PARLUX AND JAY IS A MUDDLE

A fundamental disagreement about branding is emerging from Parlux’s suit against Jay-Z’;s company, S. Carter Enterprises.

Jay-Z appeared in court on Friday to testify in the case, which dates back to 2016, when Parlux Fragrances and its parent company, Perfumania Holdings Inc., sued the rapper and entrepreneur in New York state court. Parlux alleged it lost $18 million as a result of Jay-Z and his company pulling out of contractual obligations such as promotional appearances for his Gold Jay Z fragrance and the development of flanker scents.

The fragrance, Jay-Z’s first men’s scent, was scheduled to debut at Barneys New York in November 2013. Donald Loftus, then-president of Parlux Ltd. and executive vice president of Perfumania Inc., who left Parlux in 2018, said at the time, “we are going to make a big noise.”

On Friday, Parlux lawyer Anthony Viola pressed Jay-Z for hours about his Parlux contract, focusing on details related to the promotion of the Gold Jay Z fragrance. He maintained that he did not recall many of the details of the contract. Continue reading

SELFRIDGES LONDON CHRISTMAS

Selfridges department store is rolling out its Christmas decorations and window displays across stores in London.

Under the theme Christmas of Dreams, the windows draw inspiration from director and choreographer Busby Berkeley, 1930s Hollywood visions and classic technicolor film musicals from the 1950s.

The window displays, 29 in total, feature a burst of deep-pigmented colors, sparkle and surreal set design, using techniques such as trompe-l’oeil, cutouts, layering, scalloped frames and drapes.

Some windows feature one-off catwalk pieces and commissioned creations from designers such as Simone Rocha and 16Arlington.

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER ARCHIVES

Jean Paul Gaultier managing director Antoine Gagey calls the French house’s archive a goldmine. Now the brand is opening up that bounty to the public by renting out spectacular runway looks as part of a revamped website that will also sell selections of vintage, with the ultimate goal of reclaiming the resale business as an in-house venture. Slated to go live Wednesday, the site crystallizes the new thrust of the business with its digital-first distribution model.

A one-off couture collection by Chitose Abe of Sacai last July the plan is to invite a different guest designer each season was also a success. A three-way collaboration between Jean Paul Gaultier, Sacai and Nike on a Vaporwaffle sneaker sold out in a matter of minutes, while co-branded rtw items in tandem with the couture sold out in days. Continue reading

HERMÈS IN THE CHINESE TRAP

The French luxury firm posted revenues of 2.37 billion euros in the three months to Sept. 30, up 40.3 percent at constant exchange rates compared with 2019, considered a more reliable benchmark due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic last year, This represented an increase of 31.2 percent versus 2020.

But operating profit margin should be much lower than the 40.7 percent recorded in the first six months of the year, due to foreign exchange headwinds, higher employee costs and a lower contribution from leather goods.

The key leather goods and saddlery division saw organic sales rise 22.2 percent during the period, driven by sustained demand and significant deliveries during the quarter. Hermès opened a new leather goods workshop near Bordeaux in September, and several other production sites are in the works.

In the last month alone, it has reopened its store at the Istinye Park mall in Istanbul, and unveiled new boutiques at the Aventura Mall in Florida and in Shenzhen, China. In the long term, will Hermès Continue reading

J. AKEROYD NAME CEO OF BURBERRY

Versace chief executive officer Jonathan Akeroyd is returning home to the U.K., taking the top job at Burberry, the British company said Wednesday.

Akeroyd, 54, will succeed Marco Gobbetti, who was named CEO of Salvatore Ferragamo earlier this year. He will join Burberry on April 1.

Gerry Murphy, chairman of Burberry, described Akeroyd as ;an experienced leader with a strong track record in building global luxury fashion brands, and driving profitable growth. He shares our values and our ambition to build on Burberry’s unique British creative heritage and his deep luxury and fashion industry expertise will be key to advancing the next phase of Burberry’s evolution.”

Akeroyd served as CEO of Alexander McQueen from 2004 to 2016, and before that, he held a number of senior fashion roles at Harrods. Continue reading

MUGLER FOR EVER

From September 30, 2021 to April 24, 2022. Thierry Mugler offers himself a new international tour, this time in museums! After Canada, the Netherlands and Germany, it is the turn of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris to host the exhibition Thierry Mugler : couturissime. Continue reading

DGENA UPCYCLING 2022

You can find everything at the Samaritaine Including young talented designers who parade from the first to the last floor, under the applause of the public. Fashion comes down to the street with men and women of the street (non-professional models)! This famous Fashion Week, this cenacle asleep and protected by some to remain in dark hyper-protected rooms for VIPs where everything sells so quickly that nothing is sold in the stores because they are empty of creation and meaning.

Dgena brought fashion down to the street, in Les Halles, the epicenter of youth, under the Amazonian Canopy in Paris, that young people want to protect at all costs and on the district of the last department store of the Lord Bernard Arnault.

