Natalia Vodianova engaged

Natalia Vodianova is engaged to her longtime partner Antoine Arnault.The Russian supermodel took to her Instagram page on New Year’s Day to post a picture of her snuggling up to the Berluti chief executive at the seaside. In the snap, Natalia can be se…

Natalia Vodianova is engaged to her longtime partner Antoine Arnault.

The Russian supermodel took to her Instagram page on New Year’s Day to post a picture of her snuggling up to the Berluti chief executive at the seaside. In the snap, Natalia can be seen flashing her new pear-shaped engagement ring at the camera.

“This year has been beautiful and very memorable,” she captioned the image. “2020 here we come. Can’t wait to celebrate next year with our loved ones @antoinearnault.”

The happy couple was soon inundated with congratulatory messages, including comments from tennis ace Maria Sharapova and Berluti designer Kris Van Assche.

And when one follower asked Natalia if she was going to get married, she replied, “Yes,” with a kissing face emoji.

The fashion star and Antoine, who is the son of French billionaire Bernard Arnault, have been in a relationship since 2011. They are parents to sons Maxim, five, and three-year-old Roman.

Natalia was previously married to Justin Portman from 2001 until June 2011. The former couple shares three children; sons Lucas, 18, and Viktor, 12, as well as daughter Neva, 13.

And while the 37-year-old hesitated at the idea of having more children when she was first dating Antoine, she now lives a blissfully happy life in Paris.

“I mean, I already had three gorgeous children,” she recalled in a chat with W magazine back in 2017. “Maybe initially I was doing it more for him than myself, but, at the same time, when you’re in love with a man, you want to reproduce him as many times as possible.”

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Haider Ackermann still has a soft spot for Berluti

Haider Ackermann is still fond of Berluti months after he left his position as creative director.The designer joined the Paris-based menswear brand in September 2016 but after just three seasons he abruptly departed in March (18), in the midst of a cre…

Haider Ackermann is still fond of Berluti months after he left his position as creative director.

The designer joined the Paris-based menswear brand in September 2016 but after just three seasons he abruptly departed in March (18), in the midst of a creative shuffle at Berluti parent company Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), which saw Kim Jones move from Louis Vuitton to Dior and Virgil Abloh step in to fill his shoes.

In spite of his exit, Ackermann has insisted that he does not begrudge the label in any way.

“You don’t want love affairs to end that soon, that abruptly,” he told American GQ while “wearing Berluti from head to toe”.

“It’s like when you break up but you still love the person you had been with. I’m still close with all my exes. I’m proud of the work that I did with the team at Berluti.”

The Colombian-born French fashion mogul was approached to succeed John Galliano at Dior after declining the proposed succession of Martin Margiela, and admitted that his appointment at Berluti was “unexpected.”

However, Ackermann explained that his decision to join Berluti rather than any of the other labels was not financially motivated.

“If I had done things for financial reasons. I would have accepted different things,” the 47-year-old said. “(With Berluti) I was very intrigued and disturbed. And everything which intrigues and disturbs me always wakes up my curiosity.”

Though Ackermann refused to share what’s next for him in the fashion world, he is happy in Paris where he has lived and worked for eight years, with no plans to move: “unless there is a new love affair – and then I’m out of here again.”

Kris Van Assche succeeded Ackermann at Berluti in April, and will debut his first collection for the brand in January 2019.

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Kris Van Assche drops debut Berluti campaign

Kris Van Assche has unveiled his first Berluti campaign.Van Assche was announced as the artistic director of the menswear label in April, two weeks after he left Dior Homme. He’d been at the French luxury brand for 11 years before he took over Haider A…

Kris Van Assche has unveiled his first Berluti campaign.

Van Assche was announced as the artistic director of the menswear label in April, two weeks after he left Dior Homme. He’d been at the French luxury brand for 11 years before he took over Haider Ackermann’s role at Berluti.

The Belgian designer’s debut adverts for his new company dropped on Monday (18Jun18), just ahead of the first day of Paris Fashion Week: Men’s. Although he’s sitting this round of men’s shows out, Van Assche has ensured the stylish crowd will be talking about Berluti with his stripped-down marketing imagery.

“For this first campaign, I wanted to create an image rooted in the maison’s origins and emboss it with my vision,” he said in a statement. “See you in January.”

Van Assche will show his first Berluti line at the start of 2019, while his Dior Homme successor Kim Jones will unveil his debut collection in Paris on Saturday.

