FRESH FACES: Galeries Lafayette is further raising its private label’s ante.
The French department store group tapped French singer and actress Izïa Higelin for a capsule collection for fall. It consists of 20 pieces, including a sleeveless lambskin leather biker jacket, a bomber jacket, an embroidered tulle baseball jacket, a pair of leggings and a hooded sweatshirt, plus a range of accessories. Prices range from 29.99 to 199.99 euros, or from about $33 to $223. The collection is slated to launch Sept. 21 at Galeries Lafayette stores and at Le BHV Marais department store.
It marks a first fashion collection for Higelin, 25, who snatched a French César award for the best female newcomer in 2012 for her acting performance in “Mauvaise Fille.” She is to appear in “Rodin,” a biopic of the sculptor, and is working on her fourth album, slated for release next year.
Galeries Lafayette also tapped Sophie Harand, a finalist in the 2015 edition of the Hyères Festival, to design a 11-piece capsule collection of accessories for fall, which is also set to go on sale Sept. 21. The collection is made up of a holster bag, a backpack, other leather goods and two pairs of sneakers.
The private label’s previous collaborations were with design duo Marius et Léonie; Louis-Gabriel Nouchi, a finalist in the 2014 edition of the Hyères Festival and designer Virginie Guarisco.
As reported, Galeries Lafayette appointed earlier this year Laëtitia Ivanez as artistic director for women’s ready-to-wear of its private label collections, in charge of strengthening the identity of the department store chain’s collections as part of an ongoing repositioning. The first collection bearing Ivanez’s mark will be for spring 2017.