J. Crew continued to up its fashion ante with its first formal, out-of-house presentation Thursday in the penthouse of Milk Studios. Models styled in what’s become J. Crew’s signature playful mix were artfully arranged in a look that creative director Jenna Lyons described as “Edie Beale goes to Girl Scout camp.” Classic outerwear with a military feel was worn over girly sequined pieces, creating an eclectic layered look intended to further shed J. Crew’s preppy image, which makes Lyons cringe. “We had a story in The Guardian recently, and the opening line was ‘the preppy retailer,’ and I was like, really? Still?” Lyons sees the presentation as a way to distill the company’s vision, key to which is the catalogue as well as new collaborations, which for fall include hats by Albertus Swanepoel and a current project with Fenton/Fallon jewelry. “I love spiky jewelry, but if we did it, it wouldn’t make sense,” said Lyons of the collaborations. “It’s really about finding people who are doing interesting things and staying true to us.”
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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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