In more ways than one Patrick Rasquinet sits on top of the world. Today, the president and chief executive officer of La Prairie Group is literally there—in Switzerland’s Interlaken, 1,864 feet above sea level with the majestic Alps rising up on all horizons. He is in town to present La Prairie’s latest skin-care innovation, Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal, launching early next year, to international distributors and journalists.
Since Rasquinet’s appointment three years ago, the executive has kept ratcheting up growth for the high-end La Prairie brand, which was founded in 1978 and is part of the German personal-care behemoth Beiersdorf AG. In the nine months to Sept. 30, the brand posted sales growth of 5.4 percent, and is expected to end 2013 with an 8 percent gain despite the current inclement economic environment worldwide.
WWD: La Prairie is celebrating its 35th anniversary. To what do you attribute the longevity of the brand? Patrick Rasquinet: It’s the fact that we could evolve but still stay very true to what we stand for. We always talk about five big values within La Prairie. These are luxury, innovation, efficacy and the high-touch service—all this nicely wrapped into “Swissness.”
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)