Today, website nowness.com will release its first shoppable video with a short film featuring five Sadler’s Wells dancer. Several brands will be showcase such as Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, La Perla, Kenzo, Maison Martin Margiela, Haider Ackermann and Rick Owens. Specialized in fashion, art and media content, the next step for Nowness – owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton – is to monetize the site. Users will be able to purchase items simply by clicking on them directly in the background of the video If the brand has an e-commerce site, the video will link directly to it, if not, the brand can also choose a multibrand retailer to partner with. This functionality can be a way for brands to collaborate with Nowness.
The company announced monday that Peter Phillips has been named creative and image director of Christian Dior makeup. His appointment is effective immediately.Phillips was previously the global creative director for makeup at Chanel.
Previously senior vice president of global logistics and distribution at Ann Inc, Michael West has joined Neiman Marcus Group Inc as senior vice president of distribution, logistics and fulfillment. “Mike has over 20 years of executive and global experience in logistics, distribution and fulfillment, as well as store management,” said Karen Katz, president and chief executive officer of the company.
There was a tender typewritten note from Nicolas Ghesquière on every seat at his first show for Louis Vuitton this morning. “Today is a new day. A big day…Words cannot express exactly how I am feeling at this moment…Above all, immense joy.” Emotions were high in the crowd, too. Few designers are as beloved, respected, or copied as Ghesquière is, and he’s been off the scene and badly missed since his departure from Balenciaga a year and a half ago. Only Raf Simons’ debut at Dior was as breathlessly anticipated as Ghesquière’s at Vuitton. They’re the jewels in Bernard Arnault’s LVMH crown, and Arnault was in the front row today, seated alongside Princess Charlene of Monaco and other lights from the worlds of film (Catherine Deneuve), art (Cindy Sherman), and fashion. Jean Paul Gaultier, for whom Ghesquière worked early on, turned up, as curious as the rest of us to see what the new LV, after fourteen years of Marc Jacobs at the helm, would look like.
For their first ready-to-wear collection, Maison Lejaby has hired rising talent Léa Peckre , Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography Grand Prize winner in 2011. Inspired by lingerie, Peckre played with the idea of transparency, showing a very feminine lineup. Léa Peckre gave a fine attention to details but the most part of the collection was so transparent that it can be not easily to wear it outside.
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac called his last collection “Sport soir” for “sporty in Paris and evening in New York.” He was inspired by the surrealist work of German artist Meret Oppenheim. This collection also demonstrated a more personal story line using references as the blanket coat made with his mother at the beginning of his carreer reinterpreted in a micro-quilted jacquard and in rainbow dégradé mohair. Click below to see a glimpse of the collection.
Elie Saab begins the week with a good news, the superstar Angelina Jolie has wore one of his Haute Couture dress during the Oscars Ceremony. Called “Dark Opulence”, Elie Saab’s fall 2014 collection was inspired by the artist Mark Rothko for his Color Field paintings. A monochromatic collection with designer’s ombré effects, using palette of burgundy, bottle green, pale pink and black. Click and discover the collection.
Chitose Abe has known an unconventional developement during her carreer. After have built a successful brand launched in Japan 25 years ago, she have surged in her business when she began to presented her show in Paris in 2011. Her hybrid design has become a significant fashion show in Paris. Discover her show after the jump.
For his latest collection, Hedi Slimane chose Californian John Baldessari as the artist to feature in the little black folio that functions as his show invitation. Baldessari, now 82, is one of the grand masters of appropriation, repurposing preexistent or found imagery to create new art. It was an interesting choice on Slimane’s part, maybe even a wry comment of sorts. “Appropriation” is a rather more agreeable word than other epithets that have been applied to his work at Saint Laurent, with its devotion to the source materials of youth culture.
Neil Barrett seems to transpose his men’s collection to women with a little variation. The difference between both collections is that he had a muse in mind, one of the model of the moment: Binx Walton. He met her during the Christmas party cohosted with Love Magazine, where he felt in love with her androgyne style. Then, Walton is become the base of his collection presented in Paris. Find out the collection after the jump.
Haider Ackermann challenges. He challenges himself, he challenges us, he challenges his customers. This time, he sought to “find a kind of gracefulness in the masculinity,” he said after his show. “It’s complicated, because masculine is about force and about strength, and I was trying to find this kind of delicateness and gracefulness. And a certain simplicity as well.”
Only Phoebe Philo could cause an intake of the fashion industry’s breath with the way she placed a white button on a black coat. The first looks on Céline’s catwalk today featured sleek, thirties-styled tailoring, and double-breasted closings gone surreally askew. The thirties were on Philo’s mind when she was first thinking about the collection, especially women like Hannah Höch and Lee Miller, who were pivotal figures in the Dada and surrealist art worlds. In fact, it was a photo of Miller in the bath in Hitler’s Munich apartment after the fall of the Nazis—travel-stained boots parked by the tub, fatigues folded on a chair—which was Philo’s starting point. “These women were doing things which were quite radical at the time, like wearing men’s clothes, but which today seem quite normal,” she said. “I very much wanted women in men’s clothes, but it was a complex idea so we brought it back to a quite feminine silhouette.”
Womanly. The word means different things to different people. In fashion it’s usually code for clothes for a mature audience in silhouettes that stem from the traditional. Proper wife, mother and lady stuff, but with a tinge of desire. Riccardo Tisci redefined this premise with his incredible fall collection, amplifying the sensuality and subverting the traditional while layering on fantasy, modernity and loads of luxury. There were furs and they were fabulous.
After 25 years as style editor for the International New York Times, Jonathan Newhouse, chairman and chief executive of Condé Nast International announced today that Suzy Menkes will join Condé Nast International (CNI) as a critics and reporter for all the International Vogue websites.