August 22 2014

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16 posts tagged "Bernard Arnault"

Alexander Wang Said To Be Headed To Balenciaga


According to the New York Times‘ Cathy Horyn, Alexander Wang is the frontrunner to take over at Balenciaga. The move would make a certain amount of sense given that Wang, with his rapidly expanding New York-based line, has shown that he can make the edgy commercial. What then of the rumor, first reported in WWD yesterday, that Balenciaga’s parent company PPR is looking to invest in Christopher Kane’s label? Kane was posited by the Twittersphere as a likely Balenciaga candidate, though he denied it himself. Even after I plied him with several margaritas at a recent London dinner, he insisted he wanted to concentrate on building his own business. If PPR were to invest, it could give credence to the rumor that rival LVMH tycoon Bernard Arnault has struck a deal with outgoing Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghèsquiere, and PPR wants to strengthen its own stable as much as possible. Along with the news today that J.W. Anderson will be doing a capsule collection for Kane’s former boss Donatella Versace at Versus, this could be a rare case of designer shuffling where everyone turns out to be a winner.

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Sir Bernard? Arnault To Be Knighted


Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, is set to receive an Order of the British Empire for his “services to business and the wider community in the U.K.,” WWD reports. Though he is currently catching flack in France after it was revealed last month that he had applied for Belgian citizenship, he’s getting lots of love from the British and has been approved for the honorary award (the only French national to get it this year) because of his major contributions to relations between the U.K. and France. He joins the likes of Bill Gates, Placido Domingo, and Steven Spielberg, all of whom have received it in the past.

Photo: Francois Guillot / Getty Images

Celine To Move Into Mount Street, Bernard Arnault Takes An Interest In Maxime Simoens, And More…


London’s Mount Street, which has seen a recent influx of luxury retailers, will welcome a Celine shop in the coming months. The LVMH-owned label closed its only London location back in July 2009, shortly after the appointment of creative director Phoebe Philo. [Vogue U.K.]

Maxime Simoens may have parted ways with French label Leonard earlier this month, but LVMH’s Bernard Arnault is reportedly investing in the young designer’s namesake line. Arnault’s usual acquisitions include international luxury brands such as Bulgari, which LVMH purchased last year—which makes Simoens an interesting investment choice. At this time, WWD could not obtain further details. [WWD]

For the alternative bride, Topshop has announced a bridal collection designed by Richard Nicoll. Though no photos have surfaced, the collection is set to hit stores in June. Don’t expect too many girlish frills from Nicoll. [Grazia Daily]

Art-world phenom Damien Hirst reportedly customized a baby monitor for Victoria and David Beckham, whose daughter Harper Seven is now eight months old. Experts say the monitor is valued upwards of £10,000, which means it might just be the most expensive baby monitor in existence. [Daily Mail]

Photo: Courtesy of Celine

Couture’s Confucius


What makes Chinese artist Zhang Huan a fashion darling? It’s not immediately obvious. Zhang, who has traipsed around the Whitney Museum while encased in raw meat, created enormous Buddhas from cowhide, and painted large-scale canvases using incense ash—all in the name of art—has also previously been commissioned by the likes of LVMH chief Bernard Arnault, Christian Dior, and Diane von Furstenberg. His latest exhibition, which inaugurated Shanghai’s newly reopened Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) on Friday, may offer an oblique clue.

Called Q Confucius, the artist’s largest solo exhibition in China takes the ancient philosopher as its subject and blows him up as a 16-foot-high, mechanically breathing replica; in incense ash paintings; and as an animatronic statue in a three-story-high cage populated by nine live monkeys. So is there a fashion twist to it? Perhaps the answer is in irony. “As Mao said, ‘Art comes from daily life,’ ” Zhang says with a wink. “And fashion is really about daily life.”

Zhang Huan: Q Confucius is open through January 29, 2012, at the Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China.

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Bernard Arnault Gets a Rap, Alice Dellal Rocks ‘n’ Rolls, Anja Rubik Weds, And More…


Crank that Bernard Arnault? You read that correctly. The chairman of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is the inspiration behind Soulja Boy’s (the rapper behind “Crank That” and “Turn My Swag On”) new mixtape. By last night, the “Bernard Arnault” EP had already been downloaded over 13,000 times. [WWD]

Soulja Boy isn’t the only one with something to sing about—Brazilian model Alice Dellal (and Mick Jagger’s goddaughter) is rocking out in a “high-voltage solo” for Matthew Donaldson’s new short. The film, which is part of stylist Aurelia Donaldson’s series for The Telegraph, demonstrates models’ off-runway skills. [Nowness]

Before her wedding, model Anja Rubik and her dress designer, Emilio Pucci’s Peter Dundas, checked in with to share the details of the gown’s design process. At the time, the bride wouldn’t reveal specifics of it, but today, we finally get a glimpse of the short dress with a long train she wore down the aisle this weekend. [Vogue.U.K.]

Waiters at Tom Collins’ new pop-up Bistrotheque 88 will be serving up his dishes in serious style. The restaurant, in Canary Wharf (accessible by boat from Westminster Pier in London), enlisted Giles Deacon to create uniforms inspired by the eighties. In addition, some staff members will be sporting pieces from the likes of Katharine Hamnett and Thierry Mugler. Get there soon—it’s only open until July 23. [Grazia Daily]

Photo: Vogue.U.K.