Valentino and Diane von Furstenberg pay tribute to designer Emanuel Ungaro

Valentino Garavani and Diane von Furstenberg have paid tribute to French designer Emanuel Ungaro following his death. The fashion star, who founded his eponymous couture house in 1965 and retired from it in 2004, died in Paris, France at the age of 86…

Valentino Garavani and Diane von Furstenberg have paid tribute to French designer Emanuel Ungaro following his death.

The fashion star, who founded his eponymous couture house in 1965 and retired from it in 2004, died in Paris, France at the age of 86 on Saturday. A number of his fellow designers subsequently paid tribute, with Garavani describing him as a “great and generous friend” to WWD.

“Always with a smile and with a kindness very rare in this fashion world. His colours, his draping and the fantasy he put in every dress, deserve a very important place in the history of fashion,” he praised.

Von Furstenberg told the publication Ungaro’s death was “a very sad thing” and added, “Ungaro reminds me of my youth…of happy, sexy printed dresses,” while Alber Elbaz said he “knew him, adored him and loved him”.

Milliner Stephen Jones paid tribute via Instagram by sharing a photo of one of their collaborations and writing in the caption, “So sad to hear of the passing of the magnificent #emanuelungaro @emanuelungaroparis. To work with him was extraordinary.”

Model Marisa Berenson shared a throwback image of Ungaro fitting her in a dress and described him as a “beautiful, refined and generous man”.

“He was one of the greatest designers of his generation and will go down in fashion history,” she continued. “Thank you dear Emanuel for having been the friend that you were, you are in my thoughts and in my heart.”

Ungaro, who was born in Aix-en-Provence, France, in 1933, got his start in fashion by working as an assistant to a Sicilian tailor. He then spent six years learning from legendary Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga before creating his own fashion house in Paris.

He quickly became a success with his feminine designs, colourful draping, and bold prints, with one of his first clients being former U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Notable creative directors of the Emanuel Ungaro brand have included Giambattista Valli, Peter Dundas, Giles Deacon, and Fausto Puglisi.

Ungaro is survived by his wife, Laura, and a daughter, Cosima.

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Miroslava Duma battling rare lung disease

Fashion influencer Miroslava Duma is fighting a rare lung disease.The Russian blogger and businesswoman, who is often spotted sitting on the front row at runway shows, co-founded websites such as Buro 24/7 and The Tot, and is currently the chief execut…

Fashion influencer Miroslava Duma is fighting a rare lung disease.

The Russian blogger and businesswoman, who is often spotted sitting on the front row at runway shows, co-founded websites such as Buro 24/7 and The Tot, and is currently the chief executive officer of Future Tech Lab, a venture capital fund which seeks to bring fashion and science together in order to promote sustainability.

Over the weekend, Duma took to social media to share that she has been very ill throughout 2019.

“Earlier this year I was diagnosed with a rare lung disease and given seven months to live. It was crazy scary then, but looking back, I realise that the past few months of recovery were possibly the happiest months of my entire life,” the 34-year-old wrote. “I suddenly stopped running the marathon and realised how much I love life, how beautiful our world is and how much I want to stay here. With the people I love. For the first time in my life, I saw the bright blue of the skies. And the beautiful green of the trees. As if I had lived on a different planet before. I wake up happy, just because I can spend one more day here. Not asking for more or trying to run faster.”

Duma did not divulge details of her treatment. However, she acknowledged that her turbulent year has caused her to focus on the people of her life that really matter, particularly her husband Aleksey Mikheev and their three young children.

“Today I continue to follow my big dream, and genuinely believe it can help save our planet. No matter what. And against all odds. One day I hope I’ll be able to tell you all about it,” she insisted. “And most importantly: Thank you to all the wonderful people in my life, I love you with all my heart (and my lungs).”

Duma’s post quickly caught the attention of a number of her celebrity fans, including Nina Garcia, Rachel Zoe, and Maria Sharapova, while fashion designer Alber Elbaz wrote, “I just want to hug you and tell you that the love of your amazing husband and beautiful children and maybe all of us that love you made you fight to stay and stand still here in this world. love (and a good doctor) is all we nee️d.”

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Alber Elbaz partnering with Richemont on new fashion venture

Alber Elbaz is teaming with bosses at Richemont on a new fashion venture.The Moroccan-Israeli designer is perhaps best known for his successful stint as creative director of Lanvin, however, he was let go from his role at the French house in late 2015,…

Alber Elbaz is teaming with bosses at Richemont on a new fashion venture.

The Moroccan-Israeli designer is perhaps best known for his successful stint as creative director of Lanvin, however, he was let go from his role at the French house in late 2015, reportedly due to disagreements with the brand’s management.

