The Weekend Round-Up – 18/03/2017
THE week’s industry news led conversation this week, as loose ends were tied up and more were created – to equal interest.
While last Friday’s announcement that Chloé had finally confirmed Natacha Ramsay-Levi as its new creative director came as no surprise (industry rumour had confirmed the talented Louis Vuitton alumni a while ago), the news on Thursday that her predecessor, Clare Waight Keller, is to replace Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy was a turn-up for the books. While Waight Keller had been associated with the role – along with at least five other designers – few had tipped her for it.
“I believe her widespread expertise and vision will allow Givenchy to enter the next phase of its unique path,” said LVMH boss Bernard Arnault of the appointment. “I am very much looking forward to her contribution to the maison’s continued success.”
Clare Waight Keller Confirmed At Givenchy
But the course of fashion’s musical chairs has never run smooth, and while Givenchy announced its seat had been filled (along with Brioni this week), Jil Sander announced that its was vacant. Rodolfo Paglialunga, who has led the creative direction of the house for three years since the departure of its eponymous founder (who left for the third time in 2014), announced that he was exiting the label in a move that CEO Alessandra Bettari stated was a mutual decision between the designer and the brand.
Elsewhere in industry news, Thakoon and Tom Ford started shockwaves as they announced they would be dropping the divisive see-now, buy-now model they adopted – and championed – in 2015. Both blamed the disconnect between the current retail structure and the new business model for their decision. While Ford is planning to return to the traditional seasonal format at New York Fashion Week in September, Thakoon’s entire operations are being put on hold for now while the business strategises its restructure.
See-Now, Buy-Now: What Have We Learnt?
On the retail front, John Lewis announced its first ever lifestyle brand (see it in full here); Khloe Kardashian launched her popular denim label, Good American, in Selfridges (praising the British department store for taking the full size range); Vanessa Seward opened her first London store with a glittering party in London (and told us how French girls party differently to their British neighbours); Sonia Rykiel launched its tribute collection to the brand’s founder, Rykiel Forever, with Style.com; and Victoria Beckham unveiled her full collection for Target (revealing that her five-year-old daughter Harper inspired the line).
In other news, Emma Watson called in her legal team amidst allegations that hackers had stolen private images of the Beauty and the Beast star; Kendall Jenner was forced to contact police in LA after she discovered $200,000 worth of jewellery was missing from her home; Ben Affleck bravely revealed that he has sought counselling for alcohol addiction; Beyoncé made her fans turn detective as it was suspected she had started dropping clues about the sex of her unborn twins; Vogue cover star Ashley Graham revealed the secret of her body confidence; Angelina Jolie arrived in London to deliver her first lecture as a visiting professor at LSE; and Elizabeth Hurley revealed the secret beauty advice given to her by Joan Collins.
The weekend starts with all eyes on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they arrive in Paris. Amidst much discussion and debate over the UK’s exit from the European Union this week (see the latest here), the Prince took the opportunity to tell gathered guests at a dinner hosted by the UK ambassador to France, Edward Llewellyn, that the bond between the two will continue post Brexit.
“So much of our countries’ histories, culture and language are intertwined,” he said. “Those ties of neighbours which run through our history are as powerful today as they have ever been.”