The black and white images, shot by Jamie Hawkesworth and styled by Mauricio Nardi, feature three nude male models posing with only a pair of Berluti’s classic Alessandro Oxford shoes, slung around their necks. The models each show off a different variation of the shoe, which is made from a single piece of patinated Venezia leather or alligator hide.

“This campaign was thought of and art-directed by Kris. I relate to it because it speaks of who we are while holding a promise of more to come,” added Antoine Arnault, chief executive officer of Berluti.

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Nicolas Ghesquiere pleased to have renewed Louis Vuitton role

Nicolas Ghesquiere is “very pleased” to have renewed his contract at Louis Vuitton.The French fashion designer officially replaced Marc Jacobs at the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)-owned luxury label as creative director for women’s collections in …

Nicolas Ghesquiere is “very pleased” to have renewed his contract at Louis Vuitton.

The French fashion designer officially replaced Marc Jacobs at the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)-owned luxury label as creative director for women’s collections in late 2013.

While it was rumoured in 2016 that Ghesquiere was planning to launch his own brand, the story was later denied, and he has now renewed his commitment to the Paris-based company.

“I am very pleased to open the next chapter of the story I started with Louis Vuitton almost five years ago,” Ghesquiere said in a statement on Wednesday (23May18). “Balancing an incredible heritage with a constant quest for innovation has always been an essential part of my work, it is also at the centre of the history of this company and I look forward to further develop the codes we have implemented over the last years.”

In recent months, the fashion industry has seen series of shake-ups within the men’s fashion industry, with Kim Jones replacing Kris Van Assche as head of Dior Homme and former Saint Laurent and Dior Homme designer Hedi Slimane joining Celine.

But it seems Ghesquiere, 47, is content with his current position and Michael Burke, chairman and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton, couldn’t be happier with his head designer.

“I am excited to continue working with Nicolas and the energy he brings to Louis Vuitton. He has established a strong, daring Louis Vuitton aesthetic imbued with the spirit of the house and his own sensibility. I am particularly proud of our achievements together,” the executive shared.

While LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault added: “I am very happy that we are continuing our Louis Vuitton womenswear journey with Nicolas.”

Ghesquiere will present his cruise collection for Louis Vuitton on 28 May at the Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul de Vence on the French Riviera.

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Kris Van Assche tapped as creative director for Berluti

Kris Van Assche has been tapped as the new artistic director of Berluti.The Belgian designer has been announced as the successor of Haider Ackermann, who departed after just 18 months with the label on Friday (30Mar18). Van Assche previously held the …

Kris Van Assche has been tapped as the new artistic director of Berluti.

The Belgian designer has been announced as the successor of Haider Ackermann, who departed after just 18 months with the label on Friday (30Mar18).

Van Assche previously held the same position for 11 years at Dior Homme, which is now being helmed by Kim Jones, and bosses at Berluti are “delighted” to welcome him to their team.

“I have known him for several years, have always admired his work at Dior Homme and I am looking forward to working with him,” Antoine Arnault, chief executive officer of Berluti, said in a statement.

The 41-year-old will oversee the production of shoes, leather goods, ready-to-wear and accessories at the luxury label and will show his first full collection during Paris Fashion Week: Men’s in January 2019.

Van Assche, who has also worked under Hedi Slimane at Yves Saint Laurent as well as Dior, also thanked Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), for his renewed confidence.

“I have always wanted to build bridges between the savoir-faire, the heritage of a house and my clear-cut contemporary vision,” he explained. “Antoine Arnault spoke to me of his ambitions for Berluti and it is with great pleasure that I accept this new challenge which fits perfectly with my own will and vision.”

Van Assche’s appointment marks the latest reshuffling at LVMH to keep up with the growing demand for luxury streetwear, after Slimane was announced as artistic, creative and image director at Celine, while Off-White’s Virgil Abloh was recruited as men’s artistic director at Louis Vuitton.

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Haider Ackermann exiting Berluti

Haider Ackermann is departing Berluti after three seasons at the label.The Colombian-born designer joined the Paris-based menswear brand in September 2016 and has since gone on to build a reputation for his sharp suits and eye-catching accessories.But …

Haider Ackermann is departing Berluti after three seasons at the label.

The Colombian-born designer joined the Paris-based menswear brand in September 2016 and has since gone on to build a reputation for his sharp suits and eye-catching accessories.

