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Louis Vuitton’s Show in Rio Gets Sporty, Punky, and a Bit Political

Louis Vuitton's Show in Rio Gets Sporty, Punky, and a Bit Political

KARIM SADLI

MAY 29, 2016 @ 10:45 AM

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Sports, surf, music, art, architecture, politics, the Olympics, an impeachment, and the Zika virus — that is a lot of information to process in one moment, let alone while sitting at a runway show.

Luxury fashion’s latest fixation, destination events that showcase designer resort and cruise collections where editors and celebrities are flown around the world to attend parties in extraordinary, hedonistic locations, has taken an even more decadent turn in 2016. That is, with the world in such a state of disorder and danger, the spectacle of global fashion and media events taking place in these exotic locations is now beginning to overshadow the news of the clothes.

Three weeks ago there was Chanel in Havana, Cuba, a provocative and challenging choice of location for an event that brought designer clothes to a political hotspot, but ultimately a successful exchange that was generally well received by the two cultures. On Saturday afternoon came Louis Vuitton in Rio de Janeiro, where artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière showed his cruise collection at the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, an Oscar Niemeyer landmark that looks like a spaceship floating above the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay (pictured above). As far as these events go, and judging by comparison between the deep pockets of Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, and Gucci, the Brazil excursion was over the top both in respect to the festivities and the perception that the company was taking a great risk given the challenges that are being faced here: a political crisis with the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, a severe economic downturn, and fears overthe spread of the Zika virus in advance of the Olympic Games here in August.

RELATED: Chanel Cruises Into Cuba and Sets New Standard for Runway Daring

Even as athletes and world health officials debate the propriety of moving forward with the games, and the potential for spreading the virus elsewhere, Vuitton brought editors, models, and, of course, celebrities (Catherine Deneuve, Alicia Vikander, Jaden Smith,Zendaya) from several nations and continents. The main event, the outdoor runway show, began at just about 4 p.m. on Saturday, actually about 45 minutes before it had originally been planned, because the designer concluded that the light would be better at that moment, about an hour before sunset. Models walked down the twin ramps that descend from the museum like ribbons onto a plaza where seating had been constructed from metallic cubes and ribbed benches, winding through multiple rings of guests. As with Ghesquière’s previous cruise collections for Vuitton (shown in Monaco and Palm Springs), the designs ambled from sports, surf, athletic, punk, and street references, ultimately pointing to a younger, social media savvy customer who would be enticed by, say, a handbag constructed in the stiff frame of a boom box, or graphic prints on scuba-inspired dresses that reflected the colorful airbrushed decals of surfboards.

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“You know how much I love urban clothes and what women are wearing in the city, which is what I have done for Vuitton for a few seasons now,” Ghesquière said just after the show. “With this collection, the big stories are the tropicalism and the urbanity at the same time. Brazil reflects this incredible mix of big cities with amazing buildings and architecture with a nature that is so strong. I’m a foreigner, I’m French, I bring dark clothes to a city that is all about exoticism and color.” (Watch a video of the show below.)

The impending Olympics, and sports in general, played a stronger role in this collection, with sketched prints of soccer players and scuba-tight dresses that peeled off the body, one worn like a surfer’s bodysuit, half unwrapped after a dip in the ocean (below). And it was the Brazilian editors who seemed most enthusiastic in their response to the collection, citing their pride in Vuitton’s choice of their country to showcase during a particularly turbulent moment.

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As journalists made their way to speak to Ghesquière, a large crowd had gathered outside the museum, screaming for the attention of the models and celebrities. The designer typically gives his post-show comments to editors in groups from each country, and during his chat with the American contingent, he was asked by Jenny Barchfield, the AP correspondent for Rio, about the the political context of presenting a luxury collection against this backdrop. This was something the designer had clearly considered. In the months leading up to the show, there had been much discussion within the company and without about the wisdom of moving forward with the event.

Ultimately, Ghesquière said, “It’s good to give a strong message to people and to say we are not scared. We are able to travel with our ideas. It’s an economical consideration to do a show in a country like Brazil, but it’s also a cultural proposition.”

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To an extent, both Vuitton in Brazil and Chanel in Cuba have served to showcase the culture of their host countries while furthering their cause of global consumerism. That can result in spectacular displays of fashion as well as uncomfortable contrasts of extravagance against hardship and suffering. But here, the message seemed to be one of mutual embrace. Walking out of the show, Zendaya, wearing a bold and body-con knit Vuitton dress that made her look like a tall tropical flower (below), said she would remember her first visit to Brazil at least for the warmth of the people.

