PARIS — In global economic terms, it’s among the worst of times. In the cosseted, hand-wrought world of high fashion, it’s practically the best of times.
“Our best year ever in couture,” said Bruno Pavlovsky, president of fashion at Chanel, citing record couture sales in revenues and units, and hailing Karl Lagerfeld’s spring collection — based on the color blue and paraded through a jetliner set — as well suited to its global clientele.
On Tuesday, Lagerfeld will parade his “new vintage” collection for Chanel in the newly renovated Salon d’Honneur at the Grand Palais.
“The superrich are still superrich,” added Ralph Toledano, president of Puig’s fashion division, which includes Jean Paul Gaultier, which saw revenues jump 23 percent for his Amy Winehouse-inspired spring couture collection, on top of a 28 percent gain in 2011. Gaultier’s couture operates profitably, Toledano noted.
Peter Kim's Los Angeles-based premium denim line has always had its finger on the pulse of youth. This season, novelty is back in a way reminiscent of early Aughts, with studs, lace-ups, racing waxed denim and more. For more highlights if some of the key brands at the Vegas trade shows, go to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: Patrick Gray; Styles by @thealexbadia; Story by @karihamanaka and @marcy_wwd)
"I was driving back on Saturday afternoon from the beach, and I just saw this sign saying 'Skydiving for $95.' And I was like, I can't not sky dive for $95," says Tom Bateman about a moment in Hawaii while shooting "Snatched." #wwdeye (📷: @vsteves; Interview by @ktauer; Styled by @thealexbadia)