Valentino and L’Oreal sign licensing deal

Valentino and L’Oreal are going into business together.It was announced on Monday (28May18) via a statement from both brands that fashion house Valentino, founded in 1960 by Valentino Garavani, is joining forces with beauty giant L’Oreal to create a li…

Valentino and L’Oreal are going into business together.

It was announced on Monday (28May18) via a statement from both brands that fashion house Valentino, founded in 1960 by Valentino Garavani, is joining forces with beauty giant L’Oreal to create a line of fragrances and beauty products.

“Valentino and L’Oreal have signed a worldwide long-term license agreement for the creation, development and distribution of fine fragrances and luxury beauty under the Valentino brand,” the statement reads. “Valentino today embodies the image of beauty, of the extraordinary and of modernity, and as such, provides a strong inspiration for fragrance and beauty creation.”

Nicolas Hieronimus, deputy chief executive officer at L’Oreal, and Stefano Sassi, chief executive officer of Valentino, further commented on the exciting news.

“We are thrilled to have been granted the license of Maison Valentino,” Hieronimus shared. “With its unique combination of prestige and modernity, Valentino definitely will appeal to Millennial consumers around the globe and ideally complements our brand portfolio.”

“We are very excited to start this new venture together with L’Oreal to further develop our beauty business,” added Sassi. “We believe Valentino has great potential within the category and that with L’Oreal’s unparalleled expertise in the sector, we will be able to realise that potential.”

The worldwide licensing agreement goes into effect on 1 January 2019.

Valentino’s beauty license is currently held by Puig and was previously a part of Procter & Gamble’s portfolio.

Valentino will join an impressive roster of luxury brands, including Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani and Maison Margiela, at L’Oreal’s Luxe Division.

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Tamara Mellon was paid less than the men at Jimmy Choo

Tamara Mellon found it hard to make ends meet when she worked at Jimmy Choo after being paid less than her male colleagues.Tamara co-founded the label, a favourite among the rich and famous, in 1996 with shoe designer Jimmy Choo after realising the pot…

Tamara Mellon found it hard to make ends meet when she worked at Jimmy Choo after being paid less than her male colleagues.

Tamara co-founded the label, a favourite among the rich and famous, in 1996 with shoe designer Jimmy Choo after realising the potential for high-end designer accessories.

In 2007 she appeared on the Sunday Times Rich List, where she was ranked as the 751st richest person in the U.K., but Tamara now reveals the reality of being a woman in business.

“On the first deal we did in 2001 (when Jimmy decided to sell his shares), I wasn’t really earning enough to be able to live on,” she confessed to Britain’s Daily Telegraph. “I did some research on what my peers were being paid elsewhere in the industry and spoke to one particular person who was running a similar company. They were paid three times more than I was. I was a single mother with a small child so the board organised for me to borrow money from the company, to pay myself! So when we went to an exit (with the next sale) I had to sell shares to pay my salary back.”

And during another sale, Tamara uncovered the truth about the pay disparity at Jimmy Choo: “I found that the earnings for the men in our C-suite (executive suite) were a lot more than mine.”

Tamara has opened up about her own experience with pay disparity to mark America’s Equal Pay Day on Tuesday (10Apr18).

She’s also offering discounts on the website for her namesake label, which managed to survive her 2015 bankruptcy filing.

“We never have sales or markdowns, but on Equal Pay Day we give a discount of what the pay gap is between men and women. We were hoping it would be smaller this year,” she sighed.

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Victoria’s Secret beauty Bridget Malcolm details on-set body shaming

Victoria’s Secret model Bridget Malcolm was once asked to make her ribs look more prominent while shooting a swimwear campaign.The slim 26-year-old has been making headlines with her shocking revelations about the fashion industry recently, which she h…

Victoria’s Secret model Bridget Malcolm was once asked to make her ribs look more prominent while shooting a swimwear campaign.

The slim 26-year-old has been making headlines with her shocking revelations about the fashion industry recently, which she has been detailing on her personal website.

