PARIS--Celine, the French fashion and accessories house, plans to launch its first fragrance--a women's scent--in fall 1996. The firm, part of Bernard Arnault's empire and controlled by the Au Bon Marché holding company, just started working on the scent's development, said Nan Legeai, Céline chairman and chief executive officer. Legeai is developing the scent with Dominique Fersancourt, formerly a marketing executive at Kenzo Parfums, who, in addition to other duties, was responsible for new-product development. One of Céline's strategies will be to aggressively price the fragrance. "What we are looking to do is make an eau de parfum, but target an eau de toilette price," said Legeai, referring to the difference in fragrance concentrations, and therefore value."We don't want to compete with the likes of Joy or Patou, but we do want to be competitive with fragrances in our sister companies." She was referring to fragrance brands within Arnot's Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton LVMH group of companies, such as Christian Dior and Givenchy perfumes. While Céline is not now part of LVMH, it will be transferred to the corporate group from Au Bon Marché sometime this fall. Legeai said she has wanted for some time to launch a women's fragrance, but felt she had to wait until the time was right. Since 1987, when Legeai became president of Céline, she has been restructuring the 47-year-old company. The company bought back the rights to certain franchise agreements, such as for the U.S, where Céline established a subsidiary in 1990. "The old image of Céline is dead, and we have a much younger-oriented fashion house now," she said. "We can do more of this with a perfume, since it's a lower-priced item that can attract a lot more--and younger--customers." A name has not yet been selected. Similarly, the launch plan, including introductions outside France, has not been completed. The new fragrance will be sold in a selective list of department and specialty stores and perfumeries, according to executives.
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)