Chanel acquires first tannery to secure luxury bag supplies
By Astrid Wendlandt and Pascale Denis PARIS (Reuters) - Chanel has acquired its long-time lamb hide provider, the French tannery Bodin-Joyeux, in the latest purchase by a luxury brand of a partner that supplies top quality materials. Chanel, which belongs to the Wertheimer family, is the second biggest luxury brand in the world, behind Louis Vuitton and ahead of Ralph Lauren , with nearly 6 billion euros ($8 billion)in estimated annual sales. Like rival Hermes , Chanel has been buying up partners to guarantee long-term supplies and control quality, from plant growers for its Chanel No.5 perfume to embroiderers such as Lesage for its couture collections.
12/06/2013 - 03:40 AM
Forever 21 breaks out glitter and sequins for "Holiday!" collection
This Christmas, the American ready-to-wear brand is offering a particularly shimmery and metallic "Holiday!" collection. The new accessories and clothing items are available in Forever 21 stores and at the brand's online store. This year, Forever 21's Christmas collection is all about capturing and reflecting holiday lights. British supermodel Suki Waterhouse was chosen by the brand as the face of this special "Holiday!" collection.
12/05/2013 - 01:23 AM
Go behind-the-scenes of Lanvin Resort 2014 campaign
On Wednesday, December 4, the Parisian haute couture brand unveiled a video showing how the campaign for its Resort 2014 collection was made.
12/04/2013 - 11:19 PM
Lanvin descendant opens children's wear boutique in Paris
Les Enfantines, which offers ready-to-wear apparel for children between the ages of three months and eight years and was created by designer Alexia Gobert in partnership with Laure Gues, a descendant of legendary French couturiere Jeanne Lanvin opens its first dedicated store Wednesday.
12/03/2013 - 11:47 PM
Chanel takes us to the set of Karl Lagerfeld's 'The Return'
The haute couture and cosmetics brand has released the second teaser for its much-anticipated short film "The Return," written and directed by Chanel's creative director Karl Lagerfeld. This second teaser takes us behind the scenes of "The Return" for an interview with actress Géraldine Chaplin, who stars in the film as Coco Chanel. Exploring one part of Gabrielle Coco Chanel's life and career, this short film of around 30 minutes will premiere on December 10 at the opening of Chanel's Métiers d'Art 2013/14 fashion show in Dallas. Karl Lagerfeld's film focuses on Coco Chanel's return to the fashion world, including the reopening of her couture workshop in Paris in 1954, and explores the legendary couturiere's special ties to the United States.
12/03/2013 - 07:12 PM
Fashion honours iconic Moss as Playboy cover revealed
Iconic supermodel Kate Moss was on Monday honoured by the British fashion industry for her 25-year career, shortly after her Playboy cover celebrating the magazine's 60th anniversary was revealed. US designer Marc Jacobs handed the model her Special Recognition Award at the British Fashion Awards ceremony at London's Coliseum. The British Fashion Council called the 39-year-old "fearless and intuitive" and praised her "strong work ethic and knowledge of the fashion industry". Moss began her modelling career aged 14 after being discovered by talent scout Sarah Doukas in New York.
12/03/2013 - 04:59 PM
Sonia Rykiel unveils Christmas collection in festive video
The luxury brand is celebrating the Christmas holidays by presenting an enchanting short film featuring its Cherry Christmas collection.
12/02/2013 - 09:30 PM
Acne goes Total Tartan for new capsule collection
Swedish luxury label Acne has unveiled a new tartan-tastic capsule collection packed with the classic Scottish pattern. Either way, Acne studios have revealed an exciting new capsule collection for women, celebrating the famed Scottish fabric, and using tartan patterns picked out from "irresistible archive findings" according to the brand. The tartan tradition of course goes back to the inhabitants of the chilly Scottish Highlands. The pieces in the collection include t-shirts (€120), sweaters (€200), scarves (€200) and a range of other ready-to-wear and accessories including denim and fleece.
