Nicolas Ghesquière is currently killing it in his role at Louis Vuitton. The collections he’s put out since signing on with the brand have been pretty well-received, but like many designers, Ghesquière dreams of one day sitting at the head of his own label. The Wall Street Journal published a profile on the creative director today, in which he expresses that he’s been mulling over the thought of starting up a Ghesquière-branded line.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to do it,” he admitted. But don’t think he’s rushing off to sign contracts and hire staff. The designer is just getting settled at Vuitton and is taking things slow. “I would like to do it, but each thing in its time. Today I dedicate myself to Louis Vuitton without forgetting that I have wishes, desires.”
Of course, Ghesquière has a few conditions if he were ever to start a label. “If it’s to reproduce on a smaller scale what is done on a large scale, honestly, no, it’s not interesting,” he said. “And that’s not at all the way that I one day envisage launching myself, especially having experienced the biggest existing model.”
Whether Ghesquière will follow through on his dreams (we have a feeling he may) or not, we don’t doubt that a namesake brand from the designer would be worth the wait.
In what WWD has called a shopping spree, Estée Lauder has completed a trifecta of acquisitions in less than a month, adding Frédéric Malle to its portfolio. An agreement has been signed by the beauty giant to purchase Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle in a deal that will close in early January. The brand, which was launched in 2000 and who many credit for the current artisanal fragrance movement, has an estimated worth of $16 million wholesale. Malle will join the latest brands under the Lauder umbrella, luxury skincare brand Rodin Olio Lusso and fellow artisanal fragrance brand Le Labo, which were acquired within the past three weeks.
Earlier this week, the President and CEO of Lauder told analysts, “To maintain our steady annual growth, we are driving our portfolio on two main fronts. We are strengthening and expanding our existing brands to keep them relevant in all our regions, and at the same time, we are actively seeking and nurturing the next generation with an eye to creating the next big brands of the future.”
The three newest members of the Lauder family have global luxury distribution, which is a change of course from its usual popular department store fragrances. This trio of brands are sold in global luxury markets and found at stores like Colette in Paris, Barneys New York, Liberty of London and 10 Corso Como in Milan.
Cara Delevingne is well on her way to becoming a bona fide supermodel, but don’t think that posing for pretty pictures is the height of her aspirations. As she’s made clear, Cara has Hollywood dreams and is making a push to become a full-fledged model/actress…or perhaps a model-cum-actress. The buzzy model told WWD that with all the acting projects she’s been racking up, modeling has increasingly become less of a priority for her.
“[Modeling] has definitely become more on the back burner, just because there’s no way I can work as much as I have been,” she said. “I mean, every day of my last couple of years, I’ve been modeling and now, I’ve just been doing films…I’m just going to be taking my time and doing things that I really care about, you know, parts that I really enjoy.”
Karl Lagerfeld is one of the most powerful men in fashion, and all that influence needs to be protected accordingly. Knowing Lagerfeld, he’s not going to pick any ol’ Joe to cover his neck. No, the Chanel creative director deserves better and naturally, he’s got a major hottie working his security detail. Meet Sebastien Jondeau, the guy who keeps Lagerfeld safe every day. Vogue U.K. did a shoot with the rather handsome Jondeau, quizzing him on what it takes to be a world-class bodyguard like himself.
Of course, it would be a shame for the man’s looks to go to waste, so Lagerfeld is using Jondeau to front his namesake brand this season. Watch the video above to see just exactly what Jondeau’s job entails — besides being really, really, ridiculously good-looking.
Following rumors of his departure, Marco Zanini has left his position at Schiaparelli, according to several sources at The New York Times. According to Style editor Stuart Emmrich, the designer and the house have parted ways, as per a “terse statement” the design house released today.
The house confirmed it is on the hunt for a new creative director, which it will soon announce. Apparently, things were rocky between Zanini and his employers because T magazine claims the brand outright fired the designer. “The House of Schiaparelli is looking towards its future while transcending the aesthetic codes created by Elsa Schiaparelli,” the house said in a statement. “It follows a dynamic where a contemporary spirit meets its founder’s daring personality.”
Back in 2005, Carine Roitfeld tapped the British supermodel to take over the magazine’s December 2005/January 2006 issue. As a result of Kate’s health at the time of publication, only one shoot had taken place before Kate entered rehab in Phoenix, Arizona. As a result, we only get the one story with the then-troubled model — thankfully, it’s a good one that will fulfill us for years to come. To celebrate, Vogue created not one, but four iconic and highly collectable covers from Craig McDean’s shoot.
To accompany the four cover images, the same concept runs inside the 308-page issue with a story entitled “Ultimate Kate.” McDean captured the true essence of the “scandaleuse beauté,” which resulted in some amazing shots of the then 31-year-old wearing pieces from Dior Homme, Chanel Haute Couture, Givenchy and Christian Dior Haute Couture. Left with only a single, original editorial to accompany Kate’s guest-edited issue, Roitfeld filled the rest of the magazine with retrospectives and features.
We luckily managed to snag a copy with Kate wearing the Chanel cape on the cover a few years ago online. Which one do you have? See all four covers and take a trip down memory lane inside the thread here.