It's important to follow all the Fall ad campaigns because they are the windows into what each house is feeling for the upcoming season. We saw the clothes on the catwalk, now it's time to see them in real life. Judging by this colorful ad with Lily Donaldson and Sasha Pivovarova, it's safe to say Kenzo is feeling energetic, adventurous, and print-tastic! Love the color synergy between the background and the clothes. Other fabulous Fall ads not to be missed are Moschino, Céline, Diane von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, and more. Step inside to experience them all.
>> Is LVMH, which has owned Kenzo since 1993, ready to put the brand on the block? WWD reports that LVMH has been gauging potential buyers' interest in the brand; sources indicate that investment firm Credit Agricole was recently hired to evaluate the French fashion house, founded in 1970 by Kenzo Takada, for a possible sale.
It seems that whether a deal actually goes through could go either way: it is understood that LVMH would be "fussy," in WWD's words, about selecting a buyer, because it aims to hold onto the Kenzo perfume business, and it's also possible that LVMH will decide to keep the brand, after all. All a LVMH spokesman would say on the matter was, “The company does not comment on rumors."
For those who don't know Leigh Lezark, allow me to introduce the model/famous MisShapes DJ. Not only is she cute and talented, she also has mad styling chops. During Paris Fashion Week, the American beauty made her rounds to runway shows showing off her unique flavor. For the Jean-Charles de Castelbajac show, she mixed black and white prints, giving off the ultimate eclectic vibe. At Christian Dior, she opted for a girly, moody print dress. However, it was John Galliano who brought out her fiery side with a flaming red coat and super fresh heels. She then changed into a black fringed Chanel frock for Karl. At the Kenzo show, Leigh paired a gray jumper with gold brocade jacket. Each outfit had its own quirky cool touch — which was your fave?
Paris Fashion Week is the creme de la creme of all fashion events. New York had its highlights; London wowed me with its revived schedule; and Milan is always beautiful, but Paris? Undeniably thrilling. Here's a roundup of my favorite looks, ranging from the spooky, kooky looks of Gareth Pugh to breathtaking frocks from Yves Saint Laurent. Peep McQueen's ethereal alien-like ensemble here. Keep on to see magical delights from Hermes, Valentino, Vivienne Westwood, Lanvin, and more.
This is no ordinary fragrance. At its heart lies a marble (!) accord with four natural notes: orange blossom and Bulgarian rose for feminine touches, frankincense to intensify the marble, and vanilla to lend a sensual tone.
A metal alloy called Zamac makes up its outer shell, and an internal spray mechanism lies within. Only 1,000 units are available for purchase, and from now until Oct. 19, the bottle will be on display at the Museum of Modern Art as part of a retrospective of Arad's works. Will you get carried away?
>> In the wake of the 23 percent decline in first-half profits it announced Monday, LVMH plans to postpone or suspend marketing and promotions for its brands that failed to be top performers, according to CFO Jean-Jacques Guiony.
He did not specify which brands would receive the "selective investments" still being made, but its wines, spirits, watches, and jewelry businesses were hurt in the past few months and seem like contenders for those being passed over. This new withholding strategy is part of LVMH's cost containment plan for the remainder of 2009.