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HORACEFROMHOLLYWOOD
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posted May 18, 2008 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HORACEFROMHOLLYWOOD   Click Here to Email HORACEFROMHOLLYWOOD     Edit/Delete Message
Here's a disaster waiting to happen. Cheap Valentino...
Glamorous Valentino targets new, less rich client Fri May 9, 12:51 PM ET

Italy's Valentino, whose founder dressed the Hollywood set and European royalty, wants to make the luxurious brand accessible to the more price-conscious consumer, the group CEO said on Friday.

Founding designer Valentino Garavani, who retired in January after the group was bought by private equity firm Permira last year, became a byword for glamour during the nearly half-century he dressed the rich and beautiful.

His trademark red evening gowns and sleek black and white outfits were aimed at the stylish wealthy who attend chic luncheons and gala dinners.

"We want to open up the brand to a different consumer," Stefano Sassi, CEO of Valentino Fashion Group which includes Valentino and Hugo Boss, told a meeting of foreign reporters.

"With respect to a clientele that is traditionally richer and not very price-sensitive ... We want to open up to a more modern, also more international, more price-conscious consumer."

Valentino has followed many fashion groups in brand extension and launched a watch collection in April.

"Our strategy is aimed at keeping Valentino at the same level it was put on by (its founders)," he said.

"The excellence of Valentino cannot only be in haute couture and pret-a-porter. It also has to be in ... perfume, a watch."

Despite fears for a slowdown in spending for premium items, Sassi said "things were not going badly" for Valentino. It had sales of 261 million euros ($403.5 million) last year, up 9.6 per percent. It closed the first quarter of this year with a 13 percent increase in turnover, Sassi said.

Valentino Fashion Group saw sales rise over 9 percent to 2.1 billion euros last year. Italian designer Giorgio Armani saw consolidated sales rise 8 percent to 1.6 billion euros last year and expects growth this year despite a credit crunch.

"I think we are going against the tendency in Japan, we are growing a little while the rest of the market is suffering."

"In Asia, the market is doing splendidly for us. In the United States, it is going well. Sadly, 'going well' in the U.S. gets eaten up by the exchange rate," he added.

The group has been hurt by dollar weakness against the euro and Sassi said it could "touch up" prices to soften the effect.

Valentino is looking to open new stores, and Sassi cited China, India, Europe and U.S. as locations.

Former Gucci designer Alessandra Facchinetti, who replaced Garavani, presented her first collection in February, not straying far from the path that made Valentino a red-carpet favorite for women like Elizabeth Taylor and Julia Roberts.

"We are very satisfied," Sassi said.

"We had a collection that had press and buyers' approval. We made an important move forward from a stylistic point of view, but without losing our past. I think it is a good result."

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posted May 18, 2008 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for a   Click Here to Email a     Edit/Delete Message
I need to get some summer clothes. Everything I have is dark or heavy.

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posted May 29, 2008 11:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message
Broderick Blames Parker For Risque Fashion Statement

Sarah Jessica Parker has one major fashion critic - her husband Matthew Broderick blames her for urging female fans to bare their underwear in public.

The Sex And The City star became a fashion icon for women across the world due to her TV character, sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw's unique style - notably showing off sexy lingerie under her designer wares.

And Broderick isn't happy with his wife's avid fashion followers - because they have copied her risque style.

She tells Britain's Heat magazine, "The only thing that Matthew has ever said in regards to the show was that he blamed me for women's underwear showing in public.

"He said, 'I hope you're happy with what you have done.'"

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posted June 03, 2008 09:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message
Fashion World Mourns For Saint Laurent At Awards
3 June 2008 5:03 AM, PDT

A host of fashion icons and designers including Victoria Beckham, Naomi Campbell and Carolina Herrera took time out on Monday night to pay tribute to late style maestro Yves Saint Laurent at an awards event honouring the industry's best.

Top designer Diane von Furstenberg held back tears as she gave a somber speech remembering the legendary French designer - who died on Sunday - at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards gala in New York City's Public Library, reports the New York Daily News.

