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Chanel held its Western-themed Métiers d’Art show in Dallas last night, and following the spectacular, the house announced that Kristen Stewart (who flew to Texas to watch the runway romp) will star in the house’s Pre-Fall campaign. Stewart has been the face of Balenciaga’s Florabotanica fragrance since 2012, and, given her well-documented friendship with Nicolas Ghesquière, we’re wondering if there’s a Louis Vuitton campaign in her future, too. The Chanel ads will be lensed by Lagerfeld, and are set to debut in May 2014.
Last night in London, Marc Jacobs and his pal and collaborator, the legendary, leather-clad interior architect Peter Marino (you know, the Mohawked character who’s designed stores for everyone from Chanel to Louis Vuitton), sat down for a candid discussion at the Tate Modern. Topics ranged from Marino’s latest art acquisition (a Christopher Wool, whose retrospective is currently on view at the Guggenheim) to Jacobs’ final Louis Vuitton set (“I didn’t know what to do, so we did it all in black,” he said). Jacobs somewhat surprisingly revealed that even superstar designers get scared—especially when it comes to taking their companies public, as he is in the process of doing. “[It's] a healthy fear,” he offered. “I don’t know where it’s all going to go. I learned a lot from working for Vuitton.” And how does Jacobs feel about his successor at the storied French house? “He is a brilliant designer, and he’ll do something completely different. I’ve always admired Nicolas [Ghesquière]. I’m curious to see what he’ll do. We have such different aesthetics. Things need to change. I’m really glad someone I respect and admire and think is a really great talent is there.”
LVMH’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.
There’s more to Moscow’s Red Square than the Kremlin, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, and Lenin’s tomb—for more than a century, it’s been home to GUM (short for Gosudarstvennyi Universalnyi Magasin, or Main Universal Store in English), Russia’s gigantic three-level, glass-domed department store, which celebrated its 120th anniversary last night.
GUM has had a long and often starry line of admirers over its century-plus in business. Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky bought their Patek Philippe watches there. It has survived closures (and opponents, like Stalin, who reportedly hated it), but has always come back. Ten years ago, Bosco di Ciliegi took over the monumental store and restored GUM’s nearly 300,000 square feet to its nineteenth-century splendor. That 19th century splendor is now home to some very 21st century luxury brands, including Dior, Hermès, Giorgio Armani, and Louis Vuitton. Tiffany & Co. is set to arrive next year.
Much of the media coverage has centered on the fate of the giant Vuitton trunk that the label erected out in the Red Square, where the brand was planning to house its Soul of Travel exhibition. After protests from the Kremlin, it is now being dismantled and removed. (Vuitton plans to hold the exhibition elsewhere as soon as possible.) But the political brouhaha didn’t dampen GUM’s birthday mood. The retail center set up a rustic outdoor Christmas fair and staged a period costume party on its Red Square ice rink, which recalled the days of the tsars. Guests sipped hot mulled wine in the snow and snacked on Russian dumplings and crepes with salmon. Revelers even had the chance to mint their own GUM anniversary coins before indulging in the mammoth birthday cake and taking to the ice where a brass band played.
As the fashion on offer in Moscow remains alarmingly pricey due to Russia’s notably high import tax, the best luxury bet at GUM may be the store’s legendary ice cream. Despite the frigid temperatures, there were hordes of people waiting in line for some of the frozen treats. As Winston Churchill once put it, “You cannot defeat a nation that enjoys ice cream at minus-40 degrees C.”