“There is not one person I have met here who hasn’t hugged or kissed me,” she said.

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Shocker! Kate Middleton Caught Wearing the Same Outfit a THIRD Time!

Third time’s the charm: Kate Middleton recycles Alexander McQueen dress yet again

PUBLISHED20/05/2016 | 13:56

Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen in 2011, 2014 and 2016
Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen in 2011, 2014 and 2016

You KNOW that the Fashion Police Must Have Received a 911 Call…
The queen of recycled fashion has struck again.

Kate Middleton’s refreshing approach to fashion has earned her positive headlines yet again as she wore a nautical Alexander McQueen dress for the third time on official royal duties.

Despite the fact that she has an endless bank of designers clamouring to dress her, the Duchess of Cambridge often prefers to break the cardinal sin of style in the public eye and repeat her wardrobe choies.

At an event with sailor Ben Ainslie in Portsmouth today, style stalkers noticed spotted her navy and white midi dress by her designer of choice.

Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrives to visit Land Rover BAR and the 1851 Trust in Portsmouth
Britain’s Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrives to visit Land Rover BAR and the 1851 Trust in Portsmouth

The mother-of-two is a patron of the 1851 Trust, which aims to bring the America’s Cup back to where it all began in 1851.

She is a keen sailor and famously beat her husband Prince William in a race of New Zealand’s Auckland Harbour when they toured the country in 2014.

Her latest engagement comes days after she celebrated Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday at Windsor Castle alongside her husband of five years and brother-in-law Prince Harry among a host of selected stars.

Read more: The real reason why Kate Middleton and Prince William don’t hold hands in public

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Summerfield Community Centre, on August 19, 2011 in Birmingham, England. The Centre is at the heart of the Winson Green Community which was very badly affected by the riots last week. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Summerfield Community Centre, on August 19, 2011 in Birmingham, England. The Centre is at the heart of the Winson Green Community which was very badly affected by the riots last week. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Kate recently opened up about the family’s matriach joy at welcoming great-granddaughter Princess Charlotte in 2015.

“The Queen was very pleased that she was a girl,” she told the ITV Documentary Our Queen at 90. “The Queen is very fond of Charlotte and takes an interest in what she gets up to.

“Every time we stay with her, she leaves a little gift for George and Charlotte in their rooms. I think that just goes to show her love for [George and Charlotte] and for the family.”

Kate also said she was delighted to have a daughter.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during an official visit to Bletchley Park on June 18, 2014 in Bletchley, England. (Photo by Danny E. Martindale/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during an official visit to Bletchley Park on June 18, 2014 in Bletchley, England. (Photo by Danny E. Martindale/Getty Images)

“It’s very special having a new little girl…I feel very, very lucky that George has got a little sister,” she said. “The Queen was really thrilled that it was a little girl, and I think as soon as we came back here to Kensington she was one of our first visitors here.”

Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, walks with sailor Ben Ainslie as she arrives to visit Land Rover BAR and the 1851 Trust in Portsmouth
Britain’s Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, walks with sailor Ben Ainslie as she arrives to visit Land Rover BAR and the 1851 Trust in Portsmouth

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Logies red carpet 2016: All the sequins and stuff-ups

AUSSIE stars of screen and who-knows-what have broken out their finest tulle and sequins to celebrate the 2016 TV Week Logie Awards.

While some risk streaking their spray tans and frizzing their hair on this the rainy and humid Melbourne afternoon, the challenge has been accepted.

Rebecca Judd spent all afternoon prepping for the big evening. In a snap posted on her Instagram, the wife of AFL star Chris Judd managed to get some shut eye, sleeping upright in her light blue J’Aton gown.

But she was wide awake and glowing once she hit the red carpet. And you’d never guess she was pregnant with twins. I’ve bloated more after eating a small salad.

Rebecca Judd.

Rebecca Judd.Source:News Corp Australia

The Project’s Carrie Bickmore has brought the sexy. The reigning Gold Logie winner and current nominee rocked the red carpet in a sheer black, geometric beaded gown. Skin tight with a high neck and sleeves, it’s equal part sexy and sophisticated.

