PARIS – Fans of the cult Paris concept store Colette flocked to check out its revamped interior this morning, conceived by Japanese interior designer Masamichi Katayama, a.k.a. Wonderwall. The store’s new look centers on a graphic interplay of white walls, glass, steel and black leather merchandising units and tables. Artistic director Sarah Lerfel said she sees it more as a facelift rather than a radical departure from Colette’s original look. “The interior was already timeless. We wanted to make it lighter and create a dialogue between the different universes; to have less of a break between the shop floors,” she said gesturing to the new, brightly lit steel and mirror beauty counters flanking the fashion area on the first floor. Fashion accessories have moved upstairs, presented in hip-level glass cabinets dotted among the forest of mannequins. The 8,000-square-foot Rue Saint-Honoré shop closed for renovation July 7 with shoppers rerouted to an ephemeral Mini Colette in the neighboring Place du Marché Saint Honoré, as well as its online shop. It’s the first time changes have been made to the store’s interior since it opened in 1997. Newly lowered ceilings on the ground and first floor come lit with vast panels, light boxes and extra-long lighting strips. A raised merchandising perspective greets visitors on the ground floor, dedicated to streetwear culture, from an aquarium-like glass structure situated at the store’s entrance – housing steel rails of hip T-shirts – to a wall of rectangular shelving units showcasing the store’s ever-rotating range of collector sneakers. Corners dedicated to the streetwear brands A Bathing Ape, Original Fake, A Life and BBC/Ice Cream line the right wall. A Bathing Ape’s section features steel and glass display cabinets that resemble fish and chips counters.
Phoebe Philo is returning to fashion.
WWD reported yesterday that the English designer is planning a new collection and has been interviewing designers.
One of the most acclaimed designers of her generation, Philo made her name during a 10-year tenure at Celine. Season after season, she minted low-key modernist clothing and handbags and built an intensely loyal fan base.
Philo said the above quote in an exclusive interview when she joined @celine in 2008.
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The Hervé L. Leroux label is returning to ready-to-wear.
The revived line will be presented to buyers during Paris Fashion Week and is designed by the late couturier’s sister Jocelyne Caudroy.
"Hervé left a fantastic heritage [of sketches and unfinished works]. When the project was suggested, I thought of Virginie Viard and how she had worked alongside Karl Lagerfeld. I accepted because this way, I can preserve the way Hervé worked. To continue, when given the opportunity, is important because this heritage lives within us,” Caudroy said.
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French beauty exports grew 9% in 2019.
The sector’s sales to China rose 48 percent on-year.
Overall, France’s largest export beauty product category was skin care, which generated more than 7.3 billion euros, up 46 percent over the past five years.
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