“The models were laughing, the flowers were blooming and although Kanye West’s aggressive rap music with its mean lyrics was still pulsating, all seemed right with Christian Dior’s haute couture world.”
“A trip this spring to Singapore yielded Karl Lagerfeld’s theme for his fall Chanel couture show — ‘the old and new world,’ he said. The old was represented as a crumbling theater (erected by Chanel stagehands in the Grand Palais) and the new as a galactic cityscape sparkling in the ruins.
“Following the departure of managing director Thierry Andretta in April, French fashion house Lanvin has formally promoted Michèle Huiban to the position of chief executive, effective immediately.”
“Kering, parent company of Parisian fashion brand Yves Saint Laurent, has announced that Francesca Bellettini will take the reins as the brand’s new chief executive, effective September 1st. Bellettini will succeed current chief executive Paul Deneve, who after two years at the head of the luxury fashion label is leaving for a position in the technology industry in California’s Silicon Valley.”
“In a small workroom whose window overlooks the Umbrian countryside, women hold gray silk-linen cardigan sweaters up to light tables one-by-one, checking every knot and seam. When a worker finds a hole, she puts the sweater in a bag destined for repair or recycling.”
“Malaika Firth’s starring role in the autumn/winter 2013 advertising campaign ticks off a number of firsts: 1) It’s her first ever campaign; 2) She’s the first black model to star in a Prada advert since Naomi Campbell in 1994.”
“Peter Ruis, the man who turned John Lewis’s clothing from a fusty department store offering to a force in fashion is to leave the employee-owned department store.”
“Three of my favorite Paris men — Christian Lacroix, Azzedine Alaïa and Olivier Saillard — burned the midnight oil at Mr. Alaïa’s on Sunday night. Apparently they closed shop at 4 a.m., after an altogether enjoyable dinner to celebrate Mr. Lacroix’s homage to Elsa Schiaparelli. “