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August 28 2014

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EDM’s Biggest Moneymaker, Johnny Depp’s New Father-Daughter Project, and More of the News You Missed Today

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103.5 KTU's KTUphoria 2014 - ShowJay Z beat out by…
It’s been a pretty good summer (and winter and spring and fall) for Calvin Harris, who has just been named the highest-paid DJ in the world for the second year running. Forbes reported he earned $66 million in the past year playing more than 50 festivals and gigs. What’s more shocking? His earnings topped those of music industry heavyweight Jay Z, who reportedly made $60 million. [The Huffington Post]

Google knows all…
A comparison of the top 20 search terms by area has revealed a sharp difference in the concerns of Americans in various geographical locations. While people living in the wealthiest parts of America are Googling the latest tech gadgets and holiday destinations, those at the other end of the wealth spectrum are worried about health issues and diet tips. [The Cut]

Johnny Depp and Lily-Rose’s New Project…
It was announced today that Hollywood heartthrob Johnny Depp is set to star alongside his 15-year-old daughter, Lily-Rose, in the upcoming film Yoga Hosers. The film is going to be quite the family affair—Haley Quinn Smith, who is the daughter of the movie’s director, Kevin Smith, is also in it. [Harper's Bazaar U.K.]

The most-photographed man in New York?
The first answer that comes to mind here is likely a celebrity name. But according to a NYT story today, it’s a man named Di Mondo. Read all about the relatively unknown eccentric now. [The New York Times]

How Hermès keeps its cool…
Hermès has a new designer, the luxury label’s stock went up more than 175 percent in the last five years, and it was named as one of the most innovative companies in the world, ahead of brands like Netflix and Starbucks. What’s the secret to its historic empire? Forbes reports. [Forbes]

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UPDATED: Nadège Vanhee Rumored to Be Hermès’ Top Pick

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UPDATE: Multiple industry sources have now confirmed to Style.com that Nadège Vanhee will succeed Christophe Lemaire as the creative director of womenswear at Hermès. The house is believed to be sending out an official announcement tomorrow morning.

hermesLet the rumors begin! According to WWD, word on the street is that behind-the-scenes star Nadège Vanhee, who cut her teeth at Delvaux and Maison Martin Margiela, worked under Phoebe Philo as the design director at Céline, and is now the design director at The Row, is Hermès’ top pick to succeed Christophe Lemaire as the head of womenswear. It would be nice to see someone like Vanhee, who has a wealth of experience and an eye for clean, sophisticated luxury, get a mega-gig like the one at Hermès—goodness knows she’s paid her dues. An announcement may be made as early as this week.

When I first heard this rumor, it reminded me of Jil Sander’s choice to hire Rodolfo Paglialunga—a designer who, save a stint as the creative director at Vionnet, earned his stripes working behind the scenes at Prada for 10 years. And then there’s the case of Julie de Libran’s appointment at Sonia Rykiel. Another under-the-radar gem, de Libran designed the pre-collections for Louis Vuitton, but was, of course, not as well known as the brand’s creative director and face, Marc Jacobs. Sometimes it makes sense to have a big name head up a big house. But it’s nice to see that the work of talented, though less famous, industry vets does not go unnoticed.

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BREAKING: Christophe Lemaire to Leave Hermès

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Christophe LemaireAfter four years heading up womenswear at Hermès, Christophe Lemaire is leaving the French heritage house to focus on his eponymous label. Spring ’15, which will walk down the runway in Paris this October, will be his final collection for the brand. “Working for Hermès has been a great pleasure, a profoundly enriching experience on both a human and professional level. I am proud of what we have built together. My own label is growing in an important way, and I now really want and need to dedicate myself to it fully,” offered Lemaire, who replaced Jean Paul Gaultier when he took the reins in 2010. “I am very grateful to Christophe for the passion with which he has addressed and enriched the expression of our house in women’s ready-to-wear. Under his artistic direction, the métier has renewed its aesthetic and produced very satisfactory financial results,” said Hermès CEO Axel Dumas in a statement.

Now, of course, the guessing games will begin as to Lemaire’s successor. Hermès might argue that its brand is less dependent than most on having a “star” designer, and in recent months the house has been increasingly keen to raise the profile of Bali Barret, who, as artistic director of the women’s “universe,” oversees a number of the métiers, including the womenswear. Still, it’s intriguing to think what would happen if certain big-name designers took the helm or if Hermès was to go the route that Loewe recently took of hiring an up-and-coming talent like Jonathan Anderson. On the other hand, there were always those in the industry who felt it was Helmut Lang’s ultimate destiny to alight at the French luxury firm. That seems unlikely, but stay tuned.

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The Birkin Whisperer Ignites a Lawsuit Against Christie’s

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US-FRANCE-FASHION-LUXURY-BAGS-AUCTIONIt’s a battle of the Birkins for Heritage Auctions and Christie’s International. Matthew Rubinger, formerly the resident Hermès handbag expert at Heritage, recently departed the company to join Christie’s, and took Heritage’s “trade secrets” along with him. The New York Times reports that no one knows rare Birkins like Rubinger, 26, who began buying and reselling purses back in high school. Heritage claims in the lawsuit that it invested in his identity, branded him as a star, and introduced him to sources in Hong Kong and Japan. It goes without saying that they were less than pleased when Rubinger traded teams, and they have since filed a lawsuit against Christie’s, Rubinger, and two high-level associates who also left, for breach of contract and stealing trade secrets. Rubinger and his associates’ departure from the auction house left Heritage with essentially no luxury accessories team.

While Heritage has always specialized in high-end accessories, Christie’s, a house generally more concerned with Picasso and Matisse than Hermès and Chanel, has recently made a push into the luxury fashion market. Heritage is seeking $60 million in damages and lost profits, a number that reflects the significant earnings Heritage raked in from Hermès handbag sales. Last December, Heritage sold a one-of-a-kind porosus crocodile and black Togo leather Kelly bag for $125,000, and in late 2011, a red crocodile Birkin bag with 18-karat white-gold and diamond hardware went for a record $203,000. Without those sizable profits, it’s unclear how Heritage will continue with its current plans to expand the business.

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The Hermès Woman Is No Fashion Victim

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Hermès pulled out all the stops and then some for its “All About Women” event here in New York last night, creating tableaux vivants showcasing the house’s many métiers. Our favorite was the bangle bar, where models with stacks of Hermès bracelets on each wrist dispensed flutes of bubbly. (You can read more about the installations in our party report.) Earlier in the evening, creative director Christophe Lemaire’s Fall collection, originally shown in Paris back in March, got a repeat performance. In this video, airing exclusively on Style.com, the designer shares his point of view on the Hermès customer: “She’s not a fashion victim. She likes style. She knows who she is, and she’s looking for timeless beauty and real luxury.” Sound like you? Watch the clip.