PARIS — In the latest shakeup at the troubled house of Lanvin, majority owner Shaw-Lan Wang has reshuffled the company’s management, bringing back former Lanvin executive Nicolas Druz as her adviser, WWD has learned.His appointment was effective Aug. 29, according to a note from Wang that was sent to personnel and seen by WWD. “He is charged with assisting me in the decision-making process,” the Taiwan-based media magnate said.Separately, she revealed Michèle Huiban, chief executive officer of the brand since 2013, would step down from the board of directors and remain with the company as deputy managing director, a post she has held since 2011. She will also retain her position as chief financial officer.Huiban, who took charge of Lanvin’s day-to-day operations following the departure of managing director Thierry Andretta, reports to Wang and is the point person for the executive committee when the owner is not in Paris.She is charged with ensuring the implementation of the strategic projects decided by the board and facilitating the coordination between different departments.Sales at the company have been eroding since peaking at 235 million euros in 2012, according to a source. Last year, revenues fell 23 percent to 162 million euros, with a net loss of 18.3 million euros, marking the house’s first red ink in nearly a decade, with expectations of worsening losses this fiscal year.In July, Bouchra Jarrar exited her position as creative director of the house's women's collections after just two seasons. She was replaced by Olivier Lapidus, a relative unknown, who will show his first collection on Sept. 27 during Paris Fashion Week. Lucas Ossendrijver remains artistic director for Lanvin men's wear.Several members of the board are said to have felt blindsided by Lapidus’ appointment. Investment banker Pierre Mallevays of Savigny Partners confirmed in July that he and minority shareholder Ralph Bartel have submitted letters of resignation to disassociate themselves from Wang’s decisions and governance.As reported, it is understood Bartel and Mallevays had urged Wang to go through a proper process using professional advice from a talent search firm. One source said Wang also did not consult the board when she appointed Jarrar and Huiban.
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)