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It’s Confirmed: Marc Jacobs is Leaving Louis Vuitton to Focus on Taking His Brand Public

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Image: IMAXtree

It's been confirmed: Marc Jacobs is leaving Louis Vuitton after 16 years at the helm of the French fashion house. The news was confirmed to WWD's Bridget Foley this morning by Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH (the luxury conglomerate which owns the prestige brand), the designer himself and his longtime business partner, Robert Duffy.

Jacobs is stepping down to focus on preparing his eponymous New York City brand to make an initial public offering (IPO). But just because Jacobs is stepping down from his position at Louis Vuitton doesn't mean he's severing his relationship with his former bosses: LVMH owns a 96% stake in Marc Jacobs International and one-third of the trademark. 

The development was first confirmed by the French business magazine Challenges on September 21. The publication also reported that Nicolas Ghesquière was the most likely successor, though other candidates were still being considered. Speculation that Jacobs would leave Louis Vuitton emerged in June, when WWD reported on rumors that the designer was being considered for creative director at Coach


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Alice Temperley’s High-Street Somerset Range to Launch New Categories

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We’ve loved Alice Temperley’s Somerset range in high-street department store John Lewis and today we’ve learned that they’re expanding the range to include lingerie, nightwear and childenswear. 

As we know, Somerset by Alice Temperley stays true to the designer's signatures and encompasses high-end aesthetics at an affordable price. No matter the spec, Temperley always designs for a confident woman who likes to experiment with different styles and shapes, and we’ve seen this throughout the John Lewis range.

Her forthcoming childrenswear line, Somerset Girl, aimed at four- to twelve-year-olds could just be the cutest thing ever, as it mirrors the pieces of the main womenswear collection, yet in mini-me sizes. Featuring everything from party dresses to basic staple items like winter coats and trousers, there are going to be some fashionable kids wandering around.

For the grown-ups seeking beautiful new lingerie or luxurious nightwear, the collection is inspired by Japanese prints and the iconic Le Smoking tuxedo suit. So, expect a pretty fusion of vintage and Asian influences.

The new categories are set to launch online and in selected stores soon, so, keep your eyes peeled.


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Saint Laurent Breaks Up with Influential Parisian Retailer Colette Over Parody T-Shirt


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Saint Laurent has pulled a large amount of merchandise from the influential Parisian store Colette, ending a 15-year relationship.

The reason? The French fashion house was offended by the boutique's 300-item stock of parody T-shirts that display the slogan, "Ain't Laurent Without Yves" (a reference to designer Hedi Slimane's controversial move to rebrand the womenswear line immediately after joining the company).

Despite initially alienating the press by implementing the name change and imposing a sweeping new vision on the house, Saint Laurent is reportedly selling extremely well. Well enough, apparently, that the brand can afford to forgo Colette's business, which might have amounted to retail sales of over one million euros this season, according to The New York Times (the wholesale order was placed at 211,531 euros). In a more symbolic gesture, Saint Laurent rescinded creative director and retail manager Sarah Andelman's invitation to the label's Spring 2014 runway show.

Separately, the publisher for Document, an independent magazine, contacted Andelman to cancel a forthcoming event, informing her that the store could no longer carry the publication because one of its covers was photographed by Slimane. 

Considering the Saint Laurent designer's fascination with youth and subcultures, it's surprising that Slimane is so hostile to this vein of satirical streetwear — a growing trend which hinges on pop culture's infatuation with high-end fashion. WWD notes that Colette carries other items which parody prestige brands like CélineHermès and Karl Lagerfeld. These parody pieces are displayed on another floor, separate from the designer wares. 

YSL would not comment on the story, telling WWD that the company's dealings with retailers are confidential. We've reached out to What About Yves, the makers of the contentious T-shirts, for their response to these developments — we'll update when we hear back. 


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Anna Dello Russo Walks Her Dog Wearing Saint Laurent’s $68,000 Babydoll Dress

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Image: Getty

The headline here is, admittedly, slightly inaccurate. Here's what actually happened: Anna Dello Russo accessorized a $68,000 Saint Laurent dress with a dog and paraded the look in front of street style photographers outside the Emporio Armani Spring 2014 runway show at Milan Fashion Week.

Anna Dello Russo Walks Her Dog Wearing Saint Laurent’s $68,000 Baby-Doll Dress

The embellished floral babydoll dress first gained notoriety when it was photographed on Cara Delevingne for the label's Fall 2013 campaign (above; it also appeared on the runway), but its true claim to fame is its $68,000 price tag, a detail which was buried in a post about the label's new Soho store. We reported on the item in June as part of our ongoing coverage about luxury pricing, a topic which we initially came to through another Saint Laurent garment: an 80% polyester jacket which was priced at $61,000 (pictured below).


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Link Buzz: Crystal Masks at Givenchy; Interviews with Rick Owens Steppers

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Image: IMAXtree

  • If this season produced one runway beauty look I'm going to try to DIY at home — easy, Givenchy. Rubbing my face in a mountain of sequins: Wouldn't call it a dream, it's more of an ambition? [BellaSugar]
  • All the runway wants to do is DANCE. (Me too.) [FabSugar]
  • Speaking of, here's an interview with one of the step dancers from the Rick Owens show. [Fashionologie]
  • Another interview, another step dancer: "It was not a gimmick." [FashionBombDaily]
  • Suri Cruise went shopping at Tiffany's and I clicked on this link because I wanted to see a picture so … maybe you too? [Vogue UK]
  • Can you tell which are the original Jeffery Cambell booties and which are the knockoffs? I bet you can I bet you can I bet you can can can can cannnnn. [SheFinds]
  • "'Sustainability is very important,' cooed trendspotter Yvan Rodic." [Guardian]

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