12/02/2013 - 09:18 PM
Cut from the same cloth: Esprit tries on Zara for fashion makeover
By Clare Baldwin and Sarah Morris HONG KONG/MADRID (Reuters) - Esprit Holdings' chief is doubling down on a bet to fix the struggling clothing retailer he took charge of a year ago by revamping its existing business model and recreating it in the image of his former employer-now-rival, Zara. Jose Manuel Martinez Gutierrez, 44, has stacked his management suite with veterans of Zara owner Inditex The former McKinsey consultant and supply-chain whiz has laid the foundations for Esprit's recovery over the next 12-18 months with his nuts and bolts overhaul - he cut 10 percent of Esprit staff in the past year - but the real gauge of success will be in growing sales. "Our business figures are extremely far from our goals and expectations," he acknowledged in a letter to shareholders in Esprit's most recent annual report in October.
12/02/2013 - 05:10 AM
Designers create Christmas trees for charity auction in Paris
Jean Paul Gaultier, Elie Saab, Louis Vuitton and Chantal Thomass are just some of the names participating in the 2013 edition of "Les Sapins de Noël des Créateurs" (Designers' Christmas Trees). The non-profit initiative invites famous designers to create or decorate holiday trees, which are then sold in a charity auction at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris. The Christmas trees presented by participating designers will be auctioned on December 9, and proceeds will go to Professor Khayat's AVEC Foundation, which promotes the fight against cancer.
11/29/2013 - 10:58 PM
Lame Bloggers Disinvited from Fashion Week
If you're a blogger hoping to cover New York Fashion Week in February, good luck. IMG Fashion, which runs NYFW, has announced it will cut the media guest list by 20 percent. IMG will make "invitations once again an exclusive pass for true fashion insiders." Wintour's still invited. (AP)
12/07/2013 - 03:55 AM
Watch: Sofia Coppola for Marc Jacobs
The latest collaboration between "Lost in Translation" and "The Bling Ring" director Sofia Coppola and her close friend designer Marc Jacobs has been revealed.
11/28/2013 - 08:00 PM
London exhibit features fashionista Isabella Blow
She wore everything from a crystal-studded lobster to a tall ship made of feathers on her head, and chose a purple medieval robe for her wedding dress. Long before Lady Gaga rose to fame, British fashion ...
11/20/2013 - 01:55 AM
Ralph Lauren 2Q profit hurt by stronger dollar
Ralph Lauren's fiscal second-quarter net income fell 4 percent, hurt by the stronger dollar and higher expenses, but results beat expectations and the luxury retailer raised the low end of its revenue ...
11/07/2013 - 12:35 AM
Ralph Lauren sees sales gains in holiday quarter, raises dividend
on Wednesday raised the low end of its full-year sales forecast on the expectation of strong gains during the holiday quarter, and the designer clothing company increased its dividend. Shares of Ralph Lauren rose 2.2 percent to $175 in premarket trading. Business was strongest at Ralph Lauren's own stores, which generate just under half of companywide sales and where revenue rose 6.5 percent, stripping out currency fluctuations. Revenue increased 1 percent in the wholesale business, which sells brands like Polo and Lauren by Ralph Lauren at department stores such as Macy's Inc
11/06/2013 - 10:04 PM
Ralph Lauren's winter Olympics wear: 'Made in the USA'
By Elizabeth Dilts NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ralph Lauren Corp unveiled its Team USA designs for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics on Tuesday, emphasizing that - "from yarn to dye" - they were made in America. The U.S. fashion designer debuted the red, white and navy uniforms on NBC's Today Show and in a five-minute company video featuring its 40 American production partners in a bid to redeem itself after drawing heavy criticism for manufacturing US gear in China for the last Olympics. ...
10/30/2013 - 05:57 AM
Column - Apple: 'Early adopter' as fashionista
By Wendy Steiner (Reuters) - To much fanfare, Apple announced Tuesday that Angela Ahrendts is resigning as chief executive officer of Burberry and joining the inner circle in Cupertino, California. "Apple-polishing" has become the headline du jour. Picturing the soignée Ahrendts surrounded by geeks in jeans and hoodies, we might be forgiven for wondering why Apple feels in need of a fashionista buff-up. After all, there is hardly a product line more shiny-bright than Apple's - or one with less affinity to the cold exclusivity of the world's great fashion houses. ...