Carrie Bickmore Picture Julie Kiriacoudis

Carrie Bickmore Picture Julie KiriacoudisSource:News Corp Australia

Giving Carrie a run for her money is Jesinta Campbell. The model and TV personality smouldered in a black leotard. TOP TIP: The trick to making a tiny leotard more appropriate for a formal evening occasion is to throw a full-length, netted overlay on top. Don’t forget to cinch it all in with a patent leather belt. But really, she nailed it.

Jesinta Campbell.

Jesinta Campbell.Source:News Corp Australia

Jessica Marais also seems to have got the memo for the night: Black, sleeves and skin.

Jessica Marais.

Jessica Marais.Source:Twitter

While some have opted for sequins and skin, it’s Lee Lin Chin who’s really showing the ladies how it’s done on the red carpet. It’s all about yellow for the SBS newsreader — from her button-down, to her suspenders, to her trousers, right down to her ribbon sneaker laces. She’s clearly leading the style stakes tonight. We’ll probably see Carrie Bickmore wearing something similar next year.

Lee Lin Chin. PICTURE: JASON EDWARDS

Lee Lin Chin. PICTURE: JASON EDWARDSSource:News Corp Australia

Catriona and her boob bow.

Catriona and her boob bow.Source:Twitter

While some may joke that Sonia Kruger looks like she got her dress caught in the paper shredder at the Mornings office, I won’t. She looks glowing in her strappy gold gown. But if anyone else wore it, that half-baked paper shredder line would apply.

Sonia Kruger. PICTURE: JASON EDWARDS

Sonia Kruger. PICTURE: JASON EDWARDSSource:News Corp Australia

Leila McKinnon went white and bright in a Carla Zampatti gown. Just when you thought cape sleeves could perhaps be the most unsexy thing you’ve ever heard of, Leila brings the hotness with a thigh-high split.

Leila McKinnon.

Leila McKinnon.Source:Media Mode

While Jennifer Hawkins usually looks chic and sleek at these events, she hasn’t quite nailed it. Weird sleeves, weird colour and weird leather panel.

Jennifer Hawkins.

Jennifer Hawkins.Source:Twitter

Dannii Minogue rolled out of her boudoir and straight to the red carpet. The younger Minogue went sheer, with some oddly placed clumps of feathers.

Dannii Minogue Picture Julie Kiriacoudis

Dannii Minogue Picture Julie KiriacoudisSource:News Corp Australia

If you’re easily annoyed by Delta, maybe skip to the next picture. The Voice judge was all free-flowing in a white, embellished gown that may have been borrowed from the wardrobe department at Married At First Sight. The only thing missing was a flower crown atop her loose, tousled locks.

Delta Goodrem. PICTURE: JASON EDWARDS

Delta Goodrem. PICTURE: JASON EDWARDSSource:News Corp Australia

Olympia Valance also went for sexy bride vibes.

Olympia Valance. PICTURE: JASON EDWARDS

Olympia Valance. PICTURE: JASON EDWARDSSource:News Corp Australia

The Real Housewives of Melbourne star and sometimes-lawyer Giana Liano is there. She’s definitely there.

Gina Liano. PICTURE: JASON EDWARDS

Gina Liano. PICTURE: JASON EDWARDSSource:News Corp Australia

But not one to be outdone, her Housewives co-star Gamble Breaux stole all the attention when she limped down the red carpet shackled with a statement chain leg brace. It’s not know if she’s been asked by reporters to sing Tina Arena’s 1994 hitChains. If she hasn’t, it seems like a missed opportunity.

TREND ALERT: Statement leg chains.

TREND ALERT: Statement leg chains.Source:Media Mode

While we’re in the realm of reality TV, there was a Bachelor reunion with Snez, Sam, Sasha and Sam. Let’s just zoom in on Sam Frost’s dress for a moment. She’s a lovely gal, but she never quite gets it when it comes to formal fashion. Tonight’s choice is too soft and floaty.

Sam Frost and Sasha Mielczarek.

Sam Frost and Sasha Mielczarek.Source:Getty Images

Representing the boys in the fashion stakes are Masterchef’s very own George Calombaris, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan. The floral printed jacket and sequined pocket square proves why they’re chefs and not store managers of a Country Road.

