ROBERTO CAVALLI 2022 TIGER

Puglisi went wild with the tiger theme, perhaps a little too wild with the wicked, claw-like heels on pumps and the gorgeous metallic brocades that were slashed to smithereens. The designer cited a slipdress from the early Aughts worn by by Cindy Crawford as the springboard for the spring 2022 collection. Continue reading

VICTORIA BECKHAM LONDON 2022

It’s raining men and cats in Victoria Beckham. The spirit of escape and vacation, the joy of slipping into his suitcase, the shirt of his partner thrown on his swimsuit to leave on vacation again and again … A jacket tucked into suit pants, I like the idea that a couple can share their clothes in the right way, she who has the Bac and the Ham at the same time. The green atmosphere has virtues, because it allows to solicit the right and left hemispheres of the brain at the same time, to concentrate on something creative. But green is also the color of chance, of fate.

It represents what changes, what is not stable. Therefore, it represents both luck and bad luck. The gaming tables in casinos are covered with a green carpet, so that the players captivated by the game remain focused. Continue reading

MAISIE WILEN SPRING 2022

We are in the midst of a innerwear-as-outerwear, shorter-tighter, fetish-fashion moment the likes of which we haven’t seen since the ’90s. Making her New York Fashion Week debut Saturday morning at the Boom Boom Room, fittingly, Los Angeles-based Maisie Wilen designer Maisie Schloss was here for it. Continue reading

PARIS FASHION GEEK 2022

The next “Paris Fashion Week” will count 92 houses including: “Paul Smith”, a Frenchman from the “perfidious Albion”, and “Raf Simonstre”, who are making their comeback on the official calendar of the Federation of Haute Couture and Fashion, having no one else to invite but old-timers! Nine days of presentation, from Monday 27 September to Tuesday 5 October, will take place in the traffic jams of the Magot Queen. To begin with, a must-see Kenneth Ize, the Austrian-Nigerian designer and finalist of the Lord’s Prize, and the season will end with a dead man, Albert Elbaz, with a show of his very young fashion house AZ Factory, but between dead men, they recognize each other.

The other Christian Dior, Balmain, Hermès, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Chanel, Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton will be organising shows in person, but only the Florentines, shoe-shiners and Instagrammers will be invited for a return to the shows of yesteryear on the sly, and at this word alone, the bimbos will say: “Catimini, I love Italian cars”. Don’t forget the Fringant flop, which judges fashion in one minute. Continue reading

MOSCHINO FULL CONTROL

Aeffe SpA on Wednesday revealed that it was raising its stake in Moschino to take full control of the brand. Aeffe shares closed up 6.38 percent at 1.60 euros at the end of trading.

Aeffe already controls the Alberta Ferretti, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini and Pollini labels. “Moschino is strategic for us and this is an important step in our medium-long term growth strategy, Aeffe’s executive chairman Massimo Ferretti told . Having full control over the Moschino brand, we are now in the best conditions to manage all activities related to the brand’s value chain, from product to quality and with positive effects on image, distribution and communication.

The acquisition will allow Aeffe to take action in a more powerful way, and will help integrate all of the women's apparel collections into Aeffe. We will be able to manage the brand autonomously and decide its strategic positioning, explained Ferretti.

Aeffe’s manufacturing plant is in San Giovanni in Marignano, near the beach town of Italy’s Cattolica, on the Adriatic Sea. Continue reading

FRAGONARD LE ROUGE BERNARD

Fragonard, this month it opened a guest house, called Maison Fragonard, at 7/9 Rue du Palais in Arles with six bedrooms in three apartments each spanning one floor.

Three years ago, Agnès Webster, who serves as chief executive officer of Fragonard, and her sister purchased a collection of traditional Arlésien costumes from a friend of their mother's. They’d decided to create a museum to display them in an old mansion there, and then thought to open a 1,290-square-foot boutique in a house of numerous floors, also in Arles.

They had an idea for the floors above the shop: to make guest rooms that would serve the sisters when they were in town but otherwise be guest rooms decorated to show the brand’s art de vivre and interior decor. Continue reading

PHOEBE PHILO AND THE LORD

Phoebe Philo is returning to fashion with an independent, namesake house and with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton as a investor.

