Only hours after it was announced that designer Peter Dundas will be leaving Roberto Cavalli after being with the brand for 19 months, chief executive officer Gian Giacomo Ferraris has announced a radical reorganisation of the entire company. With this, Roberto Cavalli will be closing its Milan operations and transferring all functions to its offices in Florence. Production and logistics will be rationalised and the company will close, relocate and sell stores across its retail network. Cavalli, which currently employs 672 people, will eliminate 200 positions. Ferraris expects the company to return to operating profitability in 2018.
Premium Group, which organises the international fashion trade shows Premium, Seek and Bright as well as the conference #Fashiontech, has after its acquisition of Bright now also acquired Show&Order, making another step towards taking over the Berlin trade show market as well as consolidating its position as a market-leading organiser of trade show platforms.
Founder of Show&Order, Verena malta, remains the show's face and it will also keep its location in the iconic 'Kraftwerk' venue in Berlin's Köpenicker Straße, ideally placed between Premium, Seek and Bright.
Verena Malta explains, that she actively approached the Premium Group in order to use synergies between both platforms and offering retailers a robust and improved trade show platform. The platform, currently showing womenswear fashion in the higher premium segment, will in the future also show women's footwear.
Anita Tillmann, Managing Partner Premium Group says: "By bringing together expertise and knowledge, as well as with the help of our international network, we want to continue to strengthen the market and give retailers what is currently lacking in the market – a curated platform that translates global trends into feminine looks. (…) In times when selfie culture and social media are prevalent, it is becoming ever more important to offer to end consumers something new and exclusive to address the demand for individuality."
The Issey Miyake x United Nude project explores the potential future of creating original products based on the ISSEY MIYAKES’ concept “TEN SEN MEN” (point, line and surface). United Nude, with whom the project was started, regards shoes as architecture. Their manufacturing incorporates cutting-edge materials and techniques. The shoes created from this collaborative work put the people who will wear them at the forefront of the design process and are both functional and playful.
ROCK is based on the concept of “structure”, these shoes are characterized by their dynamic, structured heels looking as if hewn from rock. They are a runway style fusing functionality based on structural dynamics and a colorful playfulness. They are available in six colors: white, black, pink, beige, yellow and green.
WRAP is based on the concept of “wrapping,” these shoes are designed to envelop the foot with just a single sheet of leather. This basic model has an elastic band that improves the fit making the style simple and easy to wear. They are available in three colors: white, black, and silver, and in both flats and low heels.
Harvey Nichols exclusively unveils NORTH WIND an installation in partnership with CIFF. Housed in the London store’s concept space, Project 109, NORTH WIND represents CIFF’s vision of the modern Scandinavian male and presents a carefully curated edit of menswear, art, gastronomy, design and lifestyle objects, that offer a glimpse into how the Scandi man lives, works, dresses, what he eats and how he designs his home. Pushing the boundaries and reinventing the traditional trade fair concept, Harvey Nichols and CIFF short circuit the usual trade-to-retail-to consumer model by offering products direct to the customer.Under the direction of Mr. Kristian W. Andersen Director & Creative Director for CIFF. The new concept will be in place for a total of seven weeks, and has three distinct phases that will showcase a unique blend of curation, creative collaborations and an unfailing eye for spotting and nurturing emerging design talent.
ISKO and Vogue Talents introduce Denim 360 – Jeans and innovation: todays experience, tomorrows key players
Fashion, talent, creativity and consciousness: these were the main guidelines of the special talk “Denim 360° – Jeans and innovation: today’s experience, tomorrow’s key players” which was presented by ISKO and Vogue Talents during the Fashion Week in Milan.
ISKO was able to contribute its consolidated knowledge about trends and dynamics in this industry, as well as experience in training young generations, also thanks to the outstanding support from Vogue Talents, the international platform for up-and-coming talents created by Vogue Italia. The debate also focused on the limitless potential of the denim sector, both for fashion as a whole and for young talents in the industry, based on an approach involving sustainability as well as – and most importantly – “consciousness”, from an environmental and ethical perspective.
Outstanding creativity and originality marks the partnership between Philipp Plein, the famous German designer, who in no time at all has scaled the heights of the global fashion world, and Claudio Pironi, the architect whose studio Claudio Pironi & partners is behind the concept for the brand’s flagship stores. In the company of the fashion world’s big players, today marks the opening of the designer’s new showroom, 3000 square metres covering seven floors housing all the Plein lines.
Set in one of Milan’s most up-market neighbourhoods, the showroom captures the very essence of the brand: explosive, outrageous, rock-inspired and conceived to amaze. The individual brand identities of the Philipp Plein Woman, Man, Junior and accessories lines are reflected to perfection in the customer areas, grouped by merchandise category.
LVMH will be purchasing the majority stake in German travel and carry-on luggage manufacturer, Rimowa. With this for $716 million, the group will put in charge Alexandre Arnault, son of LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault, who will become co-chief executive officer of Rimowa alongside Dieter Morszeck, who will keep his 20 percent stake in the company.
LVMH said the deal between the two companies is expected to be complete in January next year.
Christie’s Handbags & Accessories team have announced the launch of the department in London. In advance of the first London sale in June 2017, the department will host the first exhibition of Handbags at Christie’s King Street. The exhibition will feature both highlights of the Paris auction and a collection of private sale handbags available for immediate purchase.
For the bi-annual sale in Paris on 9th November 2016, for the first time at Christie’s in Paris, collectors and connoisseurs from around the globe will have the chance to acquire an Herm egrave;s, Exceptional Shiny Bleu Marine Porosus Crocodile Diamond Birkin 35 with Diamond & 18K White Gold Hardware estimated €100,000 to €150,000. In addition, also by Herm egrave;s, the sale will feature a Himalaya Kelly 25, the most sought-after of the Himalaya collection, estimated at €65,000-80,000. Another first for the season, the sale will feature the finest grouping of Louis Vuitton trunks and handbags to ever be auctioned. All of these highlights will be on view in both London and Paris.
The pure fashion genius of Gianfranco Ferré and the photographic artistry of Michel Comte identify, respectively, two exhibitions part of the bicentennial celebrations marking the arrival in Parma, of Marie Louise of the House of Hapsburg-Lorraine, Austrian archduchess who ruled as Empress of the French and as the Duchess of Parma, Piacenza and Guastalla.
“Ferré and Comte DETTAGLI. Two Great Fashion/Art Expressionists Delve Into Details” — a project ideated by Alberto Nodolini and produced by Ankamoki — will grace the halls of the first and second floors of Palazzo del Governatore in Parma from September 30, 2016 to January 15, 2017.
The first floor will host “Gianfranco Ferré and Marie Louise: Unexpected Assonances”, an exhibit curated by Gloria Bianchino and Alberto Nodolini in collaboration with the Gianfranco Ferré Foundation, while the second will exclusively feature Michel Comte’s installations in the “Neoclassic” show curated by Jens Remes in collaboration with Alberto Nodolini e Anna Tavani.
Four Marketing have completed the purchase of iconic outerwear brands Penfield and Cape Heights from CEO and Creative Director James Barshall.
Penfield and Cape Heights are distributed worldwide via department stores and premium independents.
Four Marketing is an international premium fashion agency representing over 30 brands including Stone Island, CP Company, Paul & Shark and Velvet by Graham & Spencer. For each of these brands the company owns the flag ship retail store together with the relevant e-commerce site. Four Marketing also owns the new multi-brand store 18montrose which launched early this year.