Donna Karan was emotional as she took her runway bow. She was no doubt thinking about the 30 years that had brought her to this point, the ups and downs, about her late husband Stephan Weiss. She also thought about the stress of the past 24 hours during which a series of mishaps, horrible lighting test included, had her “freaking out.”
Karan should also have thought, “God, I just staged a beauty!” Indeed she had. For this career-and-life milestone, Karan was in full-on city mode, sensual, urbane, focused. “I was so clear in what I wanted to say,” she said after the show. “I wanted to show the strength of the woman. I wanted to show that after 30 years I think we stand for something that is absolutely, iconically Donna Karan. I wanted it to be a reflection of the past, and the present coming into the future. I wanted it to be about art, the city, the body, movement, the strength of tailoring, evening.”
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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