FOOTWEAR NEWS THE WINNER IS

Footwear News, this year marking its 75th anniversary, presented its annual Footwear News Achievement Awards on Tuesday night .

André Leon Talley presented the Company of the Year award to Deckers, parent company of Teva, Hoka and Ugg. In his remarks, Talley pledged allegiance to the Ugg Boot. “I even have my own monogrammed Ugg boots, just so I feel unique. No one can take them in case I’m at the gym, but they are a size 18 so it’s not like they are going to fit everyone,” he said.

Christian Louboutin presented the Style Influencer Award to Cardi B, who he described as, “A hell of a woman, one of a kind. She stands and fights for what she believes in. She is a force, she speaks her own language…and is the opposite of politically correct.” Continue reading

MONCLER AQUIRE STONE ISLAND

Moncler SpA acquire Sportswear Company SpA, owner of the Stone Island brand. Carlo Rivetti, chairman and ceo of Stone Island, said the company’s headquarter in Ravarino “will remain the beating heart of the brand and a center of excellence that will be further enhanced and my team and I will continue, in our current roles, to do what we have been doing with great passion for many years.

The agreement was signed between Moncler and Rivetex Srl, a company referable to Carlo Rivetti, owner of a stake equal to 50.1 percent of Sportswear Company’s capital and other shareholders of SPW, referable to the Rivetti family, owners of a stake equal to 19.9 percent of SPW’s capital.

The agreement values Stone Island at 1.15 billion euros, corresponding to a multiple of 16.6 times 2020 EBITDA and a multiple of 13.5 times the estimated 2021 EBITDA. The consideration for the purchase of the shares will be paid in cash by Moncler.

CHLOÉ A SELF MADE WOOLMAN

Chloé took another big step in its transformation to a purpose-driven company by recruiting Gabriela Hearst already synonymous with sustainable luxury as its new creative director. She founded her namesake brand in 2015 on the principles of timelessness, quality and sustainability.

The appointment, revealed Monday, gives the Uruguayan-American designer an even larger platform for her eco convictions. Indeed, instead of praising Chloé’s legacy of free-spirited fashions, Hearst trumpeted founder Gaby Aghion’s “purposeful vision” and the company’s new commitment “to create a business that is socially conscious and in balance with our environment.

Hearst a forward-thinking woman whose creative leadership will be a positive force in further evolving and expanding the founder’s original vision and powerful femininity.

Hearst started her label in fall 2015 after taking over the operations of her father’s sheep ranch in Uruguay, and built a luxury women’s ready-to-wear and accessories business on the principles of timelessness, quality and sustainability. Among her raw materials is merino wool from the family farm. Continue reading

BALENCIAGA VIRTUAL GAME

What to Know About Balenciaga’s Hybrid Video Game Fashion Show, really nothing at all !.The brand is revealing its fall 2021 collection in a video game titled “Afterworld: The Age of Tomorrow.”

Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia is continuing his inclination for unusual fashion show formats with a first-of-its kind hybrid video game fashion show.

The Age of Tomorrow.” The video game is the latest unique format from the designer, who showed Balenciaga’s spring 2021 collection through a fashion film set to Corey Hart’s “Sunglasses at Night” and showed the pre-summer collection on a rainy Paris evening.

From what to expect during the video game to how to play, here is everything you need to know about Balenciaga’s video game fashion show. That’s it.

C LIKE CHENON SCEAU CHANEL

Chanel had hoped to invite 200 guests to creative director Virginie Viard’s first fashion show outside Paris, but a second French lockdown forced the brand to revise its plans. When visitors take a guided tour of the Château de Chenonceau, they are often intrigued by the interlocking C that appear throughout the castle.

The initials are those of Catherine de Medicis, the former queen of France whose portrait hangs above an elaborate carved stone chimney bookended by lions. But to 21st century eyes, they look similar to the Chanel logo.

Also known as the Ladies’ Château, Chenonceau has a history marked by a succession of powerful women, of which the Renaissance rulers, in particular, inspired the label’s founder, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Continue reading

COPYING BEAT OVEN

Camus said : “If you live with a lame person, you will soon be limping yourself”. Here are some sketches of hell on a splendid throne of Qatar, a parade of the mediocre that our decadent have spontaneously given birth to for the inexorable breakdown of the aesthetic and moral sense of sewing. In this adulterated universe swarming with small “designers” who, in the name of modernity, re-ingurgitate the work of their predecessors without having talent. The designer thinks he carries a needle like a sword, but it scrapes the stream and tirelessly copies his predecessors without having their genius.

It is a very sad profession; the one where one accepts that one without knowing how to assemble a tailor, without a little hand that works for him! It is a very strange profession to dub a mystifier who takes the ideas of some and mixes them with those of others to redo something old and new made by others. Apologize to Mr. Balmain, Mr. Givenchy, Mr. Guy Laroche, Mr. Montana and all those great designers who made fashion existing and what it is today, which you rapture in abundance. Continue reading

PHILIPPE CASSEGRAIN PASSED AWAY

Longchamp’s President Philippe Cassegrain dies of COVID-19 complications. Philippe Cassegrain, the designer of Longchamp’s famous Le Pliage bag, died in a hospital from COVID-19 complications, the French accessories house announced on Monday. He was 83.

Cassegrain held the title of president, and dedicated more than 60 years to the family-controlled firm. His father, Jean, founded Longchamp as a producer of tobacco pipe coverings. The company would go on to specialize in men’s leather goods from wallets to clutches made in its factories in France’s Loire Valley.

According to Lonchamp, Cassegrain was drafted by his father to advance the firm’s international expansion, sending him off to Asia, Africa and the U.S. in the fifties with Longchamp samples in his suitcase.

When he returned, he joined the business officially and helped his father in everything from creation and manufacturing to marketing and sales development. He took on the management helm in 1972, and introduced travel bags mingling nylon with leather. Continue reading

SIX MILLION EUROS FOR A HANDBAG

Luxury is a matter of money. Elegance is a matter of education. An Italian niche accessories brand, Boarini Milanesi, has just unveiled a hyper luxurious bag that retails for 6 million euros. How is that possible? The top-handle bag is crafted from alligator skin and festooned with 10 white gold butterflies studded with sapphires, diamonds and Paraiba tourmalines totaling more than 130 carats. Only three of the bags, which requires 1,000 hours of work to be completed, are to be produced.

Behind the astonishing opulence of the project lies a giving-back strategy. In fact, 800,000 euros from the sale of each bag will be donated to institutions dedicated to ridding the sea of plastics.

This decision is deeply linked to Boarini Milanesi’s cofounder Matteo Rodolfo Milanesi’s personal history, who wanted to celebrate the love for the sea of his father, who passed away when he was only a teenager. Continue reading

DESIGNER FRAGRANCES WHAT NEXT

Designer fragrances have had a storied history. Paul Poiret became a perfume entrepreneur in the early 1900s, while Gabrielle Chanel in 1921 introduced Chanel No. 5. Christian Dior started his storied perfume business with Miss Dior in 1947.

Yves Saint Laurent came out with Y in 1964. Norell, in 1968, “hit American department stores like a bomb,”. Halston by Halston launched in 1975. “In its second year, it made more money than the whole of Max Factor USA,

“Then came Opium in 1977, the blockbuster from Chantal Roos ,” YSL launch that channeled the brand’s essence of excess with everything from its provocative name, juice, advertising, bottle and launch party one year later on a boat moored in New York’s South Street Seaport, where vessels loaded with opium used to arrive from Asia. Continue reading

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.