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2 posts tagged "Didier Grumbach"

The End of an Era in French Fashion

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International Herald Tribune Heritage Luxury Conference - Day 2French fashion’s governing body has a new leader: Ralph Toledano, who currently serves as president of Puig’s fashion division and the acting head of the Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode. Toledano has been named the new president of the Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode, replacing Didier Grumbach. The news comes as no surprise—Grumbach, who has held the position since 1998 and been a powerful force in the industry for decades, has been planning his exit for more than two years. Grumbach, who is known for cofounding Saint Laurent Rive Gauche and helping to establish Givenchy, will officially hand over the reins to Toledano in September. Toledano will be joined by Hermès veteran Stéphane Wargnier, who has been named the executive president.

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Valli Couture

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Giambattista Valli is no longer a guest member on the Couture calendar. The Paris-based designer, who made his debut on the Couture runways for the first time last season, was granted the official haute couture appellation early (typically designers have to wait five years to be eligible) by French fashion’s governing body, the Chambre Syndicale.

Of the decision, Chambre Syndicale president Didier Grumbach tells WWD, “It was clear from his show [in July] that he has caught the attention of a new generation of customers, and he immediately took important orders for his couture,” he says. “So it’s true that the haute couture appellation gives him legitimacy, but objectively speaking, he is already part of the system.”

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