, he would not denote if he came to Paris for Fashion Week. A fan of sleepless nights of work, this globetrotter embodies the fury of extreme oriental living. With the look of an aristocrat, he is in couture as he could be a hero of Marguerite Duras. Continue reading

MIU MIU ICONS CAMPAIGN 2021

Miu Miu Launches Icons Campaign Revealing Pre-spring 2021 Collection. The Italian fashion house on Oct. 29 will launch the holiday 2020 ad campaign called Miu Miu Icons, fronted by seven diverse artists, embodying women’s polyhedric personalities and talents.

The campaign will also reveal the brand’s pre-spring 2021 collection, aligning it with its delivery in Miu Miu boutiques, specialty stores and on Miumiu.com in early November.

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CHINA VIEW

Betty Bachz, cofounder of British eyewear brand Møy Atelier, said she has been seeing a lot of oversized sci-fi-inspired eyewear designs in China, priced at the accessible $200 mark. The brave new world may already be upon us, the future is now.

The futuristic-looking design comes with a one-piece lens design and a fluid oversized titanium frame that stretches across the forehead with triangle patterns Hadid commonly used in her works in China. If you are wearing this piece in a strong wind, you would see you are not only in style, but it functions like a windshield. This piece and three additional commercial styles will be available beginning in February in selected stores. Continue reading