Newport Mansions to Host Pierre Cardin Retrospective Exhibition

Pierre Cardin Visits the Newport Mansions This Summer to Host Runway Show Introducing a Retrospective Exhibition of His Work by The Preservation Society of Newport County

Legendary fashion designer Pierre Cardin will personally host a fashion runway show at The Breakers this June, providing a spectacular introduction to a new fashion exhibition highlighting his most iconic work that will be on display at Rosecliff, another iconic Newport Mansion, through the end of 2017.

Pierre Cardin, 1983, the year he is made Knight of the Legion of Honour and and is decorated as “Chevalier des Arts and des Lettres” (courtesy Archives Pierre Cardin)

Pierre Cardin, 1983, the year he is made Knight of the Legion of Honour and and is decorated as “Chevalier des Arts and des Lettres” (courtesy Archives Pierre Cardin)

Trudy Coxe, CEO & Executive Director of The Preservation Society of Newport County, said, “We are honored by Mr. Cardin’s support of the Preservation Society in this amazing way, and especially that he will personally travel to Newport from Paris to be with us in June. As perhaps the world’s most iconic fashion designer, it is only appropriate that his fashions will be featured in two of the world’s most iconic historic properties, The Breakers and Rosecliff.”PierreCardinBanner (1)

Pierre Cardin: 70 Years of Innovation, will open in the exhibition gallery at Rosecliff on May 27, featuring 42 original pieces from Mr. Cardin’s private archives that document and celebrate his prolific career from the 1950s through his 2016 spring/summer collection.

Located at 548 Bellevue Avenue, this beautiful house was completed in 1902 for Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs. Architect Stanford White modeled the house after the Grand Trianon at Versailles. Rosecliff was the setting for many spectacular Newport parties. More recently it has been used as a setting for several Hollywood movies, including The Great Gatsby, True Lies, Amistad, and 27 Dresses.

Pierre Cardin, 1990 (courtesy Archives Pierre Cardin)

Pierre Cardin, 1990 (courtesy Archives Pierre Cardin)

Pierre Cardin (b. 1922) is a product of immediate post-WW II possibilities and his designs continue to reflect his engagement with a changing world. Beginning with his haute couture work with Christian Dior in 1946, he helped develop the ‘New Look’ that would forever change mid-twentieth-century fashions. Just four years later Cardin founded his own company, and in 1959, broke with tradition by presenting a ready-to-wear women’s collection. This was a tremendous feat given that custom-fitted clothing for wealthy patrons ruled the great Parisian fashion houses at this time. Cardin was a pioneer in making high fashion accessible to a larger audience. Continue reading

Wilshire + Cooper Introduces Sustainable Fashion for Infants With Moon Monsters

Extensive Range of European Designs Made from 100% Organic Cotton Available Now at Wilshire & Cooper

Wilshire & Cooper has Introduced the Belgian childrenswear label, Moon Monsters, an innovative collection of eco-friendly apparel and accessories made for the little rebels amongst us.

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Extensive Range of European Designs Made from 100% Organic Cotton Available Now at Wilshire & Cooper

With a primary focus on both quality and sustainability, Moon Monsters provides an eclectic mix of designs for little boys and girls made