Elbaz has enjoyed a low profile in the years following his exit from the label, but over the weekend, he confirmed he had signed a deal with executives at Switzerland-based luxury goods company Richemont to begin work on a new brand.

“I am very happy to partner with Richemont and to establish my ‘dream factory’, which will focus on developing solutions for women of our times,” the 58-year-old commented. “I am extremely excited to collaborate with good people, talented and smart individuals and look forward to also having a lot of fun with this new adventure.”

The joint venture is to be called AZfashion. Johann Rupert, chairman of Richemont, described the project as “an innovative and dynamic start-up”.

“Upon hearing Alber Elbaz describe his vision for fashion and the projects it inspires in him, I was again struck by his creativity and insight,” he praised. “His talent and inventiveness, with his sensitivity towards women and their wellbeing, will be of great value to our group and its Maisons. We warmly welcome Alber to Richemont and look forward to an exciting partnership.”

Since his departure from Lanvin, Elbaz has created limited-edition lines for the likes of LeSportsac, Tod’s, Converse, as well as a perfume for Frederic Malle.

Richemont owns a portfolio of leading luxury houses, including jewellery brands Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, watch labels Baume & Mercier, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Piaget, as well as fashion companies like Alaia, Chloe, and Peter Millar.

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Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista lead tributes to Peter Lindbergh

Supermodels Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista have led tributes to the late Peter Lindbergh.The German photographer and film director, known for his portraits and cinematic images, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 74. His family did not announce…

Supermodels Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista have led tributes to the late Peter Lindbergh.

The German photographer and film director, known for his portraits and cinematic images, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 74. His family did not announce the cause of death but stated that he “leaves a big void”.

In light of the sad news, celebrities and fashion stars have flooded social media with tributes, with Crawford writing on Instagram, “When @therealpeterlindbergh shoots, it’s about the women. It’s not about the hair, make-up, or styling, really. He had a way of turning your imperfections into something unique and beautiful… and his images will always be timeless. You will be so missed Peter. I’m honoured to have known you and worked with you.”

While Evangelista simply posted, “Heartbroken. R.I.P. my Peet.”

Lindbergh garnered international acclaim in the late 1980s when he began photographing a new generation of models, including Evangelista, Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Patitz, and Christy Turlington.

Other industry leaders to share their condolences include photographers Mario Testino, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, designers Peter Dundas, Alber Elbaz, and Victoria Beckham, as well as models Kaia Gerber, Adut Akech, Cara Delevingne, Karen Elson, Adriana Lima, Karlie Kloss, and Coco Rocha.

And as one of Lindbergh’s final works was photographing the September 2019 issue of British Vogue, titled Forces for Change, which was guest-edited by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, a representative for the British royal posted a tribute on Instagram too.

“His work is revered globally for capturing the essence of a subject and promoting healthy ideals of beauty, eschewing Photoshopping, and preferring natural beauty with minimal make-up,” they wrote. “The Duchess of Sussex had worked with Peter in the past and personally chose him to shoot the 15 women on the cover for the September issue of British Vogue, which she guest edited. There is no other photographer she considered to bring this meaningful project to life… He will be deeply missed.”

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Kim Kardashian: ‘Everyone can copy my simple style’

Kim Kardashian is convinced her style is both “relatable and attainable”.The reality star is famous for turning heads with her looks, whether she’s heading to the grocery store or to a red carpet event. And while her wardrobe is full to the brim …

Kim Kardashian is convinced her style is both “relatable and attainable”.

The reality star is famous for turning heads with her looks, whether she’s heading to the grocery store or to a red carpet event.

And while her wardrobe is full to the brim of designer items, mother-of-three Kim thinks fans can recreate her ensembles whatever their budget.

“I have always been extremely simple and really relatable,” she told People magazine. “If I am going through a sweatpants and heels phase or more of a dressy phase, it has always been something that I think other people can kind of have their own version of… It’s really attainable.”

There are some of Kim’s outfits that are less relatable, however – such as the flesh-flashing vintage Thierry Mugler dress she wore to the Hollywood Beauty Awards earlier this year (19).

And the Keeping Up with the Kardashians personality understands that not everyone is going to want to copy such out-there looks.

“Maybe not certain dresses. Like, maybe not certain things, like the Mugler dress, that are so exquisite and different,” the 38-year-old mused. “But I think my everyday style for sure is really accessible.”

Kim has undergone a complete style overhaul since she started dating now-husband Kanye West back in 2012. Yet, she credits her spouse for giving her a new perspective on fashion, after he introduced her to various power players in the industry.