Von Furstenberg, the head of the organisation, told guests: "Tonight the world of fashion is mourning. Yves is an artist who always surprised us with his silhouette and colour palettes. He was a magician who changed the way women dressed forever.

"Like so many great artists, his life and his work really do live on."

Saint Laurent died from a brain tumour at the age of 71, following a long period of bad health.

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posted June 10, 2008 09:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
Hathaway 'Starved' On Devil Wears Prada
9 June 2008 11:53 PM, PDT

Anne Hathaway had to endure a gruelling diet to slim down for her role in The Devil Wears Prada - insisting she and co-star Emily Blunt would "cry because they were so hungry".

Hathaway plays a journalist who lands her first job on a high profile fashion magazine - and her character is forced to slim down to fit in with her image-obsessed colleagues.

And the actress insists that although she is naturally thin, she still had a lot of weight to lose - and the constant dieting was a real struggle.

She says, "I was thin for my height. I was basically stuck with fruit, vegetables and fish. I wouldn't recommend that.

"Emily Blunt and I would clutch at each other and cry because we were so hungry."

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posted June 20, 2008 08:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
Westwood: 'Sex Movie Is Dull'

20 June 2008 12:10 AM, PDT

Legendary fashion designer Vivienne Westwood is not a fan of Sex And The City, branding the film's fashion styling uninspiring and "quite dull".

The designer, 67, is name-checked in the film and even created the dress worn by Sarah Jessica Parker's fashionista character Carrie on her wedding day.

But Westwood insists she was far from impressed with stylist Patricia Field's work on the big screen adaptation of the hit TV series.

She says, "I thought Sex And The City was supposed to be about cutting-edge fashion and there was nothing remotely memorable or interesting about what I saw.

"I went to the premiere and left after ten minutes."

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posted July 03, 2008 08:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for N F S I 2   Click Here to Email N F S I 2     Edit/Delete Message
Mirren's Second-hand Wardrobe

3 July 2008 4:56 AM, PDT

Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren has revealed her fashion secret - shopping at second-hand clothes stores.

The Queen star, 62, is often hailed for her stylish wardrobe, but she admits most of her favourite outfits are not even new - let alone made by a designer label.

She says, "I love second-hand shops. Or I make my own clothes because I've never found the kinds of things I liked."

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Karan Sued By Cartier

Fashion designer Donna Karan is facing legal action from luxury jeweller Cartier for copyright infringement.

The couturier is being targeted by bosses at the French jewellery company, who have accused her of mimicking their celebrated Tank watch collection.

In documents filed in New York's Manhattan federal court on Wednesday, Cartier executives claim: "It is apparent that (the) defendant's use of the Cartier Tank trademark in connection with watches is willful and intentional and done in willful disregard of Cartier's rights."

The company's bosses challenge that Karan's use of the name will diminish the value of their own line, which differs in retail costs by nearly $1,000 (GBP500).

The lawsuit also claims Karan had stolen Cartier's Tank trademark in 2001 - but stopped selling those watches after receiving a cease-and-desist letter.

A spokesperson for Donna Karan could not be reached for comment.

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Tautou To Star As Chanel

27 August 2008 5:07 AM, PDT

French actress Audrey Tautou will star as fashion legend Coco Chanel in a new biopic.

The Da Vinci Code star will portray the icon, who died aged 87 in 1971, in a film entitled Coco avant Chanel.

It will focus on Chanel's revolutionary effect on the fashion industry after setting up her first shop in 1910.

Karl Lagerfeld, art director of the fashion house that Chanel founded, will oversee the costumes - many of which will be re-creations of Chanel's own designs.

The Chanel brand has been endorsed by Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley and Kate Moss.

Production on the movie is due to start in Paris on 15 September, and the film is slated for release next year.

