Virginie Viard working on Chanel cruise collection during lockdown

Virginie Viard is working on Chanel’s cruise collection during the coronavirus lockdown.The 58-year-old took over the luxury French label after the death of Karl Lagerfeld in February last year, and has been living at her countryside retreat since the …

Virginie Viard is working on Chanel’s cruise collection during the coronavirus lockdown.

The 58-year-old took over the luxury French label after the death of Karl Lagerfeld in February last year, and has been living at her countryside retreat since the country’s president Emmanuel Macron announced restrictions on people’s movement in March to stop the spread of the virus.

While Viard has been missing going to work at Chanel’s studio in Paris, she’s glad she has been able to keep in touch with her team and work on the cruise collection remotely during lockdown.

“I miss going to work, I especially miss the studio,” she told Vogue.com. “Within the world of Chanel, it is certainly one of my favourite things. I have been going there for over 30 years… to me it has never been an ordinary workplace.

“I was able to progress on the themes of the cruise collection before the outbreak; all the details are clear in my head and we are perfectly aligned with the teams. I speak with them daily to continue to exchange ideas, discuss projects, and obviously make sure everyone is well. I have worked with my team for so long; we have such strong relationships and understanding. I have no doubt we will be able to find new ways of working, depending on the evolution of the situation.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the designer said she would be focusing on changing her working environment and routine after restrictions are lifted and the fashion industry begins to get back to normal.

“I feel truthfulness and a realness will be leading me going forward. I will be focusing on the essential and even though I know it will be different, I am confident it will still be good,” she shared.

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Cannes Film Festival unlikely to go ahead ‘in its original form’

Cannes Film Festival bosses have acknowledged that the 2020 edition of the annual event is unlikely to take place “in its original form” this year.The 73rd edition of the prestigious French film festival was originally set to get underway in May, but w…

Cannes Film Festival bosses have acknowledged that the 2020 edition of the annual event is unlikely to take place “in its original form” this year.

The 73rd edition of the prestigious French film festival was originally set to get underway in May, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and organisers hoped to stage it in late June or early July.

However, following French President Emmanuel Macron’s announcement on Monday that all festivals or events with large gatherings would be cancelled until at least mid-July, the organisers have accepted going forward with the traditional event “is no longer an option”.

“We acknowledged that the postponement of the 73rd International Cannes Film Festival, initially considered for the end of June to the beginning of July, is no longer an option,” they said in a statement. “It is clearly difficult to assume that the Festival de Cannes could be held this year in its original form.”

Officials went on to reveal that they were working to stage some form of the event this year.

“Nevertheless, since yesterday evening we have started many discussions with professionals, in France and abroad. They agree that the Festival de Cannes, an essential pillar for the film industry, must explore all contingencies allowing to support the year of Cinema by making Cannes 2020 real, in a way or another,” the statement continued.

“Each and everyone knows that many uncertainties are still reigning over the international health situation. We hope to be able to communicate promptly regarding the shapes that this Cannes 2020 will take.”

On Monday, Macron extended the lockdown in France to 11 May and ruled that all public gathering spaces, including cinemas, restaurants, and bars would remain closed until further notice. There are 98,700 active cases in France, with 15,700 deaths.

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Dior begins manufacturing face masks amid coronavirus crisis

Dior is now producing face masks for frontline health workers amid the coronavirus crisis.Executives at the French luxury label announced on Tuesday that they have reopened the Baby Dior factory in Redon, Brittany in order to begin manufacturing the no…

Dior is now producing face masks for frontline health workers amid the coronavirus crisis.

Executives at the French luxury label announced on Tuesday that they have reopened the Baby Dior factory in Redon, Brittany in order to begin manufacturing the non-surgical hospital gear.

“We are proud to reopen our @BabyDior_official ateliers in Redon, which since yesterday have begun the continuous production of new masks on a volunteer basis,” a representative wrote in an Instagram post. “Dior is actively committed to aiding and protecting all those who are on the front line every day. Thank you to our wonderful petites mains (artisans) who, in an exceptional show of solidarity, are working tirelessly to protect (healthcare workers).”

The initiative follows a call from French President Emmanuel Macron for the production of facemasks to be accelerated. The country, which has had an estimated 52,000 reported cases of Covid-19, needs 10 million masks per week by the end of April, triple its usual capacity.

Accordingly, the Dior spokesperson went on to thank the team in the atelier for all of their hard work.

“We will return more creative than ever to continue making you dream. But for the time being our petites mains have voluntarily undertaken to produce masks for those invaluable people working selflessly on the front lines,” they added. “We proudly salute this gesture which once again shows the generosity of our ateliers and laboratories, more committed than ever to ensuring your protection. Take care of yourself, we are by your side.”

Part of the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) conglomerate, Dior is one of a growing number of high-end brands that have retooled factories and workforces to address the shortfall in vital medical equipment.

Previously, bosses at LVMH announced that they were levering supply chains so they could deliver millions of masks to France from an industrial supplier in China and would also be making and distributing large quantities of hydroalcoholic gel.

