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Patrizio di Marco and Frida Giannini Exit Gucci

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

Major changes at Gucci today with the double whammy announcement of two major exits from the Italian fashion house. Page Six reports that both CEO Patrizio di Marco and Creative Director Frida Giannini will exit the company. Giannini is poised to officially depart in late February, after she shows her last collection for Gucci’s Fall 2015 season. 

Things haven’t been going well for the label recently. Sales have been pretty weak and its overzealous reach into China hasn’t been as successful as Gucci hoped. Revenue has fallen 1.9 percent, according to The Business of Fashion, and Gucci’s growth patterns have been disappointing. 

Come January, di Marco’s post will be filled by Kering’s leather goods and couture head Marco Bizzarri. As for Giannini, the hunt is on for a replacement, which will likely be announced once Fashion Week is over.

Needless to say, there are a lot of changes ahead at Gucci, and it’s definitely going to be one of the labels to watch in 2015.

[via Page Six, The Business of Fashion]

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Embellishments, Monochrome and Lace Set the Tone at the Land Rover Discovery Sport Launch

The launch of the Land Rover Discovery Sport hit Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens last night, with Australian models, bloggers and sports stars stepping out to support BMW X3 and Volvo XC60’s brand-new rival. Scroll through below to see our favourite looks from the night, including moody ensembles, tough tailoring and luxe embellishments.

Photo: Don Arnold/WireImage

Photo: Don Arnold/WireImage

Land Rover ambassador Jennifer Hawkins went for a lace midriff-baring ensemble, teamed with black pointed-toe pumps. The cream underlay and black sheer sleeves added an element of difference to your typical matchy-matchy lace set, and she styled her hair, as always, in tousled brushed-over beachy waves. (more…)

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Sydneysiders Can Enjoy 24/7 Christmas Shopping this Festive Season

Photo: Neil Beckerman/Getty

Photo: Neil Beckerman/Getty

Stores across Sydney have been granted around-the-clock trading hours to capitalise on the festive season, with selected retailers and shopping centres now able to stay open 24/7 in the lead-up to Christmas.

The Daily Telegraph reports that, in a retail first for New South Wales, from December 11 right through till Christmas retailers within Sydney CBD, Parramatta, Bondi Junction, Penrith, Blacktown or Liverpool won’t require specific planning approval to be permitted extended opening hours.

Planning Minister Pru Goward told The Daily Telegraph, “Previously, shops would be required to either lodge a new development application or modify their existing planning approval with their local council which, on average, has taken 68 days to have approved.”

He added, “This costs our retailers valuable time and money when trying to apply for a planning approval. This has meant smaller ­retailers, in the past, would not bother making the effort to extend their trading hours for just two weeks of the year.”

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) supports the initiative, which they say will not only give retailers a “much-needed boost during the crucial shopping season”, but will also help the ARA reach its hefty sales target this Christmas.

“With only 14 days until Christmas, we’re confident that this move will also support the ARA’s predicted pre-Christmas sales figure of $45 billion to go through retail tills before 24 December 2014,” said Russell Zimmerman, ARA’s executive director in a media release.

It’s also good news for us, who would shop in our sleep if we could. But retail staff could struggle as they turn into hard-working elves, putting up with the unfamiliar graveyard shift to bring everyone festive cheer.

Whether any retailers will take on the 24/7 opportunity is still undetermined, but if they want to stand a chance against online retailers in the current fickle retail landscape, during the busiest time of the year, they should probably make the most of this high-spending period.

[Via The Daily Telegraph]

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Nicole Richie’s Little Sister Sofia Scores a Modeling Contract

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Image: WENN

Continuing the storied tradition of celebrity offspring becoming models is Sofia Richie, daughter of Lionel and little sis to style star and designer Nicole. She just signed a contract with Select Model Management, sharing a roster with the likes of Daphne Groeneveld, Daria Strokous, Fei Fei Sun, Lais Ribeiro and more.

The 16-year-old beauty has modeled before. She was featured last year in the campaign for L.A.-based brand Mary Grace Swim and it looks like we’re going to be seeing a lot more of young Richie.  

Sofia Richie is just another of the many young guns with famous blood running through her veins that have snagged modeling contracts. She joins Kendall Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Emma Ferrer, Hailey and Ireland Baldwin and Lottie Moss in the campaign for famous offspring fashion domination.

[via Glamour]

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Dita Von Teese Designs Lingerie Collection with Christian Louboutin

Dita Von Teese and Christian Louboutin have teamed up on a lingerie capsule collection just in time for the holidays. The line is called XXXtian, and according to WWD, is a play on the shoe designer’s email signature, “Xtian.” Expect bras, panties, a bodice and suspenders along with a negligee kimonoall decorated with a risqué toile de Jouy motif created by Louboutin.

XXXtian Lingerie; Image: Dita Von Teese

XXXtian Lingerie; Image: Dita Von Teese

If you’re in Europe, you’re in luck. The seven-piece, limited-edition line is sold exclusively in your neck of the woods on Euro e-tailer site Glamuse. The price tags range from 87.42 euros for a pair of panties to 749.92 euros for a slinky kimono.

[via WWD]