HONOR BOUND: Yves Carcelle, vice president of the Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création and former chairman and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton, was made an Officer of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian decoration, on New Year’s Day.
Anthony Chalhoub, ceo of the Chalhoub Group, and Guerlain perfumer Thierry Wasser were both made Knights of the Legion of Honor in the annual list.
Meanwhile, Down Under, Karen Walker rang in the New Year with a new title — Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. The order, established by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, recognizes those distinguished by their talents, contributions or merits in any field. Walker, a native of Auckland, was first made a member in 2004 for her services to fashion design. Her new appointment, revealed during the Queen’s New Year celebrations, signifies a rise in rank.
“It just makes you pause for a moment and consider one’s own achievements, which I don’t normally do,” Walker told local New Zealand press following the appointment. “I’m normally thinking, ‘What’s next, what’s next?”’
In the field of fashion design, Trelise Cooper and Francis Hooper were also honored, receiving the status of Dame Companion and Member, respectively.