DONNA KARAN FRAGRANCE

The brand just relaunched its fashion business, and now it is launching a new fragrance collection. A quartet of eau de parfums dubbed the Cashmere Collection will be available at Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Macy’s and Dillard’s this month. Each scent is priced at $150.

It coincides with the relaunch of Donna Karan New York earlier this week, and is the first pillar introduced by licensee Inter Parfums Inc. The brand was previously under the Estée Lauder Cos.

Despite playing on the success of Cashmere Mist, one of the brand’s bestsellers, Inter Parfums didn’t want to debut the new collection as a flanker.

It was Madar’s goal to create a sense of warmth and layering when developing the scents.

YOU AND ME LVMH

Apostate, sectarian, iconoclast, and junk seller with a salary below the poverty line, come to LVMH. The search for young talents at LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton is expanding.

The world’s largest luxury group launched the third edition of its “You and ME” recruitment roadshow in Paris on Wednesday, attracting a record 3,000 participants to the opening day, but no one is saying how many candidates were recruited.

LVMH no longer really attracts, and to reach more potential candidates, LVMH publicized its initiative in the Paris metro and surrounded itself with more than a dozen influencers, to recruit modern slaves.

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MAISON MARGIELA 2024

K-WAY 2024

Fashion institutions have once again let one of the French flagships go abroad, because now the brand is owned by BasicNet S.p.A., an Italian company specializing in the sports and leisure clothing sector. This has just made a big splash with its collection in Milan which was truly an innovative collection and in the taste of all people today.

BALMAIN THE FASHION COLLECTOR

Balmain’s creative director, Oliver Rousteing, embarked on a daring journey, collecting fragments from various designers along the way. Show spectacle echoes Jeremy Scott’s Moschino, Daniel Roseberry’s Schiaparelli, and Colm Dillane’s Louis Vuitton (KidSuper). Although it’s a true fashion potluck, we have to wonder: did Rousteing lose his GPS in the world of couture?

It is in the 19th arrondissement of Paris that Olivier Rousteing has chosen to unveil his new men’s collection. One of the bimbos on the bus seeing the district asks her friend if she should bring her passport. Continue reading

DIOR DANCES WITH WOLVES

Kim Jones got a jumpstart fir his first full line of haute couture for men at Dior during the ready to wear. Inspired by Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev, who collected kaftans, kimonos and precious shawls that he enjoyed wearing in private.

To the dramatic strains of the “Dance of the Knights” from Sergei Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet,” from man to man.

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EXIT HANDOVER IN LVMH

Burke will succeed Toledano at LVMH Fashion Group. LVMH chairman and chief executive officer Bernard Arnault will work with Toledano as an adviser alongside his role at the Paris fashion school IFM after Toledano leaves the executive committee.

With the handover, LVMH completes one of the biggest guard changes in its history. The transition began one year ago when Burke stepped down as Louis Vuitton chairman and CEO after a stellar 10-year tenure, passing the baton to then-Dior chairman and CEO Pietro Beccari, who in turn was succeeded by Delphine Arnault.

The lord gathers his family around him, like the kings yesterday, but who will be the Kalif in place of the Kalif?

FENDI LUXURY SILKY SOFT

Fendi and a fall Fendi men’s collection that could be summed up as a hyper-luxurious edition. Fisherman coats, waxed field jackets and loden overcoats were treated with the Roman house’s inimitable finesse, the suede collars etched to resemble corduroy.

Meanwhile, super wide-wale corduroy pants were more plush than a bathrobe in a luxury spa, and loose, Wellington-style boots came in leather a real leather

FENDI LUXURY SILKY SOFT

Fendi and a fall Fendi men’s collection that could be summed up as a hyper-luxurious edition. Fisherman coats, waxed field jackets and loden overcoats were treated with the Roman house’s inimitable finesse, the suede collars etched to resemble corduroy.

Meanwhile, super wide-wale corduroy pants were more plush than a bathrobe in a luxury spa, and loose, Wellington-style boots came in leather a real leather.

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GUCCI VISION

The last two years have been a watershed. Kering began taking beauty back in-house in February 2022, and Richemont in September 2023 said it was building a Laboratoire de Haute Parfumerie, among other moves.

The homing in on beauty comes as luxury makers’ once red-hot trades in China and fashion, with its discretionary categories, cooled. But beauty has remained strong due to its ongoing growth, desirability, margins and resilience during challenging geopolitical and macroeconomic times.

Fragrance and cosmetics a big, fast-developing business, with’its products boasting high frequency of use. The category generated sales in 2022 of approximately $430 billion. Continue reading

A SMELL KARDASHIAN

The company, which also creates Ariana Grande’s eponymous fragrances, is teaming with Khloé Kardashian on a fragrance range that will launch in the latter half of 2024.

In business, I don’t look to loan my name out to someone. I’m really hands-on and controlling, which I take as a compliment, and this was the right fit.”

The success of Good American, the brand she cofounded with Emma Grede in 2016, also gave her the confidence to try something new.

Kardashian joins recent celebrity fragrance entrants, from Lionel Messi to Millie Bobby Brown and Beyoncé. Tony Bajaj, chief executive officer of Luxe Brands, said the company had been searching for another fragrance partner in recent years.

Noreen Dodge, chief marketing officer of Luxe Brands, didn’t comment on sales, but industry sources think the business could reach a first-year retail sales volume of $80 million to $100 million.Back to the year 1980 when they made perfumes for anyone and which today have completely disappeared.

ROLEX AND THE OTHERS

According to the French Competition Authority, Rolex has been ordered to pay 91.6 million euros (around 87 million francs at current prices) for prohibiting its authorized distributors from selling the watches online for more than ten years.

In a press release published Tuesday, the Competition Authority fined Rolex France, Rolex Holding SA, the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, the owner of the company (financially committed to the Aventinus Foundation, owner of Le Temps SA), as well as Rolex SA, for its capitalistic, organizational, and legal links. The fine is “accompanied by a communication and publication injunction”.

According to several sources, the crown brand is the most important player in the French market due to its notoriety and market share. Since the start of the year, France has been the eighth destination for Swiss watches, according to data from the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FH). Continue reading

THE THEATER OF FASHION

Despite her formidable workload as artistic director of Dior’s women’s collections, putting 200 small hands to work on her intimate collections, Maria Grazia Chiuri is working on a personal project to restore a historic theater in her hometown of Rome. She has to find something to do to retire.

The Teatro della Cometa, or Comet Theater, became dark as the black of his eyes and the designer purchased the 250-seat horseshoe-shaped hall in order to give it a second life. Thank you lord for your help.

An important part of Rome’s history, she called the investment “something to give back to my city, which I really love and also because it is a creative project.” She who spent most of her life in France and Caribbean.

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CHLOE AFTER AN ITALIAN A FRENCH MAN

Laurent Malecaze, chief executive officer of Dunhill since January 2022, is to take the management helm of Chloe.

As the architect of the Paris fashion house’s new business model based on purpose, sustainability and accountability, he succeeds Riccardo Bellini.

Chloé parent Richemont said Bellini's decision was made in full collaboration with the group to allow proper completion of his mission; and a smooth transition.

In his four years as president and CEO, the Italian executive recruited Gabriela Hearst to fast-track Chloé’s eco ambitions to B Corp status. He also found Hearst’s successor, Chemena Kamali, who is to stage her first fashion show during Paris Fashion Week next February. During Bellini’s tenure, Chloé grew both financially and creatively, according to Richemont.