But on Friday (30Mar18), bosses at Berluti parent company Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) announced that Ackermann was exiting his role as creative director.

“Haider has been at the core of the evolution of Berluti’s collections and image these past few seasons,” said Berluti’s chief executive officer Antoine Arnault, according to WWD. “I want to thank him for everything he has accomplished since his arrival. His feel for materials, colours, and his wonderful shows will always be linked to the history of the house.”

Ackermann studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and went on to work at John Galliano before starting his eponymous line in 2001.

He has not yet shared whether he will be joining another fashion house or concentrating on his own brand but uploaded a statement on Instagram in which he explained how happy he was to have been a part of the Berluti story.

“I am immensely proud to have been able to put my creativity at the service of this house with an exceptional know-how, whilst working with a passionate team. I thank them for their commitment,” he added.

Ackermann’s exit marks another shake-up within the world of men’s fashion, as Hedi Slimane has recently joined Celine, where he will debut menswear, and Kim Jones has left his role at Louis Vuitton in order to take up the role of head menswear designer at Dior Homme, succeeding Kris Van Assche. Off-White designer Virgil Abloh will replace Jones at Louis Vuitton.

Berluti executives are expected to announce Ackermann’s successor shortly.

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Virgil Abloh named as Louis Vuitton’s new menswear designer

Virgil Abloh has been named as Louis Vuitton’s new artistic director for menswear.The Chicago-raised designer is one of the hottest names in the fashion industry, with A-list fans of his Milan-based fashion label Off-White including Rihanna, Beyonce, B…

Virgil Abloh has been named as Louis Vuitton’s new artistic director for menswear.

The Chicago-raised designer is one of the hottest names in the fashion industry, with A-list fans of his Milan-based fashion label Off-White including Rihanna, Beyonce, Bella Hadid and Drake.

In recent months rumours have swirled that Abloh was looking to take on a top role at a major fashion house, with it announced on Monday morning (26Mar18) that he will be replacing Kim Jones as the French luxury label’s head men’s designer.

“Having followed with great interest Virgil’s ascent since he worked with me at Fendi in 2006, I am thrilled to see how his innate creativity and disruptive approach have made him so relevant, not just in the world of fashion but in popular culture today,” said Louis Vuitton chairman and chief executive officer, Michael Burke, in a statement. “His sensibility towards luxury and savoir-faire will be instrumental in taking Louis Vuitton menswear into the future.”

Abloh studied engineering and architecture before branching out into fashion, first as an art director for JAY-Z and Kanye West’s 2011 album Watch the Throne, and creative director for the Gold Digger rapper before launching influential streetwear label Pyrex Vision, which would ultimately lead him to create brand Off-White in 2013.

Under Off-White, the designer has landed high-profile collaborations with the likes of sportswear giant Nike, eyewear label Warby Parker, and Swedish homeware brand Ikea.

However, the style star is now looking forward to making his mark at the Paris-based label.

“It is an honour for me to accept the position of men’s artistic director for Louis Vuitton,” the 37-year-old shared. “I find the heritage and creative integrity of the House are key inspirations and will look to reference them both while drawing parallels to modern times.”

Abloh will present his first collection for Louis Vuitton as part of Paris Fashion Week: Men’s in June.

His appointment follows a series of shake-ups within the men’s fashion industry, with Jones replacing Kris Van Assche as head of Dior Homme, and former Saint Laurent and Dior Homme designer Hedi Slimane joining Celine.

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Kim Jones enjoyed doing something ‘fun and light’ before Dior appointment

Kim Jones enjoyed creating his “fun and light” capsule for GU before joining Dior.The designer, who oversaw Louis Vuitton’s men’s ready-to-wear division from 2011 until early 2018, succeeded Kris Van Assche as Dior Homme’s artistic director on Monday (…

Kim Jones enjoyed creating his “fun and light” capsule for GU before joining Dior.

The designer, who oversaw Louis Vuitton’s men’s ready-to-wear division from 2011 until early 2018, succeeded Kris Van Assche as Dior Homme’s artistic director on Monday (19Mar18). Prior to landing the prestigious job, Jones created a capsule collection for GU, the sister brand of Uniqlo, and shared that the project was an ideal warm up before getting down to business at the French luxury label.

