CAVALLI FAUSTO COPY

Roberto Cavalli Has Found Its New Creative Director, Fausto Puglisi . Roberto Cavalli has zeroed in on its new creative director, according to sources here, who believe Sicilian designer Fausto Puglisi has been selected for the job.

This isn’t the first time Puglisi’s name is associated with the brand, as he was rumored to join the company back in 2017, but Paul Surridge ended up nabbing the role, succeeding Peter Dundas.

Surridge exited last year, and the collections have been designed by an in-house team since then. Things have changed this time around as Cavalli has a new owner, Hussain Sajwani, who is looking to relaunch the brand with the help of Puglisi, sources say. Continue reading

FIRST AWARD AT 42 YEARS OLD

The designer From the flat country, I mean from Belgium for uneducated people,  Tom Van Der Borght won the Première Vision Grand Prize at the 35th edition of the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography, which wrapped on Sunday, winning over a jury headed by designer Jonathan Anderson, founder of JW Anderson and creative director of Loewe.

In a break with its recent tradition of rewarding graduates fresh out of school, finealy. The Hyères jury selected a designer who is already established almost a retired fashion designer, It’s always better than Didier Grumler’s choices for his nights in Toulon. Van Der Borght started his fashion education at the age of 30 and established his label in 2013 after graduating from the Stedelijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Sint-Niklaas, a fashion school located between Antwerp and his home base of Ghent. Continue reading

MISHO APPLE PLACE TO HEAR

Misho, the jewelry brand designed by Suhani Parekh, is launching the pebble pod, a set of earrings that cradle Apple AirPods. The earring range stylishly helps keep Apple AirPods in place.

Parekh was inspired to create the earrings as a reaction to her life becoming increasingly digital due to COVID-19 and finding herself on the phone and in video meetings throughout the day. Rather than taking off her earrings all day to use headphones, Parekh created a solution that enables her have both style and technology at the same time.

The range takes its cue from the brand’s pebble ring range, with three styles that range from the more sculptural perfect for a Zoom call to a smaller minimal style meant for runs, a bike ride or another activity. Continue reading

ARNAUD SUPPORT LAGARDÈRE

Bernard Arnault has again upped his stake in Lagardère SCA, as a French commercial court is expected to wade into a battle between French industry titans for control of the embattled publishing and retail company.

Acting in concert, Groupe Arnault and Financière Agache, the holding company controlled by Groupe Arnault, together with a group of companies controlled by Arnaud Lagardère, chief executive officer of Lagardère, now jointly hold 15.01 percent of the capital of Lagardère SCA and 16.93 percent of voting rights.

The move, revealed by stock market regulator AMF in a filing on Tuesday, comes as a Paris court is set to rule on Wednesday on a request from Vivendi, a media group controlled by French billionaire Vincent Bolloré, and activist investor Amber Capital for an exceptional shareholder meeting, part of their bid to gain board representation. Continue reading

SINGLE DAY J’ADIOR

Dior Releases First Singles Day Capsule for China. For the first time, a top-tier luxury brand like Dior is releasing a capsule collection exclusively for the online shopping event.

With a record-breaking 83.6 million viewership for its spring 2021 collection in China, Dior is looking to cash in with the upcoming annual Singles Day shopping festival.

The capsule, which features accessories, a lambskin vanity bag with canework motifs, and Esperella shoes from its cruise collection, will be sold on Dior’s official website and WeChat store from Oct. 15

ZELLER LEAVES DELVAUX

Delvaux breaking news the artistic director is leaving the Belgian luxury house after three years at the design head, citing personal reasons. No immediate replacement named, studio team to oversee collections for the time being.

Collections will be designed by the studio team for the time being, with Delvaux adding that Zeller will continue to work with them in some capacity until the end of the year.

Chief executive officer Marco Probst offered his warmest thanks to Christina for her exceptional dedication and for the outstanding creativity that she brought to the company, and for the strong and unique identity she forged for it.

Zeller initially joined Delvaux in 2011 as image and product director, playing a decisive role in redefining the different collections as well as the company’s brand communications, Delvaux said. She took on the role of artistic director in 2017 and in January of this year she was also placed in charge of communications. Continue reading

PERFUMES AND THE WINNER IS

A variety of independent brands joined the likes of L’Oréal, the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. and Coty Inc., taking home several awards. Diptyque, for example, won both of the home fragrance categories, and Gucci took home three awards for three different scents. Kim Kardashian West even joined the webinar to accept her award for fragrance of the year: Popular.

Among the presenters were designer Jason Wu, Rob Smith, Cher, Lionel Richie and Wes Gordon of Carolina Herrera, each of whom introduced several categories.

Fragrance of the Year, Women’s Luxury: YSL Libre Eau de Parfum, L’Oréal, IFF, Anne Flipo, Carlos Benaïm. Continue reading

PUMA’S HELPS KERING

Kering is selling 8.8 million shares, representing 5.9 percent of Puma’s capital. Kering said on Monday it was selling about 8.8 million shares that it owns in Puma, representing 5.9 percent of the German sporting good-maker’s share capital, through a placement to qualified investors.

Since 2018, the group gradually reduced its stake in Puma after spinning off 70 percent of the company to its shareholders as part of a plan to refocus on its luxury division. That move left the Pinault family’s private investment arm Artémis with a 29 percent stake, and Kering with around 16 percent.

“The proceeds of this transaction will be used for the general corporate purposes of Kering and will further strengthen its financial structure,” the French luxury group said in a statement.

Kering’s share price has recovered to its levels at the start of 2020, after plummeting by as much as 39 percent in March as the coronavirus pandemic shut stores and brought factories to a halt. Continue reading

VUITTON SHOW ON ROOF TOP SAMARITAINE

It only took 15 years for Nicolas Ghesquière’s next runway venue to finally be ready: Louis Vuitton will cap off Paris Fashion Week on Oct. 6 with a fashion show at La Samaritaine.

Ghesquière will parade his spring 2021 women’s collection on the top floor of the not-yet-completed complex under a glass dome known as La Rotonde; while those tuning in to the livestream will have a completely different experience thanks to green-screen technology and other digital razzmatazz.

Nicolas’ goal is to create a connection with the guests, according to Vuitton. It is a fashion show that has been designed for digital, but based on a live experience.  Continue reading

SUKEINA OUTSIDER 2021

Omar spent his childhood traveling and living throughout Europe. Initially believing that words were the best way to communicate with the world he started studying film but later realized that he could tell more intricate and vibrant stories through fashion. “Clothing is a language within itself,” he says. Omar graduated from Parsons School of Design with a degree in fashion. In 2001, he started working for Sonia Rykiel in Paris and became Visual Director for the New York City office. He spent seven years with Madame Rykiel fostering a meaningful relationship with the designer. In 2010, he joined Christian Lacroix and spent two years with the house.

In 2012, the designer established his own fashion house called SUKEINA after his late mother, meaning “bright light.” “Light is what reconciles us with the value of everything, and without it, all goes missing,” the designer says. Omar’s passion for making women look and feel special along with a unique worldview shaped his approach to fashion in a way that is progressive, innovative, and powerful while still elegant. Continue reading