The originality of that young Designer: the 20 created pieces are from overcycling, more commonly called “Upcycling” (end of rolls, fabric scraps, building tarpaulins, clothes found in resourceries, including clothes from individuals) and made in the luxury standards of Haute Couture. With this collection, Dgena shows that it is possible to make Luxury with existing clothes and materials, donated or from the recovery . Continue reading

ILONA OREL JEWELLERY

Like the sand of the azure deserts, like the long fluctuations of the swell of the seas, she grows with indifference, and her shining eyes are made of delicately chosen minerals. In this brilliant and symbolic nature where the angel mingles with the ancient sphinx, where all is only gold, steel, light and diamonds, shine forever for women to sublimate them.

Earth or Luna, a star whose Indo-European root means “to be luminous or illuminated”, it is also called the luminous one to designate both the star and the divinity. The earth turns to remind us of the meaning of life, here is the charm and beauty, like a kind of flower for the skin, which dances under an eye of diamonds so that the light carries a smile.

To offer a jewel to whoever wants love, is to drink the one or the other, depending on who you are, who is dying of the thirst to love. From the top of her heels, here is the feminine exterior, and I have never seen anything more grand and majestic than ILONA’s creations. Continue reading

TIFFANY AND CO

LVMH’s Tiffany reboot is working, delivering what the group called a “remarkable performance” in its third quarter results. Following its acquisition of the American jeweller in January 2021, LVMH lost no time in appointing a heavyweight management team, speed being a vital ingredient in successful . Continue reading

THE COUÉ METHOD

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s call for China to achieve common prosperity and narrow its wealth gap has had no impact so far on sales at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury group.

Analysts fear the policy, announced in August alongside a crackdown on “excessive incomes,” could deprive the luxury goods industry of its biggest motor. While shares of leading companies, including LVMH, fell sharply in the wake of Xi’s speech, the French conglomerate’s third-quarter sales suggest there has been little impact in its stores in China so far.

The luxury group posted revenues of 15.51 billion euros in the three months to Sept. 30, up 11 percent in organic terms versus 2019. Continue reading

LA LA LAND SWISS

Swiss luxury watch brand Tag Heuer has tapped actor Ryan Gosling as its newest ambassador the first partnership signed by the Canadian actor starting today.

Tag Heuer chief executive officer Frédéric Arnault expressed his admiration for the actor, describing him as “true artist” who “dedicates himself to [his projects] like no other, not only shaping his character but the entire creative direction” and lauding his “sense of detail in every image.

As for Gosling, it’s the fact that the brand has consistently been a pillar of excellence in their field for the last 160 years.  It wasn’t until a visit to NASA while preparing for his portrayal of astronaut Neil Armstrong “First Man” that he started to appreciate the mechanical artistry involved in timepieces, and learned of Tag Heuer’s involvement in the space race John Glenn had used a Heuer 2915A stopwatch during his three orbits around the world in 1962.

CHANEL 2022

There are undoubtedly some paradoxes in wanting to deal with ethos in a century that has abundantly boasted of having liquidated the poetry of its vocabulary. In fact, the very term ethos refers first of all to contemplations, its cohort of outcasts, and all those Greek words swept away by the supposedly liberating breath of today’s society. This word is hardly used anymore in our country except as a mockery to indicate a pretentious and bloated style.

Life is like that and everything gives hope, because from its failures, from its pains, we keep the mortgage of our mistakes, and Carine Viard, each time a little more, advances to transform the brand with the two Cs, after a Karl thundering of radiation, she will finally shine in the shadow of the house.

The last dresses like butterflies, silk fans as Gérard de Nerval might have said, dresses that unfold in azure colors like the golden wings of Lepidoptera, tiny wings of sailboats mistreated by the wind, superfluous petals that wander through the gardens of the Champs-de-Mars and end the presentation in beauty.

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DGENA THE STREET WAVE

You can find everything at the Samaritaine! Including young talented designers who parade from the first to the last floor, under the applause of the public. Fashion comes down to the street with men and women of the street (non-professional models)! This sacrosanct Fashion Week, this cenacle asleep and protected by some to remain in dark rooms hyperprotected for VIPs where everything sells so quickly that nothing is sold in the stores because they are empty of creation and meaning. Dgena, yesterday afternoon, brought fashion to the street, in Les Halles, the epicenter of youth, under “La Canopée” that young people want to protect at all costs and on the square of the last jewel of the Lord of Arnault, the young designer presented the last 20 models from Upcycling.

The originality of this one: all the pieces created are from overcycling, more commonly called “Upcycling” (end of rolls, fabric scraps, building tarpaulins, clothes found in resourceries, including clothes from individuals) and made in the luxury standards of Haute Couture. With this collection, Dgena shows that it is possible to make Luxury with existing clothes and materials, donated or from the recovery . Continue reading