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June 20, 2009

The upcoming Funk n’ Trunk Indie Designer Trunk Show, S.F.

I am really looking forward to this one! Its been around for a while now-shame on me for not being able to make the last few. I’m existed to view the 20 designers and hopefully will adopt a few new faves. Of course the cocktail and tapas bar are nothing to shrug of either.

Stay tuned for pics and my review!

June 10, 2009

Comme des Garçons- New Line & Stores

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary, COMME des GARCONS and founder Rei Kawakubo will be opening a gang of their new guerilla stores and line entitled BLACK. The collections will be sold throughout some of the more influential locations worldwide for a total of 18 months. Various locations throughout Asia have already opened up while special 2 week outlets will see a debut on June 22nd, including a corner at colette Paris and Barney’s New York. Black sales are already 50 percent higher than expected. The line sort of falls somewhere in between the Comme des Garçons’ H&M diffusion line and the regular Comme line, ranging in price from about $84 to $147 for tees and about $350 to $623 for jackets — about half the price of the main Comme line. The Black collection includes some of the label’s best-selling silhouettes in popular fabrics and the label’s signature prints, like polka dots, gingham, and checkerboard.

June 5, 2009

The Death of Haute Couture? House of Lacroix files for bankruptcy

Filed under: Fashion (Couture, RTW, Trends, Designers) — luxebeaute @ 8:28 pm

Christian Lacroix, the French couturier whose artistic and exuberant pouf dresses propelled him to fame in the 1980s, became the latest victim of the global financial crisis on Thursday when the fashion house bearing his name filed for court protection from creditors. Founded in 1987 by Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the concept was to start with haute couture, at the apex of the luxury pyramid, and develop from it a range of ready-to-wear apparel, accessories and fragrances. This was the system that had reaped mighty profits for established houses like Christian Dior and Chanel. But despite years of critical success, the company failed to break even, let alone turn a profit.

According to people close to the matter, Lacroix was badly hit in the United States, where it had opened two stores in New York and Las Vegas and where buyers had recently reduced or canceled orders. Ready-to-wear sales for the coming autumn season were down 35 percent and losses for 2008 were 10 million euros ($14 million) on overall revenues of about 30 million euros. Lacroix is by no means the only high end clothing sector to be hit by the financial crisis;  LVMH, the world’s biggest luxury goods company, recently scrapped a plan to open a Louis Vuitton flagship store in Tokyo, Chanel announced the layoffs of 200 temporary employees, and independent Italian house Versace revenue fell 13 percent in the first quarter. It is now difficult to survive in high fashion without being part of a corporate group that can invest in product development and flagship stores and that the pyramid model is no longer viable.

Lacroix collage 1

Limited Edition Sunnies by Delfina Delettrez Fendi

Filed under: Avant Garde Couture — luxebeaute @ 12:49 am

Cult jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez is releasing her first sunglass line this month. They will be available in extremely limited quantity through Colette in Paris and in all Alain Mikli boutiques in France and London. Click here for more on Delfina’s jewelry.


June 1, 2009

Upcoming: June 13th in SF

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