In her latest post, the Australian model recalled a time where she was body shamed when working with a new client who had been given outdated measurements and was expecting Bridget to be smaller than she actually was.

“Whilst shooting, I had one lady refuse to look me in the eye, choosing instead to address my stomach with a sneer,” Bridget wrote. “I addressed her, smiled, and she didn’t even look away from my stomach, let alone respond to me beyond monosyllables.

“Another lady asked me to please make my ribs show more whilst shooting, suck in my gut, and tied a sarong around my hips, to ‘hide them.'”

Further revealing the situation was one of her top three “most awful experiences on set”, Bridget decided to forgo lunch that day as she’d been made to feel so bad about her curves.

However, the situation was made worse when people noticed she wasn’t eating and asked why.

“I sat there feeling humiliated, fat and ugly and got to watch everyone else on set (the other 16-year-old model included) tuck into a delicious lunch and cake,” she recalled. “All that fake concern in their eyes over why I wasn’t eating lunch evaporated the second I got back on set. Then it was back to stonewall and scrutiny.”

Since then, Bridget has ditched her diet mentality, and now embraces her natural figure, a lifestyle change that has left her feeling “free”.

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Victoria Beckham appoints Ralph Toledano as chairman

Former Puig head Ralph Toledano has joined Victoria Beckham as the brand’s new chairman.Toledano is one of French fashion’s most high-profile executives and held the roles of president of Puig’s fashion division and chief executive of Nina Ricci and Je…

Former Puig head Ralph Toledano has joined Victoria Beckham as the brand’s new chairman.

Toledano is one of French fashion’s most high-profile executives and held the roles of president of Puig’s fashion division and chief executive of Nina Ricci and Jean Paul Gaultier until he unexpectedly quit in March last year (17).

Executives at Beckham’s eponymous label announced the team update on Wednesday, with the designer praising Toledano’s expertise.

“(He has) unrivalled industry experience to the company. Since I founded the company ten years ago, I have always looked to bring on board the best people to help me deliver my vision,” she shared in a statement.

Toledano was equally as complimentary about his new boss.

“I was fascinated to meet with Victoria – an artist, designer and entrepreneur – who remains driven in her ambition for her brand,” he gushed. “She is at the forefront of the shifting and increasingly digital fashion landscape and, having established her brand vision over the past decade, is now uniquely positioned to communicate this vision directly to her customers.”

He added that the ambition is to turn the brand into a modern luxury group. Toledano’s appointment comes three months after the fashion label was given a $41 million (£30 million) cash injection from NEO Investment Partners.

The partnership with NEO, a private investment firm specialising in luxury brands, will enable the Victoria Beckham label to enhance both its digital and physical retail presence, drive growth in core categories and will allow it to launch into new categories and collaborations.

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Harry Styles lands Gucci Tailoring campaign

Harry Styles is Gucci’s newest campaign star.The singer, who’s a long-time fan of designer Alessandro Michele’s work at the Italian brand, was unveiled as the face of Gucci’s upcoming Tailoring advert via the label’s Instagram page on Sunday …

Harry Styles is Gucci’s newest campaign star.

The singer, who’s a long-time fan of designer Alessandro Michele’s work at the Italian brand, was unveiled as the face of Gucci’s upcoming Tailoring advert via the label’s Instagram page on Sunday (04Mar18).

Sharing a photo of Harry’s hand, covered in rings, stroking a dog, the image was captioned: “Hand and hound: peeking on set with @harrystyles for the new #GucciTailoring campaign. #AlessandroMichele.”

A second upload, a Polaroid of Harry suited and booted standing outside a fish and chip shop, was titled: “An inside look on set: @harrystyles shooting the new #GucciTailoring campaign. #AlessandroMichele.”

A final photo was added, a close up of Harry’s face under the shop’s fish and chips sign.

The 24-year-old Brit often steps out in Gucci clothing and is especially a fan of the label’s flamboyant brocade and floral print suits.