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Armani Donates $1 Million To New York Arts Organisation

19 February 2009 8:10 AM, PST

Fashion designer Giorgio Armani is donating a staggering $1 million (£694,000) to help fund a New York arts programme.

The generous pledge will create the Armani Arts Institute, which will help finance creative initiatives in many of the city's poorest school districts.

In a statement, the big-hearted designer says it was “an investment in the future generations of New York City".

He adds, "What excites me most is that we are not just providing the wood for dance floors and the oil paints for our future artists. More importantly, we are giving young kids a chance to dream.”

The donation will also help the Fund for Public Schools, a non-profit organisation collecting money to support the school system.

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Award-winning Magazine Editor Moore Dies

25 February 2009 8:11 AM, PST

Award-winning magazine editor Nonnie Moore has died after suffering complications following a choking accident. She was 87.

Moore, born Marjorie Eilers, is credited with helping to launch the careers of famed fashion designers and modernising fashion magazines. She died in Manhattan, New York on Thursday.

A fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar and Mademoiselle - where she began her career working as a secretary - Moore nurtured budding designers, including Perry Ellis and Issey Miyake.

In 1984, Moore became fashion director at men's magazine GQ, in what seemed like an unusual move - only to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (Cfda) for her accomplishments a decade later.

Current GQ Creative Director Jim Moore says, "She was not from men’s wear, so people said she was an odd choice, but she was actually the perfect choice... the pages had been filled with a more casual look.”

Further details about the fateful incident were unavailable as WENN went to press.

Moore is survived by two sons, Thomas and Peter, her sister, Dossie Thayer and two grandchildren. Her husband of 38 years, Thomas L. Moore, died in 1990.

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Cruz Cringes As She Sees Red

31 July 2009 9:16 AM, PDT

Penelope Cruz was left shame-faced as she walked down the red carpet in a scarlet suit - but blamed losing her luggage on a flight to London for the fashion faux pas.

The Spanish beauty jetted in to the British capital from Madrid to attend a glamorous event at the city's Somerset House with her Broken Embraces director, Pedro Almodovar.

Instead of donning a full-length gown for the glitzy bash, Cruz was forced to pull on a red suit she kept in her hand luggage - after the airline she was travelling with misplaced her bags.

But she wasn't fazed by blending in with the garish red carpet, and seemed more concerned with the unpredictable English weather.

She told reporters at the event, "I looked up at the sky and said, 'Don't you rain on me - I'm Penelope Cruz!'"

However, filmmaker Almodovar was sure a conspiracy was at work - he is convinced an avid fan is behind Cruz's missing possessions.

He tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "'I think it's a plot. I think someone take it (sic). They bring it with him or her to home (sic). I think it was stolen for a fetishist."

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Jacobs' Wedding Back On

just now

Fashion designer Marc Jacobs has readjusted his busy schedule and made time to marry - he's set to wed boyfriend Lorenzo Martone this weekend (begs22Aug09).

The 46-year-old designer announced his plans to wed ad executive Martone earlier this year.

They were set to exchange vows in Massachusetts in July but Martone revealed the couple was forced to push back the wedding due to Jacobs' heavy workload.

According to the New York Post, the nuptials will be a private ceremony in Provincetown, with no guest list. »

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House of Karl
How much longer can Chanel’s indefatigable designer keep going?
by Dana Thomas

Karl Lagerfeld presented his 55th ready-to-wear collection for Chanel in March in typical over-the-top fashion. Staged at the mammoth Grand Palais in Paris, the show featured models dressed in fur-trimmed tweed minidresses and fur moon boots, sloshing around a giant iceberg that Chanel had shipped in from Sweden. The fashion press howled that Chanel was tone-deaf when it came to the environment—especially after Lagerfeld told reporters backstage that global warming might be “nonsense.” If the controversy was a planned exercise in media hype, it worked.

