GOOD FOUNDATIONS: Louis Vuitton is releasing a book about the foundations and structures of its worldwide stores, from opulent window displays to bag bars. “Louis Vuitton: Architecture & Interiors” will be published on Oct. 1 by Rizzoli and Editions de La Martinière, priced 60 euros, or $85. The 304-page tome will feature 300 illustrations and include unpublished architects’ sketches and interviews with Peter Marino, Christian de Portzamparc and Jun Aoki, among others. There will also be a limited edition version with three photographs on the cover, matched with three monogrammed fabric slipcases in gold, silver and copper, retailing for 125 euros, or $130.
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NO LONGER GAGA: Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin will succeed Lady Gaga as the faces of the MAC AIDS Fund’s Viva Glam campaign for 2012, the company said Monday. The two, who spent Monday being shot for the campaign by David LaChapelle in Miami, will begin appearing in fashion, beauty and lifestyle magazines in February. The MAC AIDS Fund has raised $224 million for AIDS-related charities and research since its founding in 1994.
CAMUTO TO ADD MEN’S: When his 22-year-old son had trouble finding something dressy yet hip to wear to a wedding, Vince Camuto spied opportunity. “No one really has paid attention to this white space,” he said Friday at NorthPark Center in Dallas.
His namesake company plans to launch men’s denim, sportswear, suits and outerwear next year along with a men’s fragrance by Parlux Fragrances Inc., he revealed. Everything will be licensed except footwear, and nothing is inked yet.
“The shoes in the men’s department all look the same,” he asserted. “I think it will be exciting.”
Camuto was speaking to the Fashionistas, a local nonprofit that promotes the industry and funds scholarships.
“We really design with the Texas woman in mind,” he said in his opening remarks. “We find that the woman in Dallas for the most part has a more fashion attitude than anywhere else in the States. They are more feminine and more educated on fashion.”
Camuto attributed his firm’s phenomenal growth — 550 percent last year in footwear alone — to laser focus on trends, delivering affordable style and viewing every failure as an opportunity.
“We study fashion every single day,” he said. “We like to learn what we do right and what we can improve.…The problem with the industry in general is that after a while, it becomes automatic. The brands that really work it are the ones that are really successful.”
ALL FOR TV: A loose definition of the word “buyer” was used in casting retail buyers from H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue as judges on NBC’s upcoming reality competition show “Fashion Star.” Nicole Christie and Terron E. Schaefer are marketers who will be playing the roles of buyers from H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue, respectively, on the show, which is slated to premiere during the first half of next year. Although holding a variety of positions ranging from manager to buyer at H&M through her 11-year career at the Swedish retailer, Christie’s spokeswoman duties make her the furthest from a true buyer in her current position as H&M’s communications director for North America. Schaefer, who was senior vice president of marketing at Warner Bros. prior to joining Saks, is now executive vice president and chief creative officer at the department store company. Caprice Willard, who will be representing Macy’s on “Fashion Star,” is the only judge on the show whose post hues to the traditional definition of buyer. Willard, formerly vice president and divisional merchandise manager for cosmetics at Macy’s West, is vice president and regional planning manager for women’s apparel at Macy’s Southwest Region.
YURMAN GETS HONORED: David and Sybil Yurman will be the first jewelry designers to take home The American Gem Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 11th Circle of Distinction Dinner at the Plaza Hotel tonight. Additionally, recipients of the Triple Zero Awards will be named, which this year include Kathryn Kimmel, vice president and chief marketing officer of the Gemological Institute of America, and David L. Rocha, executive director of Jewelers for Children. Less than 5 percent of jewelers in the country have met the requirements for membership into the nonprofit organization, which was founded in 1934.