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Ralph Lauren awarded prestigious Legion d’honneur

Ralph Lauren has been awarded France’s highest honour by French President Emmanuel Macron.The American designer was bestowed with the Ordre national de la Legion d’honneur (Legion of Honour) at a ceremony held in the Elysee Palace in Paris on Friday, n…

Ralph Lauren has been awarded France’s highest honour by French President Emmanuel Macron.

The American designer was bestowed with the Ordre national de la Legion d’honneur (Legion of Honour) at a ceremony held in the Elysee Palace in Paris on Friday, nine years after being given the title of Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur by former President Nicolas Sarkozy.

“What matters most to me is having my family here,” said Lauren after receiving the accolade.

Macron also heaped praise on the fashion veteran in a 20-minute speech, noting the designer’s “timeless elegance”.

“The American dream that you imported is the spirit of America that we most admire,” he praised. “You incarnate the American spirit.”

A representative for the Ralph Lauren brand shared a photo of the designer decorated with his new medal on Instagram too, and in the accompanying caption, noted that the 80-year-old received the honour in recognition of his “global contributions as a designer, business leader, and philanthropist”.

The post also noted his “deep connection to French heritage”, such as his restoration of a 17th-century Hotel Particulier on Boulevard Saint-Germain.

Nathalie Rykiel was also on hand to celebrate the achievements of Lauren at the star-studded event and told WWD that her mother, the late Sonia Rykiel, was such a fan of the designer that she only slept in Ralph Lauren bedding.

“He is so faithful to himself, to an image, to a country, and what he believes in,” she gushed.

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Chiara Ferragni bans all disposable water bottles from her headquarters

Chiara Ferragni has banned all disposable water bottles from her headquarters in Italy.The influencer/designer is taking a big step towards sustainability and has announced plans to install a water purification system at the offices that house her busi…

Chiara Ferragni has banned all disposable water bottles from her headquarters in Italy.

The influencer/designer is taking a big step towards sustainability and has announced plans to install a water purification system at the offices that house her businesses, including her Chiara Ferragni Collection footwear and apparel brand.

Employees at the Milan offices, which accommodate her The Blonde Salad Crew, will receive treated water through a partnership with international water filtration company Culligan as part of its #Plasticfreewater campaign.

According to a statement released by Ferragni, the eco-friendly move will divert the use of roughly 35,000 plastic bottles annually between her companies.

“Thanks to @culliganitaliana dispensers that treat, cool and gas water immediately we’ll be able to save more than 34565 plastic bottles per year. The real revolution starts now, are you ready to follow the greenest trend of the moment? Save our planet!” the 32-year-old wrote on her Instagram account, The Blonde Salad.

Ferragni’s environmental efforts come as the fashion industry works to become more sustainable.

More than 150 brands signed up to French President Emmanuel Macron’s groundbreaking Fashion Pact in August, which pledged to eliminate single-use plastic and increase the use of renewable energy sources.

And bosses at French luxury goods group Kering, which owns Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen, announced in September that they would be going 100 per cent carbon neutral across all brands.

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Kering pledges commitment to become carbon neutral

Kering has announced it is becoming fully carbon neutral.The French conglomerate, which owns fashion houses such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen, said in a statement that it was going to adopt greener processes throughout its …

Kering has announced it is becoming fully carbon neutral.

The French conglomerate, which owns fashion houses such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen, said in a statement that it was going to adopt greener processes throughout its entire supply chain.

“When it comes to climate change, we can no longer wait to take real action. We all need to step up as businesses and account for the GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions that we generate in total,” said chairman and chief executive Francois-Henri Pinault, according to WWD. “While we focus on avoiding and reducing our GHG emissions to meet our Science-Based Target, we will offset all our remaining emissions and support the conservation of vital forests and biodiversity around the world.”

He also revealed that Kering is pledging to offset its annual greenhouse gas emissions from 2018.

Back in August, Kering and 31 other leading companies signed French President Emmanuel Macron’s Fashion Pact, which is a set of shared objectives the industry can work toward to reduce its environmental impact.

To offset its annual emissions, Kering is investing in projects that conserve biodiversity and support the livelihoods of local communities affected by climate change.

The news comes weeks after Gucci announced its supply chain was now entirely carbon neutral.

The Italian label, helmed by creative director Alessandro Michele, is offsetting all remaining greenhouse gas emissions annually from operations and the entire supply chain through four critically important projects that support forest conservation around the world.

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Top fashion brands commit to Kering-led sustainability pact

Thirty-two top fashion brands and textile companies have committed to Kering’s sustainability pact.Earlier this year, French President Emmanuel Macron asked Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of luxury conglomerate Kering, to …

Thirty-two top fashion brands and textile companies have committed to Kering’s sustainability pact.

Earlier this year, French President Emmanuel Macron asked Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of luxury conglomerate Kering, to bring together the leading players in the industry, with the aim of setting practical objectives for reducing environmental impacts.