But some wondered if the stunt wasn’t also Lagerfeld’s commentary on the instability at Chanel, one of fashion’s oldest and most venerable houses. The obvious issue is who will helm the brand once Lagerfeld ends his long reign (now at 27 years and counting)? The unseen: industry talk that Lagerfeld and Maureen Chiquet, Chanel’s American-born global CEO since 2007 and former head of Banana Republic, are at odds. Rumors of Lagerfeld’s looming departure even aired during the March show. The Australian edition of Grazia magazine posted on its Web site, “Karl Lagerfeld’s tenure at Chanel is coming to an end.” Chanel immediately denied it. “Karl Lagerfeld has a long-term contract with the company,” an official statement said. “Replacing him is not an issue.”

But it likely will be sooner rather than later. Lagerfeld is not young—he admits to 73, but his biographer Alicia Drake contends that he’s actually 77—and he’s been at Chanel since 1983, an eternity in fashion. For now he shows no signs of slowing down. In May, he exhibited his Chanel resort collection in Saint-Tropez, followed by a lavish party at the VIP Room nightclub. In July he presented his Chanel couture collection at the Grand Palais. On Sept. 10—his birthday—Lagerfeld received the Couture Council Fashion Visionary Award from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, an award FIT created exclusively for him. “Retirement is not one of the topics with which I deal,” he said last fall.

Even so, Chiquet and Chanel’s owners, the Wertheimer family, must at least be contemplating a succession plan. They’d rather not let the brand stagnate while they search for a new designer, as happened when the house’s founder, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, died at 87 in 1971. “Karl has been the greatest steward for the Chanel brand and has kept it up-to-date,” says Rita Clifton, chairman of Interbrand, a global brand consultancy in London. “But this is a hypercompetitive marketplace. Great brands can fade, and it can happen quickly if you are not careful.”

Following Coco’s death, the house burned through a series of designers who replicated the Chanel style with middling success. Then, in 1983, Lagerfeld arrived. He was the perfect fit: he had classical training in couture and experience in fashion’s more commercial side, ready-to-wear. From his first show in 1983, Lagerfeld took Chanel’s staples—the tweed suit, the rope of pearls, the camellias, and the cap-toe shoes—and made the silhouettes younger and sassier.

By the end of the decade, Chanel was the most popular brand in fashion. Lagerfeld kept turning out one stunning collection after another, even as his peers retired one by one. Today, Lagerfeld is the last of the old-school couturiers still working. “Karl is always exploring,” says Vogue contributing editor André Leon Talley. “No one can match him. No one.”

Chanel is one of the strongest companies in the business. Privately held, it doesn’t reveal sales figures. But according to public documents, it racks up more than $3 billion a year in sales. Among luxury-industry executives, Chanel is known as the “secret company.” When someone is fired, it is done so quietly it doesn’t even make the trade papers.

This lockdown approach has allowed Chanel to deal with Lagerfeld’s succession on the q.t. Any talk is strictly conjecture. In the early 2000s, editors and retailers buzzed that Marc Jacobs, the American designer and creative director for Louis Vuitton in Paris, would take over Chanel; he even did a show of Chanel-like suits for Vuitton that insiders considered an unofficial audition. But a decade later, Jacobs, 47, is still at Vuitton. Now the buzz among fashion insiders is that 49-year-old Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz has been tapped and will shift over to Chanel as soon as his contract is up.

The move would make sense. The Moroccan-born, Israeli-raised Elbaz has the talent and the formal training, having spent several years working for the late American couturier Geoffrey Beene. Elbaz could handle Chanel’s couture line, pleasing the wealthy women who still regularly order its $100,000 made-to-measure frocks. And, as he has proved in his nine years at Lanvin, he can make stylish ready-to-wear that sends editors into rapture and customers to the cash register.

Of course, no one is officially talking: Chanel, Jacobs, and Elbaz all declined interviews for this story. And Lagerfeld just keeps on going. “He shows no sign of lacking energy,” says Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT. “It would be grossly premature for anyone to try to step into his shoes.” But when the time comes, Steele says, “it will be a nightmare to replace him.” Unless, of course, it’s already a done deal.

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