The acclaimed British designer would create clothing and accessories "rooted in exceptional quality and design," and would divulge more details about her new brand in January 2022.

With a powerful silent partner LVMH. I have greatly appreciated discussing new ideas with Bernard Arnault and Delphine Arnault and I am delighted to be embarking on this adventure with their support.

The designer has been keeping a low profile since exiting Celine at the end of 2017. In one of her first public projects, she signed on to be a juror for the 2021 ANDAM awards, which were presented in Paris earlier this month.

It is unusual, though not unprecedented, for LVMH to back a new brand. Its core expertise lies in animating heritage brands like Louis Vuitton, Dior and Fendi with buzzy designers, celebrity ambassadors, retail razzmatazz and spectacular press and client events. Continue reading

THE POWER OF HAUTE COUTURE

It is like a sun that suddenly breaks through the clouds to reveal a landscape where a city flooded with light in a second transforms everything without changing anything. Haute Couture transforms not reality, but the perception we have of it. At the first show, sometimes, suddenly, it bathes us with an irresistible ray, and with such force, that it makes us irremediably happy like a prick of the happiness needle. And there, apart from all aesthetic considerations, it makes your reality vibrate. This is how beauty and emotion come together in the evidence of a life sublimated by a dress that some people call the “Garment” but, forgive them Lord, they do not know what they are saying.

Beauty is enough to give meaning to this passing life. But, unfortunately, we live in a world where the beautiful and the ugly merge and we do not have the capacity to separate them, because some Men of the Court, who constitute it, wish to draw some substances that life imposes on them just to change their car. Continue reading

RICHEMONT ACQUIRES DELVAUX

Richemont acquires Delvaux, so Philippe Fortunato “a predestined name” and Managing Director of fashion houses and accessories at Richemont, hailed Delvaux’s heritage, know-how and exceptional manufacturing capabilities. The house’s rich archives and creative momentum over the past decade provide a solid foundation for the company’s long-term development, strengthening Richemont’s presence at the top of the global leather goods industry, putting a dagger in the side of the Lord of the Arnault, and that is not a Belgian story.

Founded in 1829, Delvaux is considered as the oldest luxury leather goods house in the world, the first to patent leather handbags in 1908, and the brand was one of the first luxury companies to introduce seasonality into its collections in the 1930s. Official supplier to the Royal Court of Belgium since 1883, it boasts an archive of over 3,000 designs, all of which are patented. Continue reading

MARCO GOBBETTI QUITS BURBERRY

Marco Gobbetti is stepping down as CEO of Burberry, and will leave his post at the end of 2021 after nearly five years on the job.

The company said Monday he is leaving to take up another opportunity "that will enable him to return to Italy and be closer to his family.

He will be taking up the role of general director and CEO of Salvatore Ferragamo.

The hunt is on for his successor, said Burberry, adding that Gobbetti will work with chairman Gerry Murphy to provide full support to the executive leadership team on an orderly transition.

At Ferragamo, Gobbetti will step into the shoes of Micaela Le Divelec Lemmi, who was appointed in 2018.

HANDBAG RENTAL

Kering Invests in Luxury Handbag Subscription Rental, a London-based subscription platform for luxury handbag rentals.

The business, which launched in November 2019, has completed a new funding round with Kering as the newest investor. Cocoon’s model is rental rather than resale, with customers choosing from a variety of memberships that currently give them access to more than 35 luxury brands including Gucci, Dior, Prada and Chanel. Subscribers choose from flexible monthly and quarterly plans, and can keep the bags for a set period of time.

The handbags arrive at customers’ homes packaged with personalized notes as if they were gifts, but they are not for sale. Instead, they’re on constant rotation, with styles updated and refreshed by the Cocoon team in step with runway and social trends.

Ceanne Fernandes-Wong, chief executive officer and cofounder of Cocoon, said that with Kering’s “incredible history, proven track-record of innovation and deep luxury knowledge, it’s fantastic to have investment from such a powerful market leader.” Continue reading