Enduring Moss, Balenciaga split, Investcorp acquires Georg Jensen, Wired exit, Art of Scent

Kate Moss in British Vogue, October 2008 | Photo: Mario Testino

The Garbo of Fashion (NY Times)
“Ms. Moss’s bad-girl image has always been good for business, at least since the days of heroin chic and somebody-feed-her-a-cracker. Now, at 38 — an age when even the luckiest in her field have typically been tossed on the ice — Ms. Moss can boast of numerous advertising campaigns; more editorial work than any one glamour puss can reasonably handle.”

Top Balenciaga Designer Is Leaving the Company (IHT)
“In a surprising move reflecting the rivalry between two French luxury titans, PPR announced on Monday the departure of Balenciaga’s star designer, Nicolas Ghesquière. The focus is now both on who will replace Mr. Ghesquière at a house that was extensively developed under his tenure — and on where he is headed.”

Investcorp to buy Georg Jensen for $140m (FT)
“Investcorp is set on Monday to unveil the $140m acquisition of Georg Jensen as the Bahrain-based group seeks to turn the Danish luxury retailer into a global name through expansion in Asia.”

Chris Anderson to Exit Wired (WWD)
“With presidential politics and Hurricane Sandy news dominating the day’s headlines, Friday could have scarcely been a better day to bury bombshell media announcements. So it was that Condé Nast chief executive officer Charles Townsend said Wired editor in chief Chris Anderson, one of Condé’s longest-serving editors, would leave the magazine by the end of the year.”

On the scent of the masters (FT)
“Since the Metropolitan Museum’s Alexander McQueen show, it has been clear that fashion is a viable – and lucrative – subject for a museum show. But what about fragrance? Now, New York’s Museum of Arts and Design will test the hypothesis with “The Art of Scent”, a showcase of 12 great perfumers and their works.”