“(I was) having a gap between two jobs, so I thought it was nice to do something that was just sort of fun and light, easy,” he said in an interview with WWD. “I really just like that fact that it’s young people interested in fashion. There’s an element of the street in what I did for my (eponymous brand). It was quite advanced for its time, so it’s nice showing people what it’s like now.”

Jones’ own line disbanded ten years ago, but the 44-year-old used his collaboration with GU to reissue some of his brand’s favourite pieces after being inundated with requests by fans of his work.

“A lot of young people contact me through social media, or people have researched me and they’ve started looking at old Kim Jones collections. And I thought it’s nice to do something ten years after finishing it,” he smiled.

Speaking of his new gig, the British fashion mogul explained that he was looking forward to taking on a new challenge.

“I am deeply honoured to join the house of Dior, a symbol of the ultimate elegance,” he said in a statement. “I am committed to create a modern and innovative male silhouette built upon the unique legacy of the house.”

Jones will present his first collection for Dior during Paris Fashion Week: Men’s in June.

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Kris Van Assche departing Dior Homme

Kris Van Assche is leaving Dior Homme after an 11-year stint as creative director.The Belgian designer has helmed Christian Dior’s menswear category since April 2007, where he has built up a reputation for his branded T-shirts, edgy streetwear and shar…

Kris Van Assche is leaving Dior Homme after an 11-year stint as creative director.

The Belgian designer has helmed Christian Dior’s menswear category since April 2007, where he has built up a reputation for his branded T-shirts, edgy streetwear and sharp suiting.

However, Van Assche confirmed his departure from the French label on Monday morning (19Mar18).

“After 11 years at Dior Homme, my mind and heart filled with experiences, I am leaving this beautiful house to pursue new challenges,” he said in a statement, before going on to express his thanks to executives at LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the parent company of Dior Homme, for their support over the years. “I wish to thank Bernard Arnault for the trust he placed in me, Sidney Toledano and Serge Brunschwig for their warm welcome at Dior and their continuous support during all those years of collaboration.”

Van Assche has not yet announced his future plans, though he may be looking to focus on his own label, KRISVANASSCHE, which he began working on following his studies at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

Speaking about the designer, Christian Dior chairman and chief executive officer Pietro Beccari added: “I thank Kris Van Assche for contributing to the amazing growth of Dior Homme by creating an elegant and contemporary silhouette for men. He wrote an important chapter in the history of Dior Homme and played a key role in its development.”

Beccari indicated that Van Assche’s successor will be named shortly, with editors at WWD reporting that former Louis Vuitton menswear designer Kim Jones is the current favourite for the position.

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Kim Jones appointed artistic director of Dior Homme

Kim Jones has been named as the new artistic director of Dior Homme.Executives at Christian Dior Couture announced on Monday (19Mar18) that British designer Jones would be joining the French luxury fashion house, succeeding Kris Van Assche in the role….

Kim Jones has been named as the new artistic director of Dior Homme.

Executives at Christian Dior Couture announced on Monday (19Mar18) that British designer Jones would be joining the French luxury fashion house, succeeding Kris Van Assche in the role.

Jones, who oversaw Louis Vuitton’s men’s ready-to-wear division from 2011 until early 2018, will helm the men’s ready-to-wear and accessory collections at Dior.

Pietro Beccari, chairman and chief executive officer of Christian Dior, confirmed Jones’ appointment in a statement and shared that he was looking forward to working with the fashion star.

“I am delighted to welcome Kim Jones at Dior Homme,” said Beccari. “He will benefit from the support of the teams and from the ‘savoir-faire’ of the ateliers to create an elegant men’s wardrobe both classic and anchored in contemporary culture. I am confident that he will continue to further develop Dior Homme on a global scale.”

Jones will present his first collection for Dior during Paris Fashion Week: Men’s in June.

Speaking about his new gig, the 44-year-old explained that he was looking forward to taking on a new challenge.

“I am deeply honoured to join the house of Dior, a symbol of the ultimate elegance,” he said. “I am committed to create a modern and innovative male silhouette built upon the unique legacy of the house.”

After graduating from the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London, Jones worked on partnerships with a variety of companies, including Uniqlo, Topman and Umbro, in addition to helming his eponymous line.

While during his tenure at Louis Vuitton, he became known for his edgy streetwear and travel-inspired garments, as well as his high-profile collaboration with brand skating Supreme.

Van Assche confirmed his departure from Dior after an 11-year stint on Monday morning, but did not give details of his future plans.

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