To a great extent, if not entirely, the digital sphere defines current times. In that regard, Donatella Versace had to consider the Internet in her quest to “redefine Versace for the world today,” as she said backstage before her fall show. Not interested in recasting the house archives for the umpteenth time, she looked online, maybe from the portal of her preferred mobile device, and let its bright, immediate and totally visual language permeate her design process.
Versace titled the show #Greek, and she was not shy about her objectives. The clothes were designed to register with jolts of color, kookiness and suggestive charm in this fleeting cluster of an Instagram world, the one in which Jeremy Scott is king of Milan fashion. The emphasis was on day clothes, which have never been the house priority, that delivered Versace sleekness with crazy color and a lot of branding.
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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