Casting a wide net, Chanel has lined up 10 celebrities for its new J12 watch campaign that launches Monday. The approach is intimate, however, offering a peek into their personalities through snippets of conversation about time and life moments punctuated with the occasional flash of the latest version of the ceramic timepiece.

“It’s all about seconds,” is the catchphrase. Nine women are featured Keira Knightley, Carole Bouquet, Liu Wen, Anna Mouglalis, Ali MacGraw, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Vanessa Paradis and Lily-Rose Depp and one man: William Chan.

“A second is a second and a minute is made up of 60 seconds and an hour is 3,600 seconds so it’s something that is very objective and universal. Yet, we have all had extremely different, personal and unique experiences with time,” said the executive, swiping through images and films of the stars on a tablet screen. Continue reading


Hermès International clocked a brisk 15.5 percent rise in first-quarter sales, gaining momentum thanks to a lift from the label’s growing popularity in China, as well as an extra boost from currency swings.

Sales for the quarter were 1.61 billion euros, an 11.6 percent rise at constant rates, adding to evidence that high-end consumption remains firm with the all-important Chinese consumer.

Analysts were concerned at the start of the year that a flare-up in trade tensions between China and the U.S. could dampen the Chinese appetite for luxury goods, but recent results posted by the sector’s dominant groups LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Kering have showed strength in that market, helped by government measures to promote consumption in the Mainland. Continue reading


Kendall Jenner has made her first investment in the beauty space, an oral-care brand called Moon. Moon is meant to be an elevated take on oral care, with products made from natural ingredients and with upscale packaging. Beach House Group would not comment on financials, but industry sources estimate that the line, in which Jenner is said to have equity, could do $30 million to $35 million in annual retail sales in its first year.

Jenner’s involvement began after Shaun Neff, who joined Beach House Group as a co-owner in 2016, reconnected with Kris Jenner to discuss potential business opportunities for her daughters.

Neff joined Beach House Group, which was cofounded by beauty industry veteran Ido Leffler, to help connect the business with influencers to co-create brands with. Continue reading


Louis Vuitton’s trio of new fragrances has a Los Angeles connection in more ways than one. Nearly three years after dipping back into the world of scent, the luxury label is collaborating with L.A.-based artist Alex Israel, who designed the fragrances’ outer packaging. The boxes come in saturated yellow, green and blue, with renderings of a sun, cactus and wave, respectively.

Israel’s work also adorns two monogram Vuitton travel cases created to hold the perfumes, plus a shopping bag  each available in limited editions. Continue reading


Founded in Frankfurt am Main more than a century ago, Messe Frankfurt has established itself as the world’s largest trade fair organizer with a turnover of more than 715 million euros.

The company, jointly held by the city of Frankfurt and the Federal State of Hesse, has held a quasi-monopoly on sustainable fashion fairs for almost a decade. It acquired Paris-based Ethical Fashion Show and Berlin-based Greenshowroom in 2010 and 2011, respectively, and combined them into Neonyt, a business-to-business hub for sustainability, innovation and fashion. The first Neonyt event was held in January in Berlin.

Here, Messe Frankfurt ‘s Managing Director Detlef Braun and Vice President of Textiles and Textile Technologies Olaf Schmidt.

As the global market leader in the textile trade show segment, what prompted you to acquire niche concepts like the Berlin Greenshowroom and formerly Paris-based Ethical Fashion Show? Continue reading


Michèle Obama appeared in an ocher and gold satin pyjamas from Gucci and no from Christopher Kane as the so professionnal French Jounalist, Loïc Prigent said !!!

“Society is constantly trying to quiet the girl,” she told a rapt audience of around 20,000 people, speaking during the Kering-sponsored French leg of her book promotion tour, for her memoir “Becoming.”

Sponsoring the Obama event in Paris, Kering chairman and chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault, in a statement, referred to the move as “an illustration of the core values and beliefs we share in common.”

The luxury group is known for pushing women’s issues, both within the ranks of its executives gaining recognition for high female board representation in Europe as well as outside the company, through its foundation. Through its Women in Motion program, for example, Kering has hosted frank conversations with figures in cinema, often on controversial subjects. Continue reading


Flames on the roof of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, 15 April 2019. A fire started in the late afternoon in one of the most visited monuments of the French capital.

This tragedy is striking all the French people, and beyond that, all those attached to spiritual values. Faced with this tragedy, everyone wishes to give life back to this jewel of our heritage as soon as possible. françois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive of Kering and chairman of his family’s investment arm, would contribute 100 million euros of Artémis funds, as of now to take part to the effort needed to fully rebuild Notre-Dame de Paris.” Continue reading


The Week Ahead: Will Kering Change Its Tune on Acquisitions? This week, everyone will be talking about Gucci parent Kering’s next move, fashion at Coachella and Allbirds entering China.

Every quarter, Kering reports Gucci’s sales grew a little slower and talk of the need for a major acquisition grows a little louder. To be sure, the brand is still running circles around most rivals, growing 28 percent in the fourth quarter. But Kering is a multi-brand conglomerate competing with the more-diversified LVMH. Saint Laurent, white-hot Balenciaga and McQueen may someday take the pressure off Gucci to perform, but a big acquisition would produce a new centre of value creation in a single stroke. Unfortunately for Kering, there are a imited number of targets it would take a brand

Luxury brands lowered product prices in China as a cut in the country’s VAT rate came into effect on April 1. Continue reading


Opened in 1841, ESMOD International fashion design and business school has remained at the forefront of French fashion in one of the world’s fashion capitals, Paris : “a learning tool and a source of inspiration for our students”. Our curriculum covers all fashion professions and offers degrees in Fashion Design, Pattern making and Fashion business, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Long history, unique teaching methods and international network make ESMOD the best place to study fashion in Paris.

France still attracts top students from all over the world, and Esmod is the best school in the word. Congratulations to Satoru Ninothe, the president and Christine Walter-Bonini, the Executive Director, for that success.


On May 6th, A few famous fashion names could be missing at this year’s Met Gala..Sources said Ralph Lauren, Dior and Calvin Klein have opted out of spending $200,000 or $300,000. on tables this year.

Ralph, Calvin and Dior have been big boosters of the event, collectively dressing scores of celebrities and high-profile guests for at least the last six years. Ralph’s presence at the Met Gala is even the reason Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are married — the two were both dressed by the designer in 2017, which led to an introduction the evening of the event, as the red-carpet moments are carefully coordinated by Wintour. The one asterisk here is Calvin, which seems to have skipped last year’s event, too, after many consecutive years in attendance. It’s now pulling out of the high-fashion space altogether, while the brand considers the way forward for the overall business. Continue reading


Ariana Grande is transforming her single hit into a beauty line. The singer, who released the pop earworm, “Thank U, Next,” in November and an album of the same name in February, has now filed for a trademark to create a line of beauty products.

According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Grande filed for a trademark under the title, “Ariana Grande Thank U, Next,” on April 2. The trademark is filed for a number of beauty products, including fragrances eau de cologne, eau de parfum and eau de toilette — body lotions, bath gels, body scrubs and body mists, among others. Continue reading