Kering commits to only working with models aged over 18

Executives at fashion conglomerate Kering have reaffirmed their commitment to only hiring models over the age of 18.Over the past two years, bosses at top houses and media corporations have introduced new codes of conduct regarding photoshoots and runw…

Executives at fashion conglomerate Kering have reaffirmed their commitment to only hiring models over the age of 18.

Over the past two years, bosses at top houses and media corporations have introduced new codes of conduct regarding photoshoots and runway shows in light of the #MeToo movement and claims of sexual misconduct in the entertainment and fashion industries,

Now, bosses at Kering – which owns luxury brands like Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen – have stated that they will only hire models aged over 18.

“As a global luxury group, we are conscious of the influence exerted on younger generations in particular by the images produced by our houses,” declared Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of Kering, in a statement. “We believe that we have a responsibility to put forward the best possible practices in the luxury sector and we hope to create a movement that will encourage others to follow suit.”

Back in September 2017, leaders at Kering and LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton introduced a charter with the aim of banning very thin and underage models from the runway.

The new regulation may mean models like Kaia Gerber, 17, miss out on gigs for a few months. However, a spokesperson for the company is adamant hiring models over the age of 18 signals further progress in a “continued commitment” to women.

“In our view, the physiological and psychological maturity of models aged over 18 seems more appropriate to the rhythm and demands that are involved in this profession. We are also aware of the role model element that images produced by our houses can represent for certain groups of people,” added Marie-Claire Daveu, Kering’s chief sustainability officer.

The new guidelines will be enacted as of the fall/winter 2020 shows.

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Kering expands its Cannes Women in Motion equality programme

Kering is reaffirming its commitment to gender equality by expanding its Women in Motion programme at the Cannes Film Festival.The fashion conglomerate, headed up by CEO Francois-Henri Pinault, rolled out the initiative in 2015 at the annual film celeb…

Kering is reaffirming its commitment to gender equality by expanding its Women in Motion programme at the Cannes Film Festival.

The fashion conglomerate, headed up by CEO Francois-Henri Pinault, rolled out the initiative in 2015 at the annual film celebration, with the aim to highlight the role of women in front and behind the camera.

Since then, the #MeToo movement has kicked off, as well as frank discussions about the pay disparity between men and women in Hollywood.

Pinault, who recently donated $113.1 million (£86.3 million) towards the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral, has now committed to another five years of partnership with Cannes and revealed he is expanding the programme to include arts and culture.

“Since the #MeToo movement, and thanks to all the work done by active groups such as Time’s Up and 50/50 by 2020, the mindset is gradually changing, and steps are being taken,” Pinault said, reports Variety. “But as I’ve said in the past, we must never let our attention fade. First, because equality is still to be achieved — and there is quite some way to go. And second, because where progress is made, there is also inevitably push back — and we simply can’t afford going backwards.”

As part of Women in Motion, an annual award is given out at the festival gala dinner. This year’s recipient is Chinese-born Singaporean actress Gong Li. She follows in the footsteps of Jane Fonda, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, Isabelle Huppert, and Patty Jenkins.

“I’m proud of the awareness it brought to the topic, even at a time when very few thought it was something that should be acted upon,” Pinault, married to Salma Hayek, continued. “And I’m impressed by all the people who raised their voices and took a stand.”

Cannes kicked off on Tuesday and runs until 25 May.

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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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Francois-Henri Pinault donates millions to help rebuild Notre Dame

French fashion billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault has donated $113.1 million (£86.3 million) towards the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral.The Parisian landmark, which is over 850 years old, was left devastated after it was engulfed by flames on Mond…

French fashion billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault has donated $113.1 million (£86.3 million) towards the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral.

The Parisian landmark, which is over 850 years old, was left devastated after it was engulfed by flames on Monday evening (15Apr19), around 7pm local time.

