DIOR’S WINDOW AT HARRODS

Dior celebrates the festive season where magical window scenarios, lighting and paper creations come together elegantly with a nod to their destination through iconic landscape representations such as the London Eye for Dior’s windows at Harrods.

There were two places I wanted to go during childhood visits to London: Hamley’s toy shop and Harrods, where the Brompton road windows seemed to expand into infinity and which still ignite in me a kind of happy retail hysteria. I wasn’t disappointed, then, last week when I happened upon these cracking displays by fashion house Dior.

It’s all part of “Dior at Harrods,” a spring salad of British retail ingenuity topped with French dressing that will keep until April 14. Continue reading

MARINE DEVOS AND BIJORHCA

The Reed Expositions group entrusted Marine Devos with the management of Bijorhca Paris, the Jewelry trade show.

Marine Devos, who began her career 17 years ago in the tradeshows circuit, will officially succeed Aude Leperre on December 9, 2018. She will work under the direction of Jean-François Quentin, newly appointed Director of the Hospitality, Catering, Franchising, Jewelry and Technology. Continue reading

RICHEMONT JOINS ALIBABA’S

Compagnie Financière Richemont has become the latest international corporation to join Alibaba’s Anti-Counterfeiting Alliance, which aims to protect intellectual property rights on the e-commerce giant’s platforms.

Alibaba said this week that Richemont is now among 115 members from 16 countries and regions that are part of the AACA. Richemont said it would share its technology, expertise and other information to support the Alliance’s efforts.

Richemont has long been an anti-counterfeit crusader, with a robust in-house legal team that has gone after watch and jewelry counterfeiters and the sales platforms that sell their goods.

Richemont, New Balance, General Motors and McDonald’s, are the latest global brands to join the AACA, according to Alibaba. The alliance’s membership has more than tripled from the original 30 founding brands at its launch in 2017. Continue reading

KARL SKIES IN COURCHEVEL

Chanel has opened the door of the prestigious ski resort of Courchevel in the French Alps.

Far from Hamburg, the Kaiser promotes the boutique the most chic of south of France. Courchevel is similar to St Tropez. Let’s hope that Karl will not lose Choupette in the snow !

Between now and the end of April 2019, skiers will have the opportunity to shop for the brand’s famous handbags 255 and outfits, when they are not busy on the slopes or gorging in the village’s restaurants. 1600-square-foot space will also have a wide range of accessories, shoes, watches, and jewelry. Continue reading

MY NAME IS BOND STREET

Cartier is stepping into its retail future, as it reopens the doors to its revamped London flagship on New Bond Street.

The boutique which is the result of an ambitious nine-month renovation project and even more years of planning offers an elegant and luxurious space that resembles a home and an exhibition space, as much as it does a shop floor.

"If you compare the historical boutique with the one we are opening, the base might be the same, but one has nothing to do with the other," said Laurent Feniou, Cartier’s U.K. managing director, during an interview. He added that the company has moved its London offices from Bond Street to Regent Street as part of the revamp process in order to dedicate the whole building to retail and reimagine what its London flagship can look like.

In line with Cartier’s overall ethos of marrying tradition and modernity, the new space emphasizes some of the listed building’s original features, including wooden panels and a grand wooden staircase that was previously hidden away. Continue reading

ORIBE CANALES DIES AT 62

Oribe Canales, a celebrity hairstylist who rose to fame before launching his eponymous line of styling products, has died, a company spokeswoman confirmed. He was 62.

Canales was known as one of the industry’s great hairdressers. He worked with celebrities including Jennifer Lopez and models including Naomi Campbell. He was a mainstay at fashion week, where he designed runway-ready locks for big names like Chanel, before going on to launch his product line.

Mally Roncal, the makeup artist behind Mally Beauty, wrote: “There are no words to express what you mean to me, all you did for me and the time we spent together.

The group Canal-Luxe expresses his sincere condoleances to your family.

A TRAIN NAMED DESIRE

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Friday it had agreed to buy luxury travel operator Belmond Ltd., owner of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train and hotels including the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, for $2.6 billion, significantly widening its footprint in the hospitality sector.

Established over 40 years ago with the acquisition of Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Belmond operates in 24 countries with a portfolio of 46 luxury hotel, restaurant, train and river cruise properties. It posted revenues of $572 million and adjusted EBITDA of $140 million in the 12 months ended Sept. 30.

“Belmond delivers unique experiences to discerning travelers and owns a number of exceptional assets in the most desirable destinations,” said Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH. Continue reading

CHAUMET AND JOSEPHINE

Joséphine arrived in Paris in 1779 from her native Martinique, soon to steal the heart of Napoleon Bonaparte, before being crowned empress of France. A woman of style and passion, Joséphine infused Parisian society with a sense of originality and audacity, which find fresh expression in the city today.

joséphine’s chateau, Malmaison, was where she indulged her passion for flowers and plants, becoming widely respected among the botanists of her day. Her love of nature helped spread the 19th-century fashion for gardens and greenhouses like the Bagatelle rose garden, the Auteuil Greenhouses and the Jardin des Plantes. Today, this lush, exuberant spirit lives on in Paris’s elegant rooftop and vertical gardens, while Malmaison welcomes thousands of visitors every year. Joséphine’s jeweler, Chaumet, celebrates this love of flowers in its Jardins collection. Continue reading

ROUSSEL QUITS LVMH

Longtime LVMH executive Pierre-Yves Roussel is to become chief executive officer at Tory Burch. Roussel left his role as chairman and ceo of LVMH Fashion Group earlier this year, and was initially said to remain with the group as a special adviser to LVMH chairman and ceo Bernard Arnault. Roussel has been linked romantically to Burch for years. They announced their engagement in 2016 and were finally married only weeks ago at Burch’s Antigua

As head of LVMH Fashion Group, Roussel oversaw the fashion houses Celine, Givenchy, Kenzo, Loewe, Marc Jacobs, Pucci, Rossi Moda and Nicholas Kirkwood. He is probably best known for recruiting Phoebe Philo for Celine, Jonathan Anderson for Loewe and retailers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony for Kenzo. Roussel’s start date at Burch could not immediately be learned.”