Gourmands and fashionistas? Visit the Salon du Chocolat. Among the essentials of this 23rd edition of the famous Parisian exhibition which opened last Saturday, next to the Masterclass of the biggest chefs in the Espace Pastry Show, a special mention deserves the Fashion Show of Chocolate dresses. Around the theme of the great chocolate adventure, the pair chocolatiers-couturiers have gathered to present a collection 2017 mixing creativity and avant-garde.
New look for the Parisian department store. Printemps Haussmann has just launched its new beauty store: 3000 square meters spreading over three floors with more than 200 brands. This real cosmetics temple, designed by the interior designer Antonio Citterio, offers three different worlds, starting with the Beautysta space visible from the street located at the ground floor. From the latest trendy brands to the iconic ones like Giorgio Armani and Yves Saint Laurent,
Lanvin house has just nominated its new Artistic Director: it is the designer Olivier Lapidus. The designer, Ted Lapidus’s son, succeeds to Bouchra Jarrar, who quitted the house last week after making only two collections. Lapidus will have the task to renew the brand’s image that is controlled since 2001 from the Chinese entrepreneur Shaw-Lan Wang and that ended the 2016 with a net loss.
Artemis, the holding of Pinault family that controls Kering group, has just acquired a minority stake in the capital of the Italian company Giambattista Valli, in view of becoming the main shareholder in the future. It’s the second investment from the holding of Pinault family in Fashion field, after the acquisition of the Maison Courrèges in 2015.
The 5th edition of Milan exhibition Denim Boulevard has chosen an original location this year, an area at the heart of the Fashion district the Torneria, located in via Tortona 32: a 1300 square meters space totally dedicated to the denim canvas. Organised by Tab Communication, the fair which took place from June 17th to June 19th hosted a core of exhibitors, more than 2000 visitors and workshops such as the Levi’s Tailor Shop and the Rajib natural dyes.
The new edition of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) took place on Monday, June the 5th, in New York, in the Hammerstein Ballroom. The ceremony begun with a moving tribute, the awards ceremony posthumously as Fashion Icon to the former editor-in-chief of Vogue Italy and recently disappeared, Franca Sozzani. Winner of the main Awards as best designer for Women and for Men, the Artistic Director at the head of
Last weekend a new boutique Dolce & Gabbana was inaugurated in Venice. It is a flagship store displayed on three floors and located in Calle Larga XXII Marzo, a few meters from Piazza San Marco and Teatro La Fenice. The flagship store, that occupies the premises of the beautiful Palazzo Torres, a former bank, was designed by the American architect Eric Carlson, from the Carbondale cabinet, with full regard to the historical character of the palace.
On Tuesday, 23rd May, it was Valentino’s turn to present its Cruise collection. The Artistic Director Pier Paolo Piccioli has chosen New York and its very trendy district Soho for the location of its fashion show. On the catwalk, the freestyle in its romantic version is the theme. When interviewed on the backstage, the designer has summed up the spirit of the Fashion show as the connexion between “the sport and the romance, the Pre-Columbian myths and the hip-hop energy”.
After a few days of waiting where names like the one of the Italian designer Stefano Pilati were circulating, it’s the English designer Paul Surridge who was at the end nominated as Artistic Director of the Italian brand Roberto Cavalli. Paul Surridge had already been at the head of an Italian company, as Creative Director of Z by Zegna, after experiences at Burberry and Jil Sander.
On Sunday, 7th may, Prada unveiled its cruise collection during the fashion show at the Osservatorio of the Fondazione Prada, located at the first floor of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, famous gallery in the centre of Milan. It is the first time that the Italian luxury company dedicates an entire Fashion Show to its Cruise collection. When interviewed at the end of the runway, the designer Miuccia Prada wanted to specify that “it’s rather a “no cruise” because words such as “cruise” or “resort” seem to me adjectives for marginal fashion shows”.