A fan account on Instagram, titled Harry Wore What, is filled with his Gucci outfits, including the custom Gucci double-breasted suit he wore while performing at MusiCares Person of the Year honouring Fleetwood Mac in New York in January, and the black Gucci suit and pink shirt he wore to perform at Victoria Secret Fashion Show.

The Sign of the Times singer’s love for Gucci while he wore onstage as he toured his debut solo album also helped land him a place on the top 10 most powerful celebrity fashion influencers of 2017.

Compiled by online retail shopping tool Lyst, researchers stated: “Harry drove thousand of searches for men’s Gucci floral shirts and suits, wearing the brand throughout his 2017 tour and public appearances.”

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Shayne Oliver designs capsule collection for Diesel’s new project

Diesel has tapped Hood By Air’s Shayne Oliver as the first designer for its new Red Tag Project.Hot on the heels of Moncler’s Genius initiative, which has seen eight top designers join the label for eight new lines, Italian label Diesel has announced a…

Diesel has tapped Hood By Air’s Shayne Oliver as the first designer for its new Red Tag Project.

Hot on the heels of Moncler’s Genius initiative, which has seen eight top designers join the label for eight new lines, Italian label Diesel has announced a similar idea.

The brand will be working with influential designers, who will create capsule collections that will be distributed exclusively by selected retailers worldwide.

Oliver has designed 10 looks, which Diesel will debut in Paris on Saturday (03Mar18).

“I love denim’s heritage and its American roots, as well as Diesel’s Italian core,” Oliver said in a statement. “This capsule is really the language of Renzo (Rosso), the brand founder. Refined razor-sharp denim aesthetics that devours the excesses of trendiness.”

Streetwear brand Hood By Air is currently on hiatus, though Oliver has been keeping busy by teaming with other brands, including Helmut Lang and now Diesel.

Talking about the new project, Rosso, explained how each designer will interpret the fashion house’s offerings.

“This is a vibrant moment for Diesel: we are working on a series of global initiatives, one of which is this with the most groundbreaking and radical international designers, like Shayne,” he added. “The new generations are excited and engaged by beautiful products that have a soul and speak the language of today.”

Rosso is no stranger to pushing the boundaries of fashion, and recently set up a Diesel knock-off store in New York’s Canal Street selling genuine garments that looked fake, thanks to the misspelled DEISEL logo splashed across denim, sweatshirts, caps, and T-shirts.

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Kaia Gerber lands Chanel campaign

Kaia Gerber is Chanel’s new poster girl.Model of the moment Kaia, the daughter of runway legend Cindy Crawford, has been walking for the French label since October 2017, but has yet to star in a Chanel campaign – until now. Chanel head Karl Lagerfeld h…

Kaia Gerber is Chanel’s new poster girl.

Model of the moment Kaia, the daughter of runway legend Cindy Crawford, has been walking for the French label since October 2017, but has yet to star in a Chanel campaign – until now.

Chanel head Karl Lagerfeld has tapped 16-year-old Kaia to appear in the brand’s spring 2018 handbag ads. Karl pulled double duty on the campaign by shooting the images himself, with the result a series of black and white photos which see Kaia posing with the luxury accessories.

The setting for the shoot was the study at Mademoiselle Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s apartment at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris, with Kaia reclining on a sofa wearing a variety of outfits, including Chanel’s signature tweed as she shows off the new 11.12, Gabrielle and Boy handbags.

The campaign further cements Kaia and Karl’s professional partnership. It was announced in January (18) that Kaia will be designing a capsule collection for the Karl Lagerfeld label, made up of ready-to-wear and accessories.

Described as blending Karl’s Parisian chic aesthetic and Kaia’s signature West Coast casual style, the Karl Lagerfeld x Kaia collection hits stores in September (18).

“When Karl first told us his idea to collaborate with Kaia, we were all excited by the incredible potential and power of bringing their two worlds together,” Karl Lagerfeld’s chief executive officer Pier Paolo Righi previously commented. “We have been working intensely over the last months with Kaia in L.A. and at our studio in Paris. It was exciting to see her clear vision, passion and engagement, and the collection will definitely inspire many young women.”

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