In a statement given to the French newspaper Le Figaro, Pinault, who is the chairman and chief executive officer of Kering, said he hoped that the donation would help to “completely rebuild Notre Dame”.

“This tragedy strikes all the French and beyond all those who are attached to spiritual values. Faced with such a tragedy, everyone wants to revive this jewel of our heritage as quickly as possible,” the statement read. “My father (Francois Pinault) and I have decided to release from the funds of Artemis a sum of €100 million to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre Dame.”

Kering owns a number of luxury fashion brands, such as Gucci, Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen, and Pinault, who is married to actress Salma Hayek, is also president chairman of Artemis, the holding company that controls the assets of the Pinault family.

Following Pinault’s pledge, fellow fashion mogul Bernard Arnault, France’s richest man, and his LVMH luxury goods group have donated a further $226 million (£173 million) to help rebuild the iconic landmark, which they called “a symbol of France, of its heritage and of French unity”.

In the aftermath of the blaze, French authorities have announced that Notre Dame has been “saved and preserved”.

“We can say that the structure is saved, notably the northern belfry,” said Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez, according to Le Figaro.

Experts are now investigating how the blaze began, with initial reports suggesting it was linked to renovation work.

The cost of rebuilding the cathedral is expected to run into the billions of euros.

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Tomas Maier brand to cease operations – report

Tomas Maier’s namesake brand is reportedly set to cease operations.The German designer established his label in 1997, with the company gaining investment from Kering bosses in 2013. Just weeks after Maier announced that he was departing his post as cr…

Tomas Maier’s namesake brand is reportedly set to cease operations.

The German designer established his label in 1997, with the company gaining investment from Kering bosses in 2013.

Just weeks after Maier announced that he was departing his post as creative director at Kering-owned brand Bottega Veneta after a 17-year stint, executives at the luxury conglomerate have confirmed that they are ending their other partnership too.

“Mr. Tomas Maier remains the owner of the Tomas Maier trademark,” a Kering spokesperson told WWD, adding that they would be looking to “safeguard employment, in coordination with local unions.”

The decision to shutter Maier’s label will affect between 20 and 30 employees with his two boutiques in Manhattan to close by the end of the year. Maier’s website will also cease operating, with it understood that appointments to view his resort 2018 have been cancelled.

Maier, who previously worked at Guy Laroche, Sonia Rykiel and Hermes, has not officially commented on his exit from Bottega or closure of his brand. British designer Daniel Lee has been named as his successor at the Italian label.

The news of Kering’s moves to close Maier’s brand comes as the group, helmed by chairman and chief executive officer Francois-Henri Pinault, shared last Thursday that they were in talks with designer Christopher Kane for him to buy back his stake after taking an investment in 2013.

Kering, which controls fashion houses such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Brioni, also managed Stella McCartney’s brand for 17 years, until the British designer made moves to regain full control back in March.

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Christopher Kane in talks to buy back brand from Kering

Christopher Kane is in talks to buy back his namesake fashion brand from Kering.The Scottish designer studied at Central Saint Martins in London before founding his label alongside his sister Tammy in 2006, with celebrity fans of his creations includin…

Christopher Kane is in talks to buy back his namesake fashion brand from Kering.

The Scottish designer studied at Central Saint Martins in London before founding his label alongside his sister Tammy in 2006, with celebrity fans of his creations including Lara Stone, Alexa Chung and Kate Bosworth.

While Kane agreed to sell a 51 per cent stake in his company to fashion conglomerate Kering in 2013, he is now in negotiations to take back ownership.

“Kering is announcing that discussions are underway with Mr. Christopher Kane about the conditions in which the designer could take back full control of the eponymous brand,” a representative for Kering said in a statement on Thursday (21Jun18). “Christopher Kane and Kering wish to continue to collaborate with the aim of achieving a gradual and harmonious transition.”

Neither Kane nor Kering chairman and chief executive officer Francois-Henri Pinault have commented further on the deal.