Now, ahead of the G7 meeting at Biarritz in France over the weekend, Pinault has announced that the likes of Adidas, Burberry, Chanel, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gap Inc, Giorgio Armani, H&M Group, Hermes, Karl Lagerfeld, Moncler, Nike, Nordstrom, Puma, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Selfridges Group, and Stella McCartney had agreed to be a part of the coalition.

In addition, the so-called Fashion Pact has the backing of Capri Holdings, the parent company of Michael Kors and Versace, Inditex, parent of the Zara chain, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein’s PVH Corp., and all Kering labels, which include Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen.

“Private companies, working alongside nation states, have an essential role to play in protecting the planet. With the Fashion Pact, some leading players in the fashion and textile sector are joining forces for the first time to launch an unprecedented movement,” a Kering representative said in a statement. “A collective endeavour by its nature, the Fashion Pact is open to any company that wants to help to fundamentally transform the practices of the fashion and textile industry, and to meet the environmental challenges of our century.”

The Fashion Pact’s objectives draw on the Science-Based Targets (SBT) initiative, which focuses on stopping global warming, restoring biodiversity and protecting the oceans.

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Fashion’s biggest names pay tribute to Paris following Notre Dame fire

Fashion’s leading designers, including Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren, have paid tribute to the city of Paris following the devastating blaze that tore through Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday (15Apr19).Speaking to WWD, some of the biggest names in fashion…

Fashion’s leading designers, including Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren, have paid tribute to the city of Paris following the devastating blaze that tore through Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday (15Apr19).

Speaking to WWD, some of the biggest names in fashion lamented the loss of the iconic Parisian landmark, which was more than 850 years old.

Jacobs was quick to declare his love for Paris, expressing his belief that he “should have been born there” and describing Monday’s events as “horrible (and) painful”.

“Notre Dame was one of many symbols of Paris and such a strong and majestic one,” he gushed. “I’m very happy and proud that Mr. (Bernard) Arnault and LVMH have stood up and offered such generous support to restore this great beauty.”

Lauren went on to celebrate the enduring legacy of the building, which has survived two World Wars and become one of the most visited landmarks in the French capital.

“Notre Dame will rise from the ashes and continue to inspire not only the strong faith and resiliency of the French people,” he insisted, adding: “All of us from around the world have been touched by the beauty and history of that remarkable edifice.”

Meanwhile, Burberry’s Riccardo Tisci expressed that he was deeply saddened by the fire and called the site “a place of breathtaking beauty, history and religious significance”, and Michael Kors claimed that the structure “felt like an old friend” to him.

Despite the sorrow, there was a definite air of optimism surrounding the cathedral’s future, as Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele noted: “It has many times been attacked, robbed, destroyed. However, every time it was born again, more magnificent than before. I hope it will be the same this time.”

Following the catastrophic fire, fashion mogul Arnault, France’s richest man, and his LVMH luxury goods group pledged $226 million (£173 million) to help rebuild Notre Dame.

The generous donation came shortly after French fashion billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault contributed $113.1 million (£86.3 million) towards the rebuilding of the iconic landmark.

French President Emmanuel Macron has insisted that that cathedral will be rebuilt “even more beautifully”, and that the work will be completed within the next five years.

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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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Karl Lagerfeld contemplating giving up German citizenship

Karl Lagerfeld has threatened to give up his German citizenship.The Hamburg-born fashion designer, who runs the womenswear departments for French luxury label Chanel and Italian brand Fendi, has spent most of his adult life living in Paris. While Lage…

Karl Lagerfeld has threatened to give up his German citizenship.

The Hamburg-born fashion designer, who runs the womenswear departments for French luxury label Chanel and Italian brand Fendi, has spent most of his adult life living in Paris.

While Lagerfeld conveyed a sense of pride in his home country when he chose to unveil Chanel’s Metiers d’Art show in his hometown last December (17), he has now expressed his disdain for German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her 2015 decision to open the nation’s borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees.

“Did she really need to say it was necessary to welcome one million migrants at a time when France, which casts itself as the land of human rights, pledged to take in 30,000?” Lagerfeld said in an interview with French newspaper Le Point published Thursday (10May18), adding: “If this keeps up, I’ll abandon German citizenship.”

Lagerfeld then went on to accuse Merkel of fostering the emergence of the Alternative for Germany (AfD), the right-wing party founded in 2013 which has a number of controversial policies. Describing Merkel as a “pastor’s daughter who can’t accept the evil that Germany carried out after 1933” he then went on to claim that her words played a part in the AfD winning 94 seats in the Bundestag or federal parliament in September’s election.

“The AfD didn’t exist, yet with one sentence she made it exist by alienating two million voters and sending 100 of these neo-Nazis into parliament,” the 84-year-old said.

Lagerfeld did not comment on which country he may look to take up residency should he decide to renounce German citizenship. And though he previously gushed over the election of President Emmanuel Macron in France, he explained that the didn’t necessarily want citizenship there.

“I like Macron personally, and (his wife) Brigitte, but that doesn’t mean I want to become French,” he added.

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