10/19/2013 - 07:45 AM
'Cool Japan' struts the runways at Fashion Week in Tokyo
By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Washi paper was paired with silk and fabrics layered in an echo of traditional kimonos at Japan Fashion Week, the twice-yearly celebration of an industry that plays a key role in the nation's "Cool Japan" campaign. Underwritten by a $500-million government bankroll, the campaign - whose Cool Japan fund kicks off in November - aims to help Japanese firms promote their culture. It has been seized upon by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as a way of restoring the halo of cool that once graced the nation that gave the world technological marvels such as the "Walkman. ...
10/18/2013 - 11:43 AM
Supermodel Iman is a spokeswoman for diversity
Supermodel Iman didn't plan on becoming a prominent voice for black models and entrepreneurs, but since it happened that way, she'll use the pulpit she's been given. She hopes her 13-year-old daughter ...
10/16/2013 - 10:38 PM
Glee's Naya Rivera Shops For Wedding Dress With Kevin McHale
Naya Rivera brought one of her "Glee" co-stars along as she shopped for wedding dresses in Los Angeles on Saturday. The 26-year-old actress/singer, who is engaged to Big Sean, was photographed heading into Beverly Hills' Monique Lhuillier boutique with co-star Kevin McHale, who plays Artie Abrams on the Fox show.
10/14/2013 - 03:14 AM
Marc Jacobs' farewell to Vuitton is a dark one
As maids swept away dust from steps that led into a set in mourning, it was clear that the Louis Vuitton fashion show in Paris on Wednesday was a spring-summer collection in name only. There was a dark ...
10/03/2013 - 06:56 PM
Designer Marc Jacobs leaves Vuitton to float own brand
By Astrid Wendlandt and Pascale Denis PARIS (Reuters) - Marc Jacobs, the star designer who turned Louis Vuitton from a staid luggage-maker into the world's biggest luxury brand, is leaving to take his own label public, a source close to the French company's parent, LVMH, said on Wednesday. The move follows a series of leadership changes at Louis Vuitton, LVMH's biggest source of profit and revenue, aimed at helping the brand regain some of its lost prestige after a decline in sales growth over the past year. ...
10/03/2013 - 02:17 AM
Marc Jacobs says farewell to Louis Vuitton
PARIS (AP) — What was likely designer Marc Jacobs' last ready-to-wear collection for Louis Vuitton looked like a show in mourning Wednesday — black, black and more black.
10/03/2013 - 01:49 AM
Get ready to own a piece of Marc Jacobs
In a few years, you may be able to own part of Marc Jacobs — even if you can't afford the clothes.
10/02/2013 - 11:56 PM
Marc Jacobs to step down at Louis Vuitton
PARIS (AP) — French luxury conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton says Marc Jacobs is stepping down as creative director of its flagship brand Louis Vuitton.
10/02/2013 - 08:03 PM
Art, life and fashion for Chanel on Paris Fashion Week runway
By Alexandria Sage PARIS (Reuters) - If art imitates life, then life is an oversized quilted Chanel purse mounted on a wall - at least for some. That was the impression made on Tuesday at Chanel's Spring/Summer 2014 Paris ready-to-wear show, where the runway was decked out as an art gallery filled with contemporary art installations featuring the luxury brand's products and logo. Oversized bottles of Chanel No. ...
10/02/2013 - 12:01 AM
Simons takes Christian Dior against nature
PARIS (AP) — "Against Nature" was the title of Raf Simons' experimental Christian Dior spring-summer 2014 show, presented in a tent within Paris' Rodin Museum.
09/28/2013 - 04:16 AM
Future of Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton in doubt
PARIS (Reuters) - Marc Jacobs may be on the verge of leaving Louis Vuitton when his contract ends next month as designer's future at the French luxury brand remains unresolved, an industry source told Reuters. Since joining the group in 1997 Jacobs has steered Vuitton's growth into a global luxury brand which generates nearly 7 billion euros ($9.46 billion) of revenues a year and more than half of parent LVMH's operating profits. "His contract may not be renewed," the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity, without going into further detail. ...