Kering executives plan to list the stake under “non-current assets held for sale and discontinued operations” in its half-yearly accounts to June 30, set to be published on July 26.

In addition to Kane’s label, Kering controls fashion houses such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Brioni.

The Paris-based luxury giant also managed Stella McCartney’s brand for 17 years, until the designer made moves to regain full control of her brand back in March.

Previously, Kane spoke of his desire to spearhead a revival of British high fashion.

“I don’t think anyone knows what good or bad taste is,” he told Porter magazine last August. “If designers don’t go out there and change perceptions, then where it’s the newness? Where is the thrill in buying something and wearing it? We all need to put more of a thrill back into fashion.”

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Daniel Lee appointed creative director of Bottega Veneta

Daniel Lee has been named as the new creative director of Bottega Veneta.Executives at the Italian luxury label announced on Wednesday (13Jun18) that Tomas Maier would be departing his post after a 17-year stint as head designer at the brand. Two days…

Daniel Lee has been named as the new creative director of Bottega Veneta.

Executives at the Italian luxury label announced on Wednesday (13Jun18) that Tomas Maier would be departing his post after a 17-year stint as head designer at the brand.

Two days later, Kering chairman and chief executive officer Francois-Henri Pinault has appointed Lee as Maier’s successor.

“I am very pleased to welcome Daniel Lee to Kering as creative director of Bottega Veneta,” he said in a statement. “The singularity of his vision inspired by a very personal creative approach convinced me that he was best able to open a new chapter in the history of the house. His work is characterised by great rigor, a mastery of studio expertise, a true passion for materials and an energy that I cannot wait to see take shape at Bottega Veneta.”

Lee will officially begin in his new role on 1 July. The British fashion star studied at Central Saint Martins in London and worked at Maison Margiela, Balenciaga and Donna Karan before taking on his most recent position as director of ready-to-wear design at French label Celine.

Regarding his new gig, Lee explained that he was both “honoured and excited”.

“Maintaining the ingrained codes of the house, craftsmanship, quality and sophistication, I look forward to evolving what has gone before, while contributing a new perspective and modernity,” the 32-year-old shared.

Lee will oversee all creative direction at Bottega, including the manufacture of ready-to-wear garments, shoes, jewellery, eyewear and accessories. And brand chief executive officer Claus-Dietrich Lahrs is thrilled to have a talented young designer on board.

“Daniel Lee has a deep understanding of the house’s current challenges both in terms of creation and development. He will bring to Bottega Veneta a new and distinctive creative language that will continue building the house’s success based on the ambitious foundations already developed over recent years,” he added.

Maier has not officially commented on his exit or shared future plans. However, he may be looking to focusing on his namesake label, which he established in 1997.

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Tomas Maier departing Bottega Veneta after 17 years

Tomas Maier is leaving Bottega Veneta after a 17-year stint as creative director.The German designer has helmed the Italian luxury label since 2001, when he was appointed by Tom Ford. While Maier has evolved Bottega into a contemporary fashion brand du…

Tomas Maier is leaving Bottega Veneta after a 17-year stint as creative director.

The German designer has helmed the Italian luxury label since 2001, when he was appointed by Tom Ford.

While Maier has evolved Bottega into a contemporary fashion brand during his tenure, a representative for parent company Kering announced on Wednesday (13Jun18) that he was moving on.

“Bottega Veneta announces the departure of its creative director Tomas Maier, who joined the Italian house in 2001,” they said in a statement. “Tomas Maier crafted its renaissance by drawing on the exceptional know-how of the house. Thanks to his creative vision, Bottega Veneta today embodies the quintessence of understated and sophisticated luxury.”

In his position, Maier has overseen the manufacture of ready-to-wear, shoes, jewellery, eyewear and accessories.

In a separate note, Kering chairman and chief executive officer Francois-Henri Pinault praised Maier’s vision and success.

