THE EMPEROR OF LUXURY HONORED

This week, France’s Emperor of Luxury, François Pinault, received France’s high distinction, the “Dignité de Grand Croix” in the “Légion d’Honneur”.

Last November the Italian government honored Pinault for his support for Italian luxury brands and his contribution to modern art, namely through his Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana in Venice.

Pinault founded the luxury conglomerate Kering, whose portfolio includes Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga. The company is now managed by his son François-Henri Pinault.

The “Legion d’Honneur”, or Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur, is the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits, established in 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte. Continue reading

OH MY GOGH

Louis Vuitton unveils a new collection of bags and accessories designed with the artist In recent years, Louis Vuitton has affirmed its engagement with the world of art through a series of high-profile collaborations with the most influential artists of our times.

In the French House’s latest collaboration, Louis Vuitton is working with the New York-based artist Jeff Koons to create a new range of bags and accessories to be launched on 28th April.

One of the most widely recognised figures in contemporary art, Koons has brought imagery from his long-standing ‘Gazing Ball’ paintings a series of large-scale hand-painted reproductions of works by the Old Masters to a range of Louis Vuitton products. His re-creations of masterpieces by da Vinci, Titian, Rubens, Fragonard and Van Gogh have been transposed on to such iconic Louis Vuitton bags as the Speedy, the Keepall and the Neverfull. Continue reading

RIHANNA RE-INVENTS CHOPARD

The inspiring new collection of Chopard is built on the singer’s island roots Rihanna, mixing nods to the lush gardens of Barbados with the electricity of Carnaval.

“Rihanna and I collaborated closely on the collections, so you can feel her unstoppable energy, strong creativity and inherent sense of design in every piece”. “With her unique style, she redefines the way people see and wear jewelry.”

A nine-piece fine jewelry capsule also codesigned by the singer, and limited to 2,000 per design, will enter Chopard boutiques internationally in June. Offering a more minimalist, graphic direction, the line will be available for pre-order in Chopard boutiques and on the brand’s web site. Continue reading

MASSIMO LEAVES PUCCI

Massimo Giorgetti leaves his role as creative director of Emilio Pucci. The designer says he is leaving the LVMH-owned fashion house to focus on the growth of his own contemporary label, MSGM.

Giorgetti, hailed as one of the most promising young designers, was appointed creative director of Emilio Pucci in March 2015, succeeding Peter Dundas.

“This experience with Emilio Pucci, one of the most representative and historic brands in fashion was an inspiring journey, which has also contributed to my professional growth. Today my brand needs more and more of my attention and all my energy. I would like to thank Laudomia Pucci, the LVMH group, Mauro Grimaldi and all of the Emilio Pucci team, for supporting me in the beautiful adventure,” says Giorgetti. Continue reading

BULGARI THE MOST IMPORTANT MOMENTS

Last Friday, Carlo Calenda, Minister of Economic Development inaugurated the new Bulgari manufacturing plant and offices in Valenza, the historic jewelry hub located between Milan, Turin and Genoa. The Minister of Economic Development, Carlo Calenda stated that “International investments do help Made in Italy”.

When Bulgari was acquired by LVMH in 2011, Italian media worried about a possible decamping of talent and creativity outside the country. However last year Italy registered “record exports” of 417 billion euros, or $459 billion at average exchange, which were “drivers of development, showing what Italian and international entrepreneurs can do.” Continue reading

ISSEY MIYAKE IN MILANO

Issey Miyake has inaugurated yesterday its first Italian flagship. Located in Milan on Via Bagutta, the 5,381-square-foot store is the first commercial space to open in 19th century Palazzo Reina, which was recently restored by a real estate firm.

“It’s exciting to see the synergy creating between the historic building and the Issey Miyake collections,” said Issey Miyake designer Yoshiyuki Miyamae, who highlighted that the Milanese flagship carries seven of the company’s lines, including the Issey Miyake label for both men’s and women’s, as well as Pleats Please Issey Miyake and Bao Bao Issey Miyake. “It’s a wide offering and it will be fun to see how customers will mix the different labels.” Continue reading

BALENCIAGA

Lionel Vermeil is back at Balenciaga, as director of communication and image, effective Tuesday. He continues as director of fashion and luxury intelligence at Kering, Balenciaga’s parent, a role he’s held since September 2014.

Vermeil had been director of communications at Balenciaga between 2007 and 2014. In his expanded role, he is to define the communication strategy and image in concert with Balenciaga’s artistic director Demna Gvasalia.

He reports to Balenciaga chief executive Cédric Charbit and joins the house’s executive committee.

The top communications job has been vacant since mid-2015 when Demetria White rejoined Nike as senior director of global communications. Continue reading

JUNKO SHIMADA 伎 IN FASHION

In transit at the Palais de Tokyo today, Junko Shimada literally delivers a collection picked up from her suspended garden between Paris and Tokyo.

Lover of joyful contrasts Junko Shimada makes everything rhyme, day and night, long and short, hot and cold, matte and shiny. Enjoying the delightful shifts, she brings together the cool and the chic, the city and the countryside, the simple and the rich …

Perfecto suits, impeccable overcoats, pencil skirts in woolen cloth stripes, marine sneakers exacer- bated by sinuous pythons. Pristine crepe blouses and dresses with black pleated ridges. Continue reading