Photo Diary | Paris Fashion Week

Dior Autumn/Winter 2014 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

PARIS, France — Today, contributing photographer Sonny Vandevelde looks back at Paris Fashion Week with backstage images from the Chloé, Anthony Vaccarello, Lanvin, Dior, Dries Van Noten, Manish Arora, Alexander McQueen, Kenzo and Givenchy shows.

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Is Fashion Just an Accessory at Richemont?

Dunhill 'Home' in Shanghai, China | Source: Dunhill

ZURICH, Switzerland — While Richemont last week reported a 30 percent gain in annual profit as shoppers spent more on its Cartier jewelry and IWC watches, leather goods and fashion brands such as Lancel and Chloé have struggled. Earnings at Richemont’s so-called soft luxury unit fell by more than half in the last fiscal year.

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Marty Wikstrom, Head of Fashion and Accessories, Leaves Richemont

Richemont | Source: Richemont

LONDON, United Kingdom — Martha 'Marty' Wikstrom, chief executive of fashion and accessories at Compagnie Financière Richemont, has resigned from her post, the luxury group announced today. Richemont is the Swiss parent company of fashion, jewellery and watchmaking companies including Dunhill, Chloé, Cartier and Piaget.

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Photo Diary | PFW, Days 3-6: Isabel Marant, Martin Grant, Acne, Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chloé

PARIS, France —  Today contributing photographer Sonny Vandevelde files backstage imagery from the Isabel Marant, A.F. Vandervorst, Sonia Rykiel, Martin Grant, Viktor & Rolf, Acne, Veronique Leroy, Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chloé and John Galliano shows, held over days three to six of Paris fashion week.

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Pushing femininity, Hudson’s Bay IPO, Frank & Oak, Friedman’s POV, Augustin Teboul

Clare Waight Keller | Source: Marie Claire

Who Are You Calling Girly? (NY Times) “In the year since Ms. Waight Keller, formerly the designer of Pringle of Scotland, became the creative director at Chloé, many visitors have noted the remarkable calmness that radiates from her studio. That, and the fact that roughly 80 percent of the hundreds of employees at the company are women, which is a point of pride at a house that has projected an aura of femininity for 60

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Inside Ferragamo, Spurr exits, H&M sales up, LVMH charms Fabindia, Waight-Keller on Paris

Massimiliano Giornetti | Source: Heart 2 Heart

Inside the mind of Salvatore Ferragamo’s new creative head (Independent) “Creating a global wardrobe is just the tip of the role Giornetti was handed two years ago. Having been a menswear designer for the brand for 10 years, working his way up to head the division, Giornetti took over the helm of womenswear too in July 2010 after a series of creative directors had failed to make a lasting impact with their

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Hong Kong attraction, Gap’s L.A. story, American luxury defined, St. John’s new CEO, Meeting Formichetti

Canton Road, Hong Kong | Source: Asian Central

Hong Kong is firmly at the heart of China’s new cultural revolution (Guardian) “The richer China has become, the more they visit Hong Kong to shop. ‘Luxury brands are forecasting year-on-year growth of 35%,’ says Helen Willerton, former managing director of Chloé Asia Pacific. ‘Mainlanders fly in for a few days, save money on accommodation by staying in three-star hotels, and spend on high-end retail – watches, jewellery and

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Clare Waight Keller in at Chloé, Brand before designer, Supermodels over, Minkoff’s success story, Mom knows best

Clare Waight Keller | Source: Annoldroyd

Hannah MacGibbon out, Clare Waight Keller in at Chloé (Telegraph) “Chloé have announced via their Twitter feed and a statement on their website, that Hannah MacGibbon is set to leave the label she has headed up since 2008, to be replaced by ex-Pringle of Scotland designer Clare Waight Keller.” In fashion, the brand plays on (LA Times) “A trend toward the further depersonalizing of brands [is] in the future.

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Eyes on Poland, MacGibbon stays on at Chloé, Google battle continues, LVMH beats estimates, Madame Grès revival

Louis Vuitton boutique Warsaw, opened 2010 | Source: Luxguru

Poland: luxury’s next promised land (FT) “Euromonitor has a report out, and this one’s a doozy: it says Poland is the world’s fourth fastest growing luxury market… ‘Between 2005 and 2010, the [Polish] luxury goods market grew by 50 per cent in real terms, [while] China achieved real growth of 59 per cent over the same period.’” Hannah MacGibbon staying at Chloé (Telegraph) “The gossip mill would

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Women designers at the fore, Surge in luxe demand, Optimism returns, Online ad spend, Paris’ mature tone

Stella McCartney Spring 2011 Look Book | Source: Stella McCartney

Women Designers and the Quiet Revolution (Guardian Weekend) “From Phoebe Philo at Céline to Stella McCartney to Hannah MacGibbon at Chloé, women designers are at the forefront of fashion right now… When women design clothes for women, they do it differently. For women, clothes are not just seen, they are felt from the inside.” Luxury stores caught out by surge in demand (FT) “[Louis Vuitton] is not the only

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American Apparel’s ethical conflict, Burberry’s online checkout, Modern milliners, Chloé’s new chief, Vuitton’s Diwali

Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Burberry

American Apparel: The public won’t wear it (Guardian) “[American Apparel] was now a vertically integrated company that seemed dedicated to getting women horizontal.  It turns out that, even in the fashion business, there’s such a thing as too much sex.” Burberry: Runway to Checkout (NY Times) “Burberry plans to offer customers a substantial portion of its Prorsum spring 2011 runway collection — to be

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