“It’s largely due to Tomas’ high-level creative demands that Bottega Veneta became the house it is today. He put it back on the luxury scene and made it an undisputed reference,” he shared. “With his creative vision, he magnificently showcased the expertise of the house’s artisans. I am deeply grateful to him and I personally thank him for the work he accomplished, and for the exceptional success he helped to achieve.”

Maier, who previously worked at Guy Laroche, Sonia Rykiel and Hermes, has not officially commented on his exit or shared future plans. However, he may be looking to focus on his namesake label, which he established in 1997.

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Gucci launches new website dedicated to social and environmental change

Gucci has launched a new website outlining the brand’s dedication to the environment.Gucci Equilibrium, (Equilibrium.gucci.com), went live on Monday (04Jun18), the day before World Environment Day, with president and chief executive officer Marco Biz…

Gucci has launched a new website outlining the brand’s dedication to the environment.

Gucci Equilibrium, (Equilibrium.gucci.com), went live on Monday (04Jun18), the day before World Environment Day, with president and chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri explaining why the label opted to be so transparent with its sustainability goals.

“We have been working on sustainability for so long and we realised at one point that our actions needed to be better understood within and outside the company,” he explained to WWD, adding that the website is also seen as a communications tool for Gucci’s 13,000 employees.

“Gucci Equilibrium will bring clarity and show the architecture of our projects.”

Gucci head Alessandro Michele has been working hard to make the luxury label more environmentally-friendly, with Bizzarri also crediting parent company Kering CEO Francois-Henri Pinault for championing such efforts.

And he revealed how bosses are in the processes of implementing a new programme which allows every Gucci employee to dedicate one per cent of their working hours to volunteering in the local community.

“If each employee is involved — bingo,” Bizzarri smiled. “We can’t save the world alone, but we must start from small things, and there are no shortcuts.”

“These are critical times when we can all play our part in helping to deliver on the UN Global Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. The only way to do that is by bringing people together, sharing ideas, innovation and experiences. This is the objective we have set for Gucci Equilibrium.”

On the website’s homepage, it explains: “We know that our brand and our people are committed agents of social and environmental change and we take that seriously.”

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Salma Hayek’s daughter is already a big fan of fashion and beauty

Salma Hayek’s daughter is obsessed with fashion and loves trawling through her wardrobe.Actress Salma shares 10-year-old daughter Valentina with husband Francois-Henri Pinault, the chairman and chief executive officer of luxury conglomerate Kering, and…

Salma Hayek’s daughter is obsessed with fashion and loves trawling through her wardrobe.

Actress Salma shares 10-year-old daughter Valentina with husband Francois-Henri Pinault, the chairman and chief executive officer of luxury conglomerate Kering, and it seems the pair’s interests in fashion and beauty have rubbed off on the pre-teen.

“(Valentina) has a better eye for style than I do,” Salma smiled to InStyle. “She likes to go in my closet, but what’s worse is the make-up. She’s not allowed to wear it outside of the house yet, but she loves watching all of the tutorials on social media.

“Her friends come over for sleepovers and she does everyone’s make-up. If you need to know what lipstick to buy, ask her. She knows all the different kinds.”

Salma herself is no stranger to the beauty world and launched her skincare and cosmetics line Nuance in 2011 in partnership with drugstore chain CVS.

Talking about Nuance with WWD previously, the 51-year-old Mexican star explained why she wanted to make affordable products.

“My grandmother used to make creams,” she said. “I started doing some research and I realised that sometimes those $1,000 (£730) creams are made for $10 (£7). It made me very sad that women who could not afford it couldn’t have access to something that should have been affordable because of the nature of the ingredients. And then sometimes they start marketing things like gold and caviar, which are very expensive to get.

“I wanted to make the best possible cream that could exist that everyone could afford because I believe that every woman should be entitled to preserve their youth and beauty regardless of how much money they make.”

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