09/26/2013 - 01:25 AM
Diaphanous dresses, angular tailoring close Milan fashion week
By Isla Binnie MILAN (Reuters) - Diaphanous dresses, nautical prints and angular tailoring drew Milan fashion week to a close on Monday after six days of catwalks and campaigning to promote the city's fashion industry as a bright spot in a gloomy local economy. Veteran Italian designer Giorgio Armani presented sharp blazers, fitted shorts and floaty floral kaftans, topping off the show with flowing translucent dresses and large mortar board-style hats in fuchsia, black and bright blue. The collection was imagined for a woman who is "a bit less constrained by the everyday... ...
09/24/2013 - 02:11 AM
Young designers energize Milan Fashion Week
MILAN (AP) — The Milan masters displayed their customary discipline, but it was the fresh perspectives of up-and-coming young designers that energized this round of Milan Fashion Week: Uma Wang's hauntingly fresh looks, Fausto Puglisi's vibrant edgy couture and Marco de Vincenzo's romantic optical illusions.
09/24/2013 - 01:12 AM
DID SOFIA VERGARA JINX HER VERA WANG GOWN?
Sofia Vergara's red lace Vera Wang dress couldn't stand up to the pressure of Emmy night.
09/23/2013 - 12:36 PM
Ancient and modern architecture inspires at Milan fashion week
By Isla Binnie MILAN (Reuters) - Top designers took inspiration from architecture at Milan fashion week on Sunday, with ancient Sicilian temples printed on dresses at Dolce & Gabbana and structured tailoring at Salvatore Ferragamo. The spring-summer 2014 collections were shown on the penultimate day of Milan's biannual women's fashion extravaganza, which organizers estimate brings 15,000 people to Italy's style capital. "It's a very architectural season," Ferragamo designer Massimiliano Giornetti told Reuters before his show, saying he was inspired by Mexican architect Miguel Angel Aragones. ...
09/23/2013 - 08:37 AM
Fashion trends arrive on Emmys red carpet
Emmy Awards red carpet trends seemed ripped from the runway on Sunday, with romantic lace overlays, graphic black-and-white combinations, strategic skin-baring slashes and tough-girl harnesses.
09/23/2013 - 08:08 AM
Dolce&Gabbana's looks flaunt the riches
MILAN (AP) — Dolce and Gabbana seemed to be saying, "If you got it flaunt it," in their latest summer collection loaded with gold coins.
09/23/2013 - 12:04 AM
Marni obliterates minimalism at Milan Fashion Week
MILAN (AP) — Marni creative director Consuelo Castiglioni is seeking to obliterate minimalism with her new collection for next summer.
09/22/2013 - 10:43 PM
Chain mail and silky skirts contrast at Milan fashion week
By Isla Binnie MILAN (Reuters) - Tight-fitting dresses hung with chains at Versace and rippling skirts worn over loose trousers at Emporio Armani turned heads at Milan fashion week on Friday, as designers offered up a host of contrasting styles. Chain mail worked its way into black T-shirts with biker logos and evening dresses in the spring-summer 2014 collection by Italian fashion house Versace, alongside flippy skirts over high platform sandals. ...
09/21/2013 - 06:44 AM
Milan fashion week celebrates homegrown creativity
Milan is seeking to reclaim its fashion pre-eminence with a re-energized fashion week not only through strong messages from the runways but concrete acts of to enhance the city's prestige. Fendi unveiled ...
09/20/2013 - 07:02 PM
Ralph Lauren makes changes to company leadership
Ralph Lauren Corp. on Wednesday said it's creating an office of the chairman, which will be led by Chairman and CEO Ralph Lauren and include three other executives: Roger Farah, Jackwyn Nemerov and Christopher ...
09/19/2013 - 06:45 AM
Milan Fashion Week gets off to energetic start
MILAN (AP) — Milan Fashion Week got off to an energetic start Wednesday, and not only on the runways where the clothes were seductive and sexy while flirting with romantic notions of femininity.
09/19/2013 - 03:58 AM
Flowing fabrics, sparkling corsets open Milan Fashion Week
MILAN (Reuters) - Flowing fabrics and sparkling corsets filled catwalks for the first day of Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday which organizers and industry professionals hope will cement the Italian city's status as a fashion hub. Models decked out in corseted cocktail dress swimsuits strutted down a sand-covered runway at the 1950s-inspired show by Canadian designers DSquared2, while waiters made cocktails behind a tiki-hut style bar. ...
09/19/2013 - 12:56 AM
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