He has designed and created watches for some of the greatest names in modern luxury watchmaking, including IWC, Omega, Universal Genève, Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet. Gérald Genta is nicknamed by Christie’s the “Fabergé of watches

Gérald Genta was born in Geneva in 1931 to a Swiss mother and a father of Piedmontese origin. At the age of 20, he completed his studies in jewelry and goldsmithing and obtained a Swiss federal diploma. Recruited by Universal Geneva, he created the Polerouter model for the airline in 1954.

Gérald Genta has created many iconic watch models: Constellation for Omega (1959), Golden Ellipse for Patek Philippe (1968), Royal Oak for Audemars Piguet (1972), Ingenieur for IWC (1976), Nautilus for Patek Philippe (1976), the Pasha watch for Cartier (1985). Continue reading


A homicide verdict has been rendered in the death of Kathryn “Katie” Gallagher, an independent designer based in New York. Police officials at the New York Police Department said no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

According to the New York City chief medical examiner’s office, the death was caused by a combination of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, and ethanol intoxication.

A 35-year-old woman was found dead in her Lower East Side apartment on Eldridge Street on July 24. A few minutes before 9 p.m. on July 24, NYPD responded to a 911 call and found the designer unconscious and unresponsive on a bed in a bedroom, according to the police report that was filed last summer. There were no signs of trauma. EMS responded and pronounced Gallagher deceased.

Upon asking if Gallagher’s death was being investigated as a drug-facilitated theft, as one news outlet reported Friday, a NYPD spokesperson replied, “The investigation continues.” Continue reading


The quest for sustainable ingredients is picking up pace at L’Oréal. One of the world’s largest beauty companies announced Monday that it has invested in a Geno-led initiative to develop and commercialize biotechnology-based alternatives to key ingredients in beauty products.

A founding member of the initiative is Genomatica Inc., known as Geno, along with Unilever and Kao.

According to Barbara Lavernos, L’Oréal deputy chief executive responsible for research, innovation, and technology, Geno is among the most powerful biotech start-ups.

Geno develops sustainable materials from plant- or waste-based feedstocks rather than fossil fuels. A wide range of products are made from its materials, including cosmetics, carpets, performance foods, drinks, and home cleaners. Continue reading


In many member states, the European Commission conducted unannounced inspections of companies and an association involved in the perfume industry. A collusion investigation is being conducted regarding the supply of perfumes and fragrance ingredients.

According to the Commission, which did not reveal the names of the companies and associations it inspected, it has also sent formal requests for information to several companies in the same sector. But knowing that few companies produce perfumes we can easily guess which ones.

“The inspection and requests for information concern possible collusion in the supply of perfumes and fragrance ingredients,” the European Commission said in a statement. “Fragrances are used in the manufacture of consumer products, such as household products and personal care products.

The Commission stressed that these inspections do not imply that the companies are guilty and do not prejudge the outcome of the investigation.

In exchange for reporting the conduct and cooperating with the Commission throughout its investigation, companies that participated in a secret cartel may receive immunity from fines or a significant reduction in fines under the European Commission’s leniency program. Continue reading


Here is the most glaring contradiction of this new world of fashion, new status and pillar of popular culture, a show that anyone can follow or even practice by commenting for the most part without any knowledge. A large part of the audience on Instagram is dominated by fashionistas in slippers often having unemployed neurons.

However, they believe they have a true devotion, for fashion, not out of passion, but out of a desire to shine from Andy Warhol’s 15 minutes of fame. Some of them think they are indispensable, like the bimbo who works for 1,200 euros gross at LVMH, and who, with a business card with the “Vuitton” logo, thinks she is the top of the fashion week. One of them told me one day: “fashion is me! She was a saleswoman at Sephora. Continue reading


According to a study, the majority of Buyers leave the French capital. It was not until 508 that Paris became the capital of the Franks for the first time. And it is still the work of Clovis who resides in the thermal bath, as its name indicates, in Paris built by the Romans.

And despite the history of the capital, the fact is there, Russian, Chinese, American and Italian who represent 85% of the fashion buyers coming usualy in Paris during the Fashion Week, were on vacation this year. Since the French capital has begun works in the street it has made traffic more difficult and leds to heavy traffic and if you add strikes of all sorts plus garbages left on the pavements of the streets as well as a lack of services in the restaurants you discouraged people to come and work in Paris

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LVMH Mot Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s Perfumes and Cosmetics division has appointed Stephane Rinderknech chairman and CEO. Stéphane Rinderknech joined L’Oréal in 2001 in the United States within Travel Retail.

He oversees the group’s 15 beauty brands, grouped under Parfums Christian Dior, Guerlain, LVMH Fragrance Brands, and Kendo. Rinderknech also leads LVMH Hospitality Excellence, which includes Hôtels Cheval Blanc and Belmond Hotels. He remains a member of the group’s executive committee as well.

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In love with black, purity and cuts, the unpredictability is a substantial element of the dissymmetrical creation. It creates an effect of surprise favorable to the eye, and the ignorance of the public is an asset in the hands of the Georgian designer.

To this factor is added the anxiety of creating by the uncertainty of a non-repetition of acts, the anxiety is further increased when the designer immerses us in his structures and the memory of the mud and water of his last collection.

Sunday’s fashion show at the Carrousel du Louvre, the meeting place par excellence of the old school, where Jacques Mouclier wanted, in his time, to gather the whole profession in view of the traffic problems to come, but visionaries are never recognized in their time. The show went off without a hitch, as minimalist as possible with rows of black chairs in a long room lined with white canvas, a tool that workshops like for their test canvases.

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Coperni designers Sebastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant sought to create more impactful images by sending robot dogs down the runway, which led to a confrontation between model Rianne Van Rompaey and a quadruped that created a palpable sense of unease. After the plastic painting on mannequin a robot that undresses the mannequins.

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Intimacy. That’s what inspired Dries Van Noten’s fall 2023 women’s collection, which was dedicated to the love of clothes and cultivating relationships.Van Noten elevated dressmaker and mending details to the stage of Le Dôme de Paris (Palais des arts). Porte de versailles.

Some of the classics had special touches, such as a trench coat with gold paint rolled around the waist, as if it had been embellished by hand.

There were also feminine, lingerie-inspired pieces that contrasted with the masculine tailoring, including slipdresses embroidered with French lace or strapped with old necklaces, organza layered skirts with raw edges, and dusters with subtle floral prints over bra tops.

“We wanted pieces to look antique but not dusty,” he said, noting that a gold lamé floral was adopted from an archival piece found in a mill in Como, and another fabric was Continue reading


The Paris calendar is jam-packed with shows this season, so our backstage spy reporter will have more shows to cover, including big names like Christian Dior, Loewe and Givenchy as well as newcomers like Paco Rabanne and Y/Project. Daniel Roseberry’s Schiaparelli show is always a viral hit, and this season he’ll show ready-to-wear for the house for the first time. Wise very wise…

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As K-pop stars take over the front rows and crowds of fans follow in the streets, as well as guerrilla invitations aimed at the general public, fashion week draws bigger crowds every year. Organizers face unique challenges this season because of a nationwide strike called on the final day to “shut down the country.”

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