“My style has definitely evolved,” she explained. “When I met Kanye and he really started to bring me to Paris, he introduced me to a bunch of people. I think one of the first people I met were (designers) Riccardo Tisci and Alber Elbaz.

“I’ve learned so much along the way from so many of the best people in the world. So my appreciation has changed enormously.”

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Alber Elbaz teaming with Tod’s on capsule collection

Alber Elbaz is collaborating with Tod’s on a new capsule collection.The Moroccan-Israeli fashion designer has been very selective about his partnerships since his shock exit from his role as creative director at Lanvin in 2015, and in recent years, has…

Alber Elbaz is collaborating with Tod’s on a new capsule collection.

The Moroccan-Israeli fashion designer has been very selective about his partnerships since his shock exit from his role as creative director at Lanvin in 2015, and in recent years, has created limited-edition lines for the likes of LeSportsac and Converse, as well as a perfume for Frederic Malle.

Now, executives at Tod’s have announced Elbaz is to design a range for the Italian leather goods label, marking his first foray into luxury design in quite some time.

“Tod’s is pleased to announce an exclusive collaboration with Alber Elbaz, one of the most talented designers of our time, interpreting the world of Tod’s with his unmistakable creative genius,” a brand rep wrote on Instagram on Friday (05Apr19).

No further details regarding what the capsule will consist of, or a potential release date, were shared, but it is likely that Elbaz’s line will mostly be made up of handbags and shoes to fit in with Tod’s existing categories, and that the capsule will be a part of Tod’s Factory concept.

Speaking to WWD, the 58 year old shared he was thrilled to be working with Tod’s, which is owned by the Della Valle family.

“It made it fun, and very human. This is what I really love in fashion,” he shared. “It was nice to come back to a real family and the whole artisanal aspect was something I really miss.”

Tod’s Factory, a reference to Andy Warhol’s New York City studio, was launched in early 2018, with brand executives seeking to target a younger consumer with regular capsule collections and exclusive lines.

So far, Tod’s has unveiled a line with Alessandro Dell’Acqua, with the range featuring dot kitten-heeled pumps and moccasins with dainty ribbons, and stylish stretch booties, as well as leather biker jackets and trench coats.

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Bruno Sialelli named Lanvin’s new creative director

Bruno Sialelli has been appointed as Lanvin’s new creative director.The French fashion house has been in a state of flux since the departure of long-serving creative director Alber Elbaz in late 2015, with Lucas Ossendrijver, Bouchra Jarrar, and Olivie…

Bruno Sialelli has been appointed as Lanvin’s new creative director.

The French fashion house has been in a state of flux since the departure of long-serving creative director Alber Elbaz in late 2015, with Lucas Ossendrijver, Bouchra Jarrar, and Olivier Lapidus, among the names who’ve held the post of head designer for brief stints.

But executives for Lanvin, which is now owned by Fosun Fashion Group, announced on Monday (21Jan19) that Sialelli will be taking over the artistic direction of the label.

“I am delighted and honoured to join Lanvin, a house founded by a visionary woman who among the first French couturiers dared to offer a global universe with a very wide field of expression,” he said in a statement. “Bringing emotions through compelling stories and defining a modern attitude are going to be exciting challenges in continuing this legacy.”

A relative unknown in the fashion world, Sialelli most recently acted as director of menswear design at Spanish heritage brand Loewe.

Previously, he gained extensive experience as pre-collection womenswear designer at Balenciaga, working under both Nicolas Ghesquiere and Alexander Wang, before becoming senior womenswear designer at Acne Studios, and then at Paco Rabanne.

Regarding Sialelli’s appointment, Lanvin’s chief executive officer Jean-Philippe Hecquet explained that he was confident the rising star would be able to introduce his own flair to upcoming collections whilst also remaining respectful of the house’s “iconic” codes, as established by company founder Jeanne Lanvin.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Bruno as the new creative director of Lanvin,” commented Hecquet. “His singular and very personal vision, his audacity, his culture, his energy and ability to build a strong creative team definitely convinced us. I can’t wait to discover Bruno’s first collections which will fully bring back to life this beautiful and unique fashion house, and once again inspire a passion among our customers.”

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Ralph Lauren toasted at Palace of Versailles as 50th celebrations continue

Ralph Lauren has continued his golden anniversary celebrations in the golden halls of Paris’ Palace of Versailles.This year (18) marks 50 years of Lauren’s namesake label, and he has so far celebrated with a star-studded fashion show in New York in Sep…

Ralph Lauren has continued his golden anniversary celebrations in the golden halls of Paris’ Palace of Versailles.

