ZARA SECOND HAND AHEAD

With over 670,000 listings across major resale platforms, charity-linked discount finder Savoo identified Zara as the most popular secondhand brand. Aside from Nike, Adidas, H&M, Victoria’s Secret, Asos, Levi’s, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Chanel, other brands with high listings volumes are Nike, Adidas, H&M, Victoria’s Secret and H&M. Continue reading

ALESSANDRO MICHELE QUIT GUCCI

Is Gucci about to undergo a major transformation? Alessandro Michele is leaving the brand as creative director. According to a source who spoke anonymously, Michele “was asked to initiate a strong design shift” to revitalize the brand, but she didn’t.

In the past, Pinault has shaken up one of Kering’s key brands. In a surprise move last November, Pinault fired Daniel Lee from Bottega Veneta, despite his strong performance and critical acclaim.

Matthieu Blazy, who worked in Bottega’s studio before becoming creative director at Burberry, succeeded Lee at the brand. The artisanal roots of the brand have been returned by Blazy in just two seasons.

Continue reading

RAF SIMONS FINALLY QUITS FASHION

The Spring Summer 2023 collection is a conclusion of an extraordinary of 27 years journey and the final season of the Raf Simons’ Fashion brand. That was on the Raf Simons’s Instagram today.

Raf Simons has finally discovered that he has no talent to be a fashion designer. He said to his team: “Thank you all for believing in our vision and in me.” And if he had to tell the press something, he would surely say:

“Thank you for never having supported me” and I would have answered him: “If you had been a true designer we would probably have supported you.” Nevertheless, we wish you all the best for your retirement and you should know that we will not regret you. Same for your successor in dior Maria Grazzia.

This is the difference between a real designer and a fake one, the real one stays in his passion until his death. A Belgian story perhaps?

CHIVAS FOR A SHIVA

Alcohol is brown but reddens the face, while yellow gold always blackens the heart.  A whiskey to start seeing double like Gucci or see blurred to appreciate the “Wonder Toy” fashion in David yellowstone. After Evian by Balmain, the house really needs cash flow, it must sell something! So Evian water for Qatar is still better than whiskey forbidden to Muslims. A “Shiva” or nothing had confused the designer, confusing Chivas and Shiva, the god of the destruction of illusion and ignorance: it suits him so well.

Rousteing is like this sultan, who betrayed by his companion, is persuaded of the infidelity of all men. So he swears to conquer one of them every night and to have his head cut off the next day. For three years, this barbarism consumes the city, and to stop the course of this gay genocide, Whisky’s “Shérazade” proposes marriage to him, much to his father’s dismay.

But the son of the Vizir has more than one tale in his bag, and night after night, he maintains the interest of the king of kings of Quatar, he tells him that he was a dressmaker in another world, thus transforming Pierre Balmain into Pierre I’m no coward. What finally “turlute pine” him now is to be put in a coffin without alcove … Especially in case of sudden death! No ?

DIOR AND SANTA CLOSE

Harrods is transforming into a gingerbread world as Dior takes over its flagship store with a larger-than-life holiday takeover. In the absence of Santa’s Grotto at Harrods this year, who needs the North Pole contingent anyway?

There has never been a collaboration between Dior and a department store of this scale before, and this is Harrods’ largest brand takeover. A warm cookie brown, caramel, cinnamon and powdered sugar white replace the season’s usual red and green hues inside and outside Dior’s stores.

Christian Dior’s life and the evolution of the couture house are traced through an immersive experience. There is a 17-meter-high mega-star above the Brompton Road entrance, which is part of a lavish 3D display inspired by sketches by Roman artist Pietro Ruffo for the Dior cruise 2023 collection.

FERRAGAMO OR FERRAGAME ON

Marco Gobbetti has full confidence in Maximilian Davis’ design skills as he leads the Ferragamo turnaround. During the first nine months of the year, it has reached a 17.2% increase in revenues, the chief executive officer and general manager touted the success of Davis’ first collection, shown in Milan last September for spring 2023.

His style is now out in the open, he is an elegant designer, his clothes are elegant, and they have a high component of sexiness, said Gobbetti of Davis, who was appointed creative director of Ferragamo in March.

