Reviving Sperry, Arnault’s optimism, Simoens departs Leonard, High heels, Vanessa Traina

Sperry Top-Sider Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Bellazoon

Reviving Sperry (Boston)
“The 1990s were not kind to the Sperry Top-Sider. The iconic boat shoe blazed to the fashion forefront in the early 1980s after gaining fame and acclaim in ‘The Official Preppy Handbook’ and countless John Hughes films. But by the end of the decade, the New England-based shoe had fallen out of favor, the sartorial equivalent of Wang Chung.”

LVMH CEO says sales growth speeds up in Q1 (Reuters)
“French luxury giant LVMH saw sales growth accelerate in the first three months of this year from the last quarter of 2011, Chief Executive Bernard Arnault told its annual shareholder meeting.”

Leonard Departure (Vogue)
“Leonard has confirmed that Maxime Simoens will no longer helm the label. The young French talent was hired with much fanfare in October 2011, and now finds himself emerging from the other side of fashion’s revolving door only six months after he began his tenure”

Pushing High Heels to the Limit (WSJ)
“But with heels, many women trade comfort for style. Women spent $38.5 billion on shoes in the U.S. last year, according to NPD Group, and more than half of those sales were for heels over 3 inches high. High heels are seen as sexy and powerful.”

Personal Trainia (The Aesthete)
“Vanessa Traina’s career as a New York-based sylist started long before she moved to the east coast. Born and raised in San Francisco, she grew up at the hem of her haute-couture-collecting mother, the seminal novelist Danielle Steel… To date, her career has included roles as model, muse and what she prefers most, stylist.”