MILAN — In eyewear, it’s no longer a matter of big is good. Giant is better. Luxottica and Essilor, the leading maker of lenses worldwide, have agreed to a 46 billion euro merger to form an eyewear behemoth with annual sales of more than 15 billion euros, which is expected to be approved in the third quarter of the year. This is reshaping Italy’s eyewear landscape — as well as the global one — and Italian competitors are working on building a sustainable business.
Italy’s second-largest eyewear manufacturer, Safilo Group, has been grappling with Kering’s decision in 2014 to produce eyewear internally for most of the brands in its stable, and Gucci, in particular, a longtime Safilo licensee.
As 2018 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at the best party photos of the year. First up, newlyweds Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra in black tie at Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary show in September.
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“Sand, summer, sea,” is how designer Sarah Staudinger describes of the beginnings of her latest collection for Staud, writes @elmercer.
Summer was encapsulated through an array of adorable picnic inspired garb in poppy hues like tablecloth gingham compact knit playsuits and matching sets and plenty of crudite-emblazoned offerings. The best foodie-looks included a salad printed waffle minidress with matching cardigan or a matching neon green knit set with fringe made of mini glass lemons (and matching croakies). #wwdfashion
With a litany of sold-out collabs, a history-making debut show for Louis Vuitton men’s and armfuls of awards, Virgil Abloh is WWD’s Newsmaker of the Year. 📸: @lexieblacklock .