This year (18) marks 50 years of Lauren’s namesake label, and he has so far celebrated with a star-studded fashion show in New York in September, and a special Bloomingdale’s campaign honouring the milestone.

On Tuesday (04Dec18), he hosted a dinner for 700 guests, including Alber Elbaz, where he told editors at The Hollywood Reporter that all of the pomp “was a little overwhelming”.

Lauren was due to receive a state honour from French President Emmanuel Macron, but it had to be postponed following anti-government riots that have been raging in the capital city. It will now take place in 2019, when he will also be given an honorary British knighthood.

“I know this is a very tough time; we all go through tough times,” Lauren told his guests during the dinner. “It’s a good country, a great country, a beautiful country. I thank you for having me. I love it, and I truly mean that. The people that I’ve met here are wonderful.”

He also spoke of his five decades in fashion, joking that he was a much taller man when he started out.

“When I started my business, I was 6ft 4in and that shows you what the fashion business can do to you,” he cracked.

And the 79-year-old, who designed Priyanka Chopra’s wedding dress for her recent union to Nick Jonas, reflected on his longevity, musing: “What I do is not fashion. No, because fashion is high today and low tomorrow, and I like to be constant.”

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Lucas Ossendrijver exiting Lanvin – report

Lucas Ossendrijver is reportedly leaving Lanvin after nearly 13 years at the brand.Editors at WWD report that the Dutch designer will bow out after presenting the pre-collection to buyers at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. When contacted, the head of men…

Lucas Ossendrijver is reportedly leaving Lanvin after nearly 13 years at the brand.

Editors at WWD report that the Dutch designer will bow out after presenting the pre-collection to buyers at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

When contacted, the head of menswear gave nothing away, stating he was still at the house would make “no further comment for the moment”.

A source told WWD the label is expected to pull out from the runway calendar for the upcoming Paris Fashion Week: Men’s in January.

It marks the latest shake-up at the luxury French fashion house. Since the departure of long-term womenswear creative director Alber Elbaz in late 2015, who left following disagreements with Lanvin’s former majority shareholder Shaw-Lan Wang, there has been a revolving door of designers helming the women’s collections.

Elbaz, who’d been at the label for 14 years, was immediately succeeded by Bouchra Jarrar, who lasted in the role for a little over a year. Next in was Olivier Lapidus, but he departed after only eight months, leaving in March (18).

Lanvin has yet to appoint a new womenswear designer, though it was reported in October that former Loewe employee Bruno Sialelli was being lined up.

Ossendrijver earned his fashion stripes at Kenzo and Dior Homme before he joined Lanvin in 2006. He previously praised working with Elbaz as he celebrated his 10th anniversary at the brand.

“You know those 10 years have been quite formative for me,” Ossendrijver mused to Matches Fashion. “Working with Alber, I learned such a great deal of things. Spending 10 years working with someone in fashion is an eternity. It’s quite rare.”

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Lanvin CEO sets sights on new designer

New Lanvin chief executive Jean-Philippe Hecquet has admitted that the road to success may be bumpy.Hecquet officially begins his duties on Tuesday (28Aug18), though has a tough task ahead of him as the luxury label is currently without a womenswear de…

New Lanvin chief executive Jean-Philippe Hecquet has admitted that the road to success may be bumpy.

Hecquet officially begins his duties on Tuesday (28Aug18), though has a tough task ahead of him as the luxury label is currently without a womenswear designer.

Since the departure of long-serving creative director Alber Elbaz in 2015, there has been a revolving door of head designers at Lanvin, with Lucas Ossendrijver, Bouchra Jarrar, and, most recently, Olivier Lapidus, among those to have come and gone.

“Clearly our objective and our goals are very ambitious, and the road may be a bit bumpy,” Hecquet told Business of Fashion. “It’s never easy to bring back to life a luxury brand… I don’t take it as an easy project.”

Names currently floated as potential successors include former Berluti designer Haider Ackermann and Simon Porte Jacquemus, but a selection has yet to be made.

“The number one priority is, of course, to bring back the creativity,” he continued, adding that the company is “looking at a lot of talent”.

Elbaz, who himself is making a slow return to fashion, was pushed out by former label owner, Taiwanese businesswoman Shaw-Lan Wang.

Lanvin has since changed hands, after Chinese conglomerate Fosun acquired a majority stake in the French brand in February. Former Louis Vuitton employee Hecquet is now looking to re-establish the once-loved fashion house.

“The life at Lanvin was not easy over the last year,” Hecquet said. “My role and the role of the executive committee will really be to bring back the confidence, to bring back the positive vibes.”

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