PARIS — France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy is to remain under legal investigation in the Bettencourt affair, according to a court decision handed down in Bordeaux.In March, Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation for profiting from L'Oréal heir Liliane Bettencourt's frailty during his 2007 presidential campaign, as reported."The court validated the procedure in its entirety," Nicolas Huc-Morel, the lawyer for the family of Bettencourt's daughter Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, told reporters in Bordeaux. The medical expertise concerning 90-year-old Bettencourt had been validated, as well, by the Bordeaux court of appeal’s investigation chamber, he confirmed, referring to doctors' reports determining that Bettencourt's dementia was established by late 2006. The examinations had resulted from Bettencourt Meyers' longstanding claim that her mother’s ill health had been abused. "The decision that was pronounced today is [one] that the Bettencourt Meyers family has awaited with impatience," said Huc-Morel. The Bettencourt affair began in December 2007, when Bettencourt Meyers brought a lawsuit against photographer François-Marie Banier. She alleged he exploited the weakness of her mother, who gave him assets valued at about 1 billion euros, or $1.35 billion at current exchange.The family affair has subsequently taken innumerable twists and turns, blossoming even into an affair of state in July 2010, when an allegation surfaced that Eric Woerth, while serving in 2007 as France’s budget minister and treasurer for Sarkozy's UMP party, received a campaign donation for Sarkozy from the Bettencourts that was well above the legal limit. It was also reported that Sarkozy had received envelopes of cash from them.Bettencourt in October 2011 was placed under legal guardianship of her grandson, Jean-Victor Meyers. That status remains unchanged with the court decision on Tuesday.The court decision does not impact the Bettencourt family's relationship with L'Oréal, in which it holds a 30.5 percent stake, either. Meyers replaced his grandmother on the company’s board in April 2012. About a dozen people remain under formal investigation in the Bettencourt affair in Bordeaux.
La Double J made a name for itself with its vintage-inspired prints, but for resort, designer JJ Martin has ventured into new territory: enter rich jewel toned solids and decadent embellishment, in the form of appliqués, crystals and sequins. #wwdfashion #resort19 #ladoublej
This Just In: J. Crew Group has named Johanna Uurasjarvi as its chief design officer.
Uurasjarvi succeeds Somsack Sikhounmuong, who left the company last September. Tap the link in bio for the full report. #wwdnews
“She came into my hotel room and she was like, ‘I have Chanel and Christian Dior.’ She was like, ‘Chanel likes you.’ And I was like, ‘I’m going to start crying,’” breakout star Maddie Hasson tells WWD of her styling sessions Molly Dickson. “I really like classic, elegant things. I love the way Anna Wintour dresses.” Read more about Hasson’s role in @impulseseries on wwd.com. (📸: @jgreenery ) #wwdeye
@virgilabloh revealed he's working with Australian stylist and
Vogue Australia fashion director @christinecentenera for his debut @louisvuitton men's collection, which will be presented in Paris on June 21. Centenera met Abloh while both working with Kanye West, where she consulted on his all his runway collections since his debut spring 2012 women's wear show. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews (📷: @asussmanphoto)
"In order for Shudu to wear garments, she needs to be able to put them on, just like you would in the real world. You have to digitize the outfits," said Cameron-James Wilson on dressing 3-D model @shudu.gram for her WWD photoshoot with @itsclo3d. #wwdfashion (📸: @cjw.photo)
“Shudu is a digital supermodel, a very glamour and amazing woman. But she’s 3-D,” says Cameron-James Wilson, a fashion photographer and the creature of @shudu.gram. Here, Shudu wears @cushnieetochs for her debut fashion editorial. #wwdfashion (📷: @cjw.photo)
“It is the fierce female performances that came before me that made be able to clearly identify for myself what it was that I wanted to do, what kind of artist I wanted to be, what kind of films I wanted to make,” said @brielarson at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards. See more pictures from the event on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: Matt Baron)