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July 28 2014

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3 posts tagged "Antoine Arnault"

Antoine Arnault’s New Gig

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Antoine ArnaultLVMH’s acquisition of Loro Piana—the Italian house known for its super-luxe cashmere and wool wares—earned its final approvals today. And to seal the deal, LVMH appointed Antoine Arnault (son of LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault) as the brand’s chairman, reports WWD. This is just one example of the Arnault children’s increasing responsibility in their father’s company: Antoine is also the CEO of menswear house Berluti, and his sister, Delphine, stepped into the role of executive vice president of Louis Vuitton this summer. Delphine also helped spearhead LVMH’s new young designer prize, which, announced last month, will award the winning talent with 300,000 euros.

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Mostly-Models Edition

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Move over, Madonna. Louis Vuitton’s new face for Spring is Lara Stone, who’s been shot by Steven Meisel rolling around in the dirt. Vuitton exec Antoine Arnault described the campaign as “fresh and summery,” hopefully to coincide with brighter times—because nothing says “financial rebound” like mud-caked finery. [WWD]

Meanwhile, Akris has a new face for Spring, too: Omnipresent Daphne Guinness, who rocks a jet-black bob. Badger stripe or no, the eccentric heiress is about as unlikely a client for the minimalist Swiss label as could be, but somehow it’s working. [Fashionista]

Lady Gaga opted for a floor-length red PVC gown, with enormous puff sleeves and matching eye decals, to meet Queen Elizabeth II of England. That’s a relief. We were worried she was going to go with something weird. [New York]

And an item we missed the first time around from Basel: Ryan McGinley recently hit Utah for a Winter Olympics shoot with outfits by…Rodarte. Theirs are some of the most flammable outfits we’ve ever seen, so here’s hoping the Olympic torch was kept at a prudent distance. [Hint Mag]

Blasblog: LV hearts Earth Day

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I know, I know—there comes a point when all this green living gets to be too much. Like, now socialite galas have to be green, and designers are making green dresses out of organic cotton, and people look at you weird in the grocery store if you’re not buying locally grown, sustainable fish for dinner. To be honest, it’s all a little confusing. (Can someone just tell me right now if clean coal is actually good? Barack says it’s the future, but those Kennedys are telling me “clean coal is a dirty lie.” Jeez.) Thank goodness for Louis Vuitton; they’re making it simple to tithe to Mother Nature this year. For today only, which is Earth Day, by the way, the fashion luxury conglomerate will donate 15 percent of all U.S. online sales to the Climate Project, the Al Gore organization that focuses on raising awareness about global warming. Vuitton has made contributions to the organization in the past in the names of campaign faces like Catherine Deneuve, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, Keith Richards, Sofia Coppola and Francis Ford Coppola, and Sean Connery. “We’re committed to promoting environmental responsibility and sustainable development,” said Antoine Arnault, the head of communications at the French luxury goods house. So for today at least, buying that famous monogram means that you love the earth as much as you love yourself! If you need another excuse, in addition to Earth Day, today is also my birthday—and I’ve never turned down a little bit of L(o)V(e).

 

 

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