George Calombaris, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan. PICTURE: JASON EDWARDS

George Calombaris, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan. PICTURE: JASON EDWARDSSource:News Corp Australia

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New Lands’ End CEO Delivers High Fashion – and a Culture Clash

At the catalog retailer, frumpy duds are out, strappy heels are in; ‘It doesn’t look like Lands’ End anymore’


Lands’ End Chief Executive Federica Marchionni appeared on Fox Business Network last June to discuss her outlook for the brand. PHOTO: RICHARD DREW/ASSOCIATED PRESS

By SUZANNE KAPNER

Soon after taking the helm at Lands’ End Inc. in February 2015, Chief Executive Federica Marchionni sought to reassure employees she could relate to the beleaguered marketer of casual clothing.

During a town-hall meeting at the company’s Dodgeville, Wis., headquarters, the new CEO, a former Ferrari and Dolce & Gabbana executive, said the area’s cornfields and rolling hills reminded her of Santa Severa—the seaside village near Rome where she grew up.

That said, Ms. Marchionni spends only about one week a month in Dodgeville, as per her employment contract, preferring an office in New York. In presentations, according to people who attended, Ms. Marchionni derided the company’s boxy sweaters and baggy pants as “ugly,” asking “Who would wear that?”

The CEO ordered up a slate of new ads to run in the September issue of Vogue and other fashion titles. She commissioned celebrity photographer Bruce Weber to shoot a major holiday campaign. The full-page newspaper and magazine inserts showed patrician-looking models in coastal settings. Spiked red heels now featured alongside comfy slip-on moccasins.

All this has been a shock for a retailer known for its familial corporate culture and wholesome style. “It doesn’t look like Lands’ End anymore,” said Lee Eisenberg, the company’s creative director from 1999 to 2004. “There was never the implication that if you wore Lands’ End you’d be on a beach on Nantucket living the perfect life.”

A color-blocked dress from the new Canvas line, above, was designed with a younger, fashion-forward customer in mind. PHOTO: LANDS’ END

Aging chains targeting Middle America, including Lands’ End, J.C. Penney Co. and the Gap Inc., are searching for their place in the retail world. They’re squeezed on the higher end by brands such as Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. and Coach Inc., which sell a luxurious image at relatively affordable prices. On the lower end, fast-fashion retailers including Hennes & Mauritz AB are churning out inexpensive, runway-inspired styles.

Ms. Marchionni, who answered questions in an interview and with written comments, said her mission “is to evolve Lands’ End into a meaningful, global lifestyle brand.”

The second CEO to run the outfitter since its spinoff from Sears Holdings Corp. in 2014, she acknowledges the challenge is to lure new customers without alienating loyalists. As part of that process, she aims to complement the catalog’s turtlenecks and elastic-waist pants with more fashionable items.

Responding to Ms. Marchionni’s comments about some items being ugly, a Lands’ End spokeswoman said the CEO is always pushing to improve design so that clothes are comfortable and also flattering.

Hoping to stem falling sales and profits, Ms. Marchionni has shed unprofitable catalog subscribers, is testing a lower-priced line to be sold only in Sears stores and tapped a Vogue stylist for input. The company recently relaunched a brand called Canvas, which offers the sort of modern attire that a young Zara or a J. Crew customer might buy.

Analysts generally applaud Ms. Marchionni’s efforts to update the brand’s image by adding more trendy merchandise.

“Lands’ End, the way it was going, was underperforming,” said Steven Marotta, a senior vice president of equity research with C.L. King & Associates. “Something had to change.”

A red strappy sandal, at right, is a stark departure from Lands’ End more traditional footwear. PHOTOS: LANDS’ END;

The early going has been rough, however, and the company’s share price has fallen by more than a third since Feb. 17, 2015, the day the new CEO started her job.

Lands’ End swung to a $19.5 million loss in the year ended Jan. 29. That compares with a profit of $73.8 million the previous year. Excluding a $98.3 million charge to reflect a lower value of the Lands’ End brand name, the company would have earned $40.4 million last year. In the same period, revenue fell 8.7% to $1.4 billion.

“I’m not interested in their new stuff,” said Carol Rygh, a 56-year-old from Brea, Calif., who has been a Lands’ End customer for 20 years. “They’re adding too much fashion.”

Ms. Marchionni acknowledged she is feeling pressure to start delivering results.

“I have learned that, even if I am trying to get some results in the midterm, people tend to judge you for the short run,” she said. “Normally, you see results after two to three years, but we are working hard in making results start to happen this year.”

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