British model, fashion muse Stella Tennant dies at 50
FILE In this Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 file photo, model Stella Tennant poses during a photocall before Chanel Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2018 fashion collection presented in Paris. Tennant, the aristocratic British model who was a muse to designers including Karl Lagerfeld and Gianni Versace, has died suddenly at the age of 50, her family said Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)LONDON – Stella Tennant, the aristocratic British model who was a muse to designers such as Karl Lagerfeld and Gianni Versace, died suddenly at the age of 50, her family said Wednesday. The granddaughter of the 11th Duke of Devonshire Andrew Cavendish and his wife Deborah Mitford of a glamorous, unconventional aristocratic family, Tennant was one of the leading British models of the 1990s. Fashion house Versace paid tribute to Tennant on Twitter, saying: “Versace is mourning the death of Stella Tennant.
Fendi taps Dior designer Kim Jones to replace Karl Lagerfeld
FILE -- In this Jan. 17, 2020 file photo, designer Kim Jones accepts applause after the Dior Homme Mens Fall/Winter 2020-2021 fashion collection presented in Paris. Rome fashion house Fendi announced Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 that Kim Jones is taking over from the late Karl Lagerfeld as creative director of haute couture, ready-to-wear and fur collections. Jones will take on the Fendi duties while staying on as artistic director of Dior Homme. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)ROME Rome fashion house Fendi announced Wednesday that Kim Jones is taking over from the late Karl Lagerfeld as creative director of haute couture, ready-to-wear and fur collections. Jones will take on the Fendi duties while staying on as artistic director of Dior Homme, another house in the Paris-based luxury goods empire of LVMH chief Bernard Arnault.
Retailers look to boost sales, German car sales weak
The company had reopened 367 stores as of May 30, with approximately 30 additional stores reopening the week of May 31. Total comparable store sales declined 27.6%, but online sales soared nearly 300%. Kirkland's currently has 357 of its 404 stores open to customers. One bright spot was online sales, which rose 32.3% in the quarter. In the last month of the quarter, online sales jumped 97%.
Vuitton stages style history wall, Chanel goes pared-down
A model wears a creation for the Chanel fashion collection during Women's fashion week Fall/Winter 2020/21 presented in Paris, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)PARIS – Louis Vuitton staged a dazzling cinematic fashion production to cap Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, with a wall of around 200 human figures dressed in fashions that spanned human history. Simplicity was the Chanel “mot du jour" — from the set of tiered white steps to the pared-down aesthetic of monochrome. Viard's simplest designs were the most effective: A black silk bodice dress with the top lobbed off and dropped Juliette sleeves. The first show since then for Prada's little-sister brand, Miu Miu, did not disappoint creatively.
Chanel delves into founder's orphanage past in couture show
Here are some highlights from the second day of Paris Fashion Week haute couture shows for spring-summer 2020. CHANEL DELVES INTO FOUNDER'S ORPHANAGE CHILDHOODChanel, Viard discovered, had been profoundly inspired in all her designs by the ancient Cistercian Abbey of Aubazine, in the French region of Corrèze — with its flowers, uniforms and stained-glass artistry. A take on a convent schoolgirl uniform opened the show as a signature Chanel tweed skirt-suit. ALEXIS MABILLE ‘TEESES’ HIS GUESTSBurlesque superstar Dita Von Teese opened the show for Alexis Mabille in a black tuxedo with sensual decollete that dripped down the leg with brooding black sequins. The signature tuxedo led to a terracotta obi belt on hot pink loose pants and a V-neck tuxedo in imperial blue.
Chanel celebrates its artisans in glimmering Paris show
PARIS – Chanel brought its itinerant off-season fashion show the “arts and crafts,” with its swath of VIPs including Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard, back to home ground in Paris on Wednesday to mark its first collection since Karl Lagerfeld died earlier this year. Unlike the seasonal collections that trickle down to set high street trends, the “arts and crafts” pre-collection aims at showing off and celebrating the work of the artisans that are the beating heart of Chanel, and the Paris fashion industry as a whole. This year’s homecoming echoes the very first show, held in the salons at 31 Rue Cambon — Chanel’s storied Paris atelier. “There is something so generous about how Chanel has supported the Parisian fashion industry as a whole,” Cotillard said following the show. “Chanel is a sort of ambassador for France and Paris over the world and it makes me so proud,” she added.