Paris Archive

Kering Results Show 17% Surge at Gucci, Slip at Bottega Veneta

PARIS, France — Italian fashion brand Gucci confirmed its turnaround with a 17 percent rise in third-quarter comparable sales, helping make up for a 10.9 percent sales drop at sister brand Bottega Veneta, parent Kering said on Tuesday. Gucci, in double digit sales growth territory for the first time since 2012, accounts for more than 60 percent of Kering’s operating profit. Analysts had expected its …

LVMH Sales Beat Estimates On Fashion and Leather Goods

PARIS, France —LVMH, the world’s biggest luxury-goods maker, reported third-quarter revenue that beat estimates, led by a stronger-than-expected performance in fashion and leather goods. Sales rose to €9.14 billion ($10.2 billion), the Paris-based maker of TAG Heuer watches and Hennessy cognac said in a statement Monday. Analysts had predicted €8.92 billion, according to the median of 21 estimates in a Bloomberg survey. Revenue climbed 6 …

Forever Rykiel

PARIS, France — Julie de Libran finished work on her spring collection in July, so the news of Sonia Rykiel’s death on August 25 required a re-conceptualisation not of the collection but of its presentation. Sonia’s shows were notable for their chatty Parisiennes gabbing their way down the catwalk, not like the frosty mannequins on other runways. De Libran couldn’t quite swing that groove (the fraught youngsters de nos jours don’t do catwalk …

Hari Nef, Clare Waight Keller and Bhumika Arora on What it Means to Be in the #BoF500

PARIS, France — “It means a lot to me, that I am somewhere on the map.” So said model Bhumika Arora, one of 113 new BoF500 members this year, many of which joined Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and BoF founder and editor-in-chief Imran Amed at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris on Tuesday Our latest video goes inside the cocktail reception, where both new members and Hall-of-Famers alike …

Female Empowerment in Paris

PARIS, France — All of a sudden, in Paris, it was 1968, 1977 or whatever year in recent history coincided with an outburst of protest and a moment of change. Sort of. It was, of course, mostly a mise en scène. These being our digitally superficial times and this being designer fashion — an exercise in turning the basic human need to cover up into a desirable …

Celtic Legend at Alexander McQueen

PARIS, France — Credit photographer Jamie Hawkesworth. He went to the Shetland Islands, off the north eastern coast of Scotland, to shoot a McQueen campaign, and designer Sarah Burton followed along with her team. And there they fell under the spell of the last whisper of land before the United Kingdom dissolves into the North Sea. It was a location made for a McQueen story: rugged, primal …

La vie en rose: how fashion fell for the pink dress

Paris fashion week is almost over, bringing catwalk season to a close four weeks after the circus rolled into New York. And here’s what it boils down to: soon, you will want to wear a pink dress. Wait. A dress? A pink dress? Is this the same fashion industry that’s been banging the drum for tracksuit bottoms and gender fluidity for the past two years? Indeed. …

Esteban Cortazar's Journey to India

PARIS, France — In June, Esteban Cortazar’s apartment burned down. And — post-Beyoncé — we all know what do when life gives you lemons. The designer didn’t phrase it quite like that backstage after his life-affirming show, but he did say that he had become determined to turn the dark into something light. The result was a spiritual, joyous and personal spring collection that prompted …

Giambattista Valli's Sporty Touch

PARIS, France — The work of Giambattista Valli is quite specific. He is a designer of dresses — ethereal, sculptural and generally occasion-oriented. His stylistic span, however, is much bigger and he offered proof of this at today’s show. The opening look — all black, very slim and oddly sporty — felt decidedly non-Valli, at least the dressy Valli which we are used to. The sporty …