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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.

Photo: Samir Hussein / Getty Images

Kimmel, Laing, Vaccarello, And More
Among The 2011 ANDAM Prize Nominees

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ANDAM, the French organization devoted to the development of young fashion talent, announced its six finalists for its annual award today, and it’s an international bunch of up-and-comers—some better known than others. Adam Kimmel (a look from whose Fall ’11 men’s collection is above, right), Anthony Vaccarello, Commuun, Jeremy Laing (a look from whose Fall ’11 collection is above, left), Matthew Harding, and Yiqing Yin will go head-to-head in Paris at the end of June. Up for grabs is a €200,000 prize, courtesy of the National Association for the Development of the Fashion Arts, and a yearlong mentorship by Ralph Toledano, formerly of Chloé. Like previous winners Hakaan Yildirim, Giles Deacon, and Gareth Pugh, the designer who takes the prize is obligated to set up operations in France. I’ll be sitting on the jury with, among others, Toledano, Hilary Alexander, Emmanuelle Alt, Sarah Lerfel, Humberto Leon, and ANDAM founder Nathalie Dufour next month. Stay tuned for the blow-by-blow.

Photos: Amanda De Simone / GoRunway.com (Laing); Courtesy of Adam Kimmel (Kimmel)

Elie Tahari Lives Large, Menswear Bulks Up, Ladies Shop Online, And More…

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It’s a big day, quite literally, for Elie Tahari: The designer opened a new 2,250-square-foot shop in Saks Fifth Avenue, the largest on the retailer’s fourth floor. “I thought Ron [Frasch, Saks’ president and CMO] was going to give me my own zip code,” Tahari said. [WWD]

And it’s about to be a big week for menswear. According to a rough count, there are 42 men’s presentations and shows scheduled for New York fashion week (not counting coed presentations), making this season the largest for menswear in memory. [WWD]

What do girls want? To shop online for designer clothes. Nothing too strange about that. What is strange is that designers and their reps don’t seem to understand why. [NYT]

Racked applies itself to some heavy-hitting investigative journalism and discovers that the mysterious @FashionWeekNYC Twitterer is…some guy named Nathan Stobezki. Case closed, probably. [Racked]

Good news from fashion’s revolving doors: Vogue‘s Ethel Park has been named T‘s new senior fashion director. [NYT]

Bad news from fashion’s revolving doors: Chloé CEO Ralph Toledano has left the company; designer Hannah MacGibbon is said to be “devastated.” ]Fashionologie]

Photo: Andrew Thomas