Gobbetti trumpeted continued growth in revenues in the third quarter, “ensuring especially the quality of sales throughout all our distribution channels” at full price. “We delivered progress in our operating profit and cash flow for the first nine months, while implementing the planned increase of marketing and communication expenses.

Continue reading

CELINE SPRING IN DECEMBER

Hedi Slimane may have been a little late unveiling Celine’s spring 2023 collection, but he will be way early with the collection he’s designing for fall 2024.

A fashion show will be held in Los Angeles, California, on Dec. 8 to unveil the fall 2023 collection over two months before New York, London, Milan, and Paris fashion weeks.

In the meantime, Celine’s spring 2023 collection will be showcased as a film to be streamed on its website and social media platforms sometime during November.

Filming for Celine’s spring 2023 collection took place in the south of France, but the exact timing and other details are not yet known. The exact location of Celine’s runway event in Los Angeles was not disclosed either.

Ralph Lauren, Dior, Louis Vuitton and Saint Laurent are among the brands that have mounted runway displays in California recently. Is Paris burning?

CHINA AND FRENCH BRANDS

For emerging designers and established brands alike, navigating China’s copyright protection system might seem like a daunting task. In China, your rights are protected as long as your trademark is registered. But in the U.S., Last month the French luxury label Louboutin successfully defended its red-sole stilettos from copycats without a trademark registration.

Article 6 of the Anti-Unfair Competition Law of China was readily applied because it addresses the scenario where the brand owner has not yet acquired a prior registered trademark in China.

Louboutin proved that its red sole shoes as a commodity and its sole red decoration have a high fame and influence in the market, and therefore protected its rights according to the Unfair Competition Law.

The rampage of bad-faith trademark squatters in the market, who are quick to snatch up any popular corporate names, signs and designs, then gain a profit from trademark buybacks, is another common issue that brands and creators face in the China market. Continue reading

BURBERRY LONDON 2023

Adventure begins in the face of unknown horizons. Burberry’s history has always been marked by the pursuit of opportunities in uncharted worlds. The company’s founder, Thomas Burberry, enabled the most daring adventurers of his time to go beyond the beaten path. From the explorers of the past to the pioneers of today, Burberry coats and jackets are for those who aspire to step boldly into uncharted territory.

Continue reading

ART AND HAUTE COUTURE

The world’s largest art gallery, Gagosian, denies talks with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. LVMH was rumored to be in discussions to invest in Gagosian, a Los Angeles mega-gallery founded by Larry Gagosian in 1980. However, a Gagosian representative vigorously denied the existence of any deal on Tuesday. The company declined to comment.

Continue reading

YE DON’T LIVE MATTER FOR ADDIDAS

“After a thorough review, the company has taken the decision to terminate the partnership with Ye immediately, end production of Yeezy branded products and stop all payments to Ye and his companies. Adidas will stop the Adidas Yeezy business with immediate effect,” it added.

The German sporting goods firm, which had come under growing pressure to renounce its seven-year partnership with the rapper formerly known as Kanye West.

It expects a short-term hit of up to 250 million euros to its net income as a result. Adidas does not tolerate antisemitism and any other sort of hate speech. Ye’s recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful and dangerous, and they violate the company’s values of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and fairness,” Adidas said in a statement.

MARINO AN ARTCHITEC FOR HANDBAG

The pitch-black handbag, with leather straps, nail heads, and medieval-inspired hardware, is not a wussie bag, Peter Marino deadpanned about Louis Vuitton’s Artycapucines collection.

 In a limited edition of 200, the handbag will be sold in Vuitton boutiques around the world by six contemporary artists. Each is priced at 8,000 euros.

Could it be a sculpture, or a handbag? he teased over the line from his New York office. I know at least three women who collect handbags and put them under glass.

At Paris+, the new art fair from Art Basel organizers, Vuitton will unveil its 2022 Artycapucines Collection. Vuitton has been appointed associate partner of the event, which runs from Oct. 20 to 22 at the Grand Palais Éphémère.

While visiting a 14th-century building in Venice, Marino discovered a medieval box with heavy straps and an odd locking mechanism that inspired his Artycapucines bag.

Continue reading