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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Nicola Formichetti’s first collection under creative direction for Diesel

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Nicola Formichetti, who joined the Italian company a year ago, debuts his first show for Diesel in Venice, at Venetian Arsenal on Thursday night. He merged Fashion, music, video art into a spectacular event. “This is not just a runway show; this is what we want to be in the next 10 years,” said Diesel founder Renzo Rosso. “We want to be the contemporary alternative to the world of luxury — no more frivolous things. We want to deliver a very precise image.” Discover the collection after the jump.

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Marni to unveil “Animal House” collection

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As part of Milan Design Week, luxury fashion label Marni will unveil an exotic furniture installation this April. Animal House include a series of limited edition pieces which draw inspiration from giraffes, flamingoes and rabbits. The range features chairs, small benches and tables in a strong color schemes and bold materials such as metal and PVC. Each pieces was handmade by female Colombian workers as part of a sustainable work initiative, A part of benefits will be donated to charities which help terminally ill children.

Source: Luxuo.

Stromae launches his clothing line with creative label Mosaert

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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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Alibaba, China’s biggest e-commerce eyes offline expansion

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Credit photo: Aaron Tam/AFP/Getty.

China’s leading e-commerce company Alibaba, which owns online shopping platforms Tabao Marketplace and Tmall.com, announced Monday that it invested $692 million in Chinese department store chain Intime Retail Group.

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L’Oréal makes Research & Innovation appointment

martha-crawfordL’Oréal has made a key appointment in its research and innovation team. Martha Crawford has been named senior vice president in charge of advanced research and the scientific directorate and member of the research and innovation management committee, the French beauty giant said Monday.

“We are delighted to welcome Martha Crawford, whose unique career, strong scientific expertise and profound knowledge of environmental and societal issues will further enable the group  to pursue its longstanding investment in cutting-edge science and further develop its commitment to sustainable innovation,” said Laurent Attal, executive vice president research and innovation at L’Oréal.

Source: WWD.

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Martha Crawford began senior executive vice president for research and innovation, in 2011 at nuclear power company Areva. She also worked  as vice president  for group research and development for Air Liquide and as principal administrator for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). She succeed Isabel Marey-Semper, the former director of research and innovation shared services since January 2010.

Zoe Saldana is the new face of L’Oréal Paris

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American actress Zoe Saldana will become L’Oréal Paris new face. She joins a famous long list of spokemodels including recently Julianne Moore, Blake Lively and Lara Stone. Saldana will appear in upcoming TV and print campaigns.

Source: Luxuo.

Chinese millionaire in talks to acquire House of Frazer

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Sanpower, a chinese conglomerate controlled by Yuan Yafei is in talks to buy House of Fraser for more than £450m. Yuan Yafei is a wealthy founder and former Chinese government official, who has built a business spanning real estate, retail and technology. Sanpower built the oldest and largest store in China: the Nanjing Xinjiekou department store, created in 1952.

 The Chinese company has been in talks with the department store since several months according to a report in The Sunday Times. This would be the first major investment in the UK retail sector by the group.

Source: The Financial Times.

Mexico to become Latin America’s Biggest Luxury Goods Market

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Latin America’s second-biggest economy is experiencing a luxury boom, at the hands of a young, affluent middle-class ready to spend

In 2012, Mexico overtook Brazil to become Latin America’s biggest luxury goods market, according to Euromonitor. With a total GDP of $1.2 trillion in 2012, Mexico is the world’s fifth-largest emerging economy behind the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and the second-largest in Latin America.

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Versace reported good growth with a sales rise 17% past year

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Photo credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty

Italian fashion house Versace said on Thursday it had started 2014 on a strong footing thanks to a double-digit rise in sales from its own shops in the first quarter, following a 19 percent increase for the whole of 2013. Total revenue at the luxury group, which plans an eventual stock market listing after the recent sale of a stake to U.S. private equity group Blackstone, rose 17 percent last year to 479 million euros ($660 million).

Source: Fashionmag.

ANDAM Fashion Award’s Jury announced

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Created 23 years ago by Nathalie Dufour, the ANDAM (French National Association for the Development of the Arts and Fashion) goal remains to support young designers and fashion professionals to establish themselves in France through men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories. This year, the line up includes Xavier Romatet, president of Condé Nast France, Pierre Bergé of the Fondation Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint-Laurent, and François-Henri Pinault, CEO of Kering, Director of Financière Pinault and president of Groupe Artemis’ executive board. As usually,two prizes to win:  the “Grand Prix du Jury” with a grant  of €250,000 won formely by Alexandre Mattiussi and the “Prix des Premières Collections” with a grant of €75,000 won by Christine Phung last year. The jury also features many fashion and luxury professionnals. See the complete list after the jump.

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Céline has opened a London Flagship

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Luxury French brand Céline opens a new flagship store in London few years after the closure of the former one in 2009. The LVMH owned brand’s flagship is located at 103 Mount Street in Mayfair, in a 600m² space. The store design was overseen by creative director Phoebe Philo and Céline’s design team based in London.

Source: Fashionmag.

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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Adidas to collaborate with Pharrell Williams

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Photo credit: Shadi Perez.

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Besides his already famous Vivienne Westwood mountain hat, Pharrell Williams wore also a custom leather version of Adidas’ classic Firebird jacket during the Grammy Award. This performance of “Happy” at the Oscars and several appearances with the jacket has stirred speculation that Williams was a new collaborator with Adidas. Today, they both announced an official partnership.

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