September 3 2014

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Simoens Out At Leonard


Just one season after Maxime Simoens signed on as creative director at Leonard, the designer and the label confirmed earlier reports that they are parting ways in an official statement released this morning. When spoke to the young French designer, who also shows his own namesake ready-to-wear line during Couture, the day he was appointed, he said of Leonard, “It was a bit old, in my opinion. I really want to give it sophistication and modernity.” His debut efforts were certainly for a younger set—his Fall collection included belted jackets and fitted cocktail dresses. As for his successor, WWD reports today that “according to sources, Raffaele Borriello, co-founder of the Paris label Requiem, is expected to be named Leonard’s next designer.”

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Horsewomen On The Horizon, Stella On Shopping, The Latest Dior Rumor, And More…


The equestrian parade continues. The day after Givenchy’s horsey Fall collection, Gucci has announced that Monégasque princess Charlotte Casiraghi (above, at the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge earlier this year) will be the face of its forthcoming equestrian-themed Forever Now campaign by photographer Peter Lindbergh. [Vogue U.K.]

In a candid moment, Stella McCartney acknowledged that she still finds the fashion industry “intimidating.” “I don’t go into shops much now, but I used to find it really daunting,” the designer said. McCartney has a shop of her own opening later this week: a second London outpost. [Vogue U.K.]

The cogitating around Raf Simons’ departure continues. In a new piece, the Times‘ Cathy Horyn considers the diminishing role of designers. “[You] sense that designers, their talents apart, are being used in a dreary chess game of brand power,” she writes. [NYT]

Speaking of designer change-ups, Maxime Simoens is reportedly leaving his position at Leonard. While the French designer retains his own namesake label, he is rumored to be in contact with Dior executives. [WWD]

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Maxime Simoens Makes A Move To Leonard


“I want a woman from our age,” Maxime Simoens, the newly announced creative director of Leonard, tells of the look he has in mind for the label. “It was a bit old, in my opinion. I really want to give it sophistication and modernity. “

The young French designer, who has taken the reins from Véronique Leroy after her eight-year term with Leonard, only began work with the brand today. “I really just began this morning—it’s quite new,” he says. Simoens, who has his own signature ready-to-wear line (which he will continue doing), is known for his strong geometric design aesthetic. He admits, however, he wants to keep the look of his line and Leonard very different. So, what does he have in store? “Leonard was originally a house of fabric—they made it for Chanel and Dior—and then they began doing fashion. I would like to use their vintage fabrics and prints and give them vibrancy and youth,” he explains. “But she will not be in print all the time—it’s impossible!” Until March, when he debuts his first outing with the label, stay tuned.

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