Giuseppe Zanotti celebrates 20th Anniversary with capsule collections

Giuseppe Zanotti Credit photo: John Aquino.

Giuseppe Zanotti
Credit photo: John Aquino.

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Giuseppe Zanotti has created four capsule to celebrate distinct characteristics of the brand. To build those capsule collections, Zanotti is benefiting from L Capital Management and L Capital Asia, the private equity funds belonging to LVMH, which last December, announced plans to acquire a 30 percent stake in Giuseppe Zanotti Design.

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Chanel watch Ad Campaign photographed by Patrick Demarchelier

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Patrick Demarchelier shot a new campaign for the French luxury house’s watch line. Unveiled at the Baselworld watch fair in Switzerland, “L’Instant Chanel” campaign showcases the 15 black-and-white double-page visuals which features the Chanel Première, J12 and Mademoiselle Privé watch collections.

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Stromae launches his clothing line with creative label Mosaert

Photos credit: Mosaert.

Photos credit: Mosaert.

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Author, compositor and now stylist. Stromae just released his first collection with the Belgian creative label behind his wardrobe and his visual universe, Mosaert (another “Maestro”‘s anagram). Mosaert first capsule collection includes shirts and socks designed and produced in limited quantities in Europe. From isometric patterns to the warm colors of the African wax, every single pieces reflecting the  artist style. The capsule collection is now available at colette.

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Casely-Hayford & J.M. Weston teamed up for a footwear line

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British men’s wear designer Charlie Casely-Hayford and luxury French footwear brand J.M. Weston recently created a line of casual footwear to be sold at Weston’s stores in London, Paris, and Tokyo starting in May.Three different styles ranging from loafers, to double and triple soled derby shoes. The idea of collaboration was born soon after a first meeting between Casely-Hayford and Michel Perry, Weston’s artistic director, two years ago at a dinner in London. “I was seduced by Charlie’s approach to his collections, a blend of chic and tailored style, all with the impertinence of Shoreditch. That mix is all very close to the vision of J.M. Weston,” said Perry in an interview at the brand’s shop on Jermyn Street. J.M Weston previously worked with Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and Maison Kistuné.

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Nicole Kidman for Jimmy Choo Pre-Fall 2014

Credit Photo: Willy Wanderpierre.

Credit Photo: Willy Wanderperre.

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Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman stars in Jimmy Choo’s pre-fall 2014 ad campaign shot by Willy Vanderperre. She defies her age (46), youthful looking for the ad. The first picture from the campaign set to debut in May, show the Australian actress in a rocker chic attitude without pants or bra, in a tailored white blazer.  ”Nicole embodies the tougher attitude and rebellious glamour that is key to the pre-fall collection’s aesthetic,” says Jimmy Choo creative director Sandra Choi. Watch the campaign video after the jump.

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MCM plans IPO as Sales Set to Triple in 3 Years

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Photo credit: MCM.

Luxury handbag maker MCM Holding AG targets an initial public offering in two to three years amid sales that it expects to triple. MCM, which is headquartered in Zurich, may also sell stakes to investors who are “complementary” to the company, such as property companies, before it goes public.

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Marion Cotillard Stars in Lady Dior Campaign

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The French actress appears once again in a new campaign for Christian Dior’s handbag line shot by Jean-Baptiste Mondino. Marion Cotilalrd bounces in the air wearing looks from the pre-fall collection by Dior’s designer Raf Simons. The campaign is set to break on Friday in Vogue Brazil and April 10 in Vanity Fair Us edition. Discover the pictures after the jump.

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Google & Luxottica announce a strategic patnership to develop innovative wearable devices

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Google has teamed up with Luxottica Group S.p.A, the world’s largest eyewear company known as Ray-Ban maker to develop innovative wearable devices. In a statement on Monday, they have agreed to design, develop and distribute Glass eyewear. The first collection is expected to combine high-end technology with avant-garde aesthetics.

Source: Luxottica.

Hermès Reports Record 2013 Profit Margin

Hermès - Vestiaire d'Hiver 2013.

Hermès – Vestiaire d’Hiver 2013.

Hermès International SCA, the French maker of Birkin bags and silk ties, reported a 8.9 percent increase in 2013 earnings as it sold more high-margin clothing and accessories.

Operating profit rose to 1.22 billion euros ($1.69 billion), the Paris-based company said today in a statement before European markets opened. Analysts predicted the same amount, according to the average of 12 estimates compiled by Bloomberg. The operating margin widened to a record 32.4 percent.

Hermès is weathering a slowdown in luxury-goods consumption better than many of its peers as production constraints and controlled distribution reinforce its elitist appeal. The company, which added 900 jobs last year, has said it plans to create two new leather goods premises in France to help catch up with demand that remains very high.

“Hermès will continue its long-term strategy” which includes expanding its distribution network and protecting its supply sources, the company said in today’s statement.

Source: Bloomberg.

Harper’s Bazaar and Stuart Weitzman to launch a capsule collection

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Harper’s Bazaar and Stuart Weitzman have collaborated to create a capsule collection. Four pairs of shoes co-designed by Stuart Weitzman and the fashion editors exclusively available on the site ShopBazaar.com, the ecommerce site of the fashion magazine. “The Harper’s Bazaar reader knows fashion and loves not only trends but also has innate sense to seek well-crafted, high-quality designs,” said Stuart Weitzman. The collection will be available from $298 to $398 on March 18.

Source: Fashionmag.

Nowness.com launches first shoppable video

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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.

Source: WWD.

Cara Delevingne designed bags collection for Mulberry

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Mulberry unveiled a new collection of bags, designed by Cara Delevingne.

After starring as model for the brand’s Spring/Summer campaign, Cara Delevingne has created one multitasking bag (in a variety of iterations), a practical bag made for modern women on the move. During the presentation in the ballroom at Claridge’s, the british model said that she “usually wear bags until they break. If I like them I want to wear them all the time,” Her collection comprises one style in three sizes in different colors and material for a total of 17 skus. This was not her first time working on design, Cara Delevigne has studied textiles and already made her own handbag. The collection will be avalaible from mid-August in Mulberry stores, concessions and online worldwide from $1,090 to $1,530. Click below to discover the collection.

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Marc Jacobs Traded Social Media Mentions For Gifts in his Tweet Shop

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Marc Jacobs has created a new pop up shop during New York Fashion Week with a strong particularity. This pop up boutique called the Daisy Marc Jacobs Tweet Shop accepted social currency. Customers have been invited to share a tweet, Instagram or Facebook post tagged #MJDaisyChain in exchange for gifts such as its Daisy perfume to necklaces and even handbags. The most creative social media posts won Marc Jacobs accessories. This is a good way to use marketing strategy across social media platforms but the real question is to know the value of social media campaign.

Karen Walker features Kenyan Artisans for her Spring/Summer 2014 Campaign

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Sunglasses designer Karen Walker has made the Kenyan artisans who worked on her summer 2014 collection the stars of her latest campaign. For her summer 2014 collection, Walker tied up with the EFI in a bid to “make a difference”. The initiative, whose motto is “Not Charity, Just Work”, aims to promote sustainable business over aid dependency and, as such, Walker tasked some of Kenya’s finest micro-producers, designers and artisans with designing and producing an array of pouches to be sold with every pair from her latest eyewear range. In addition, more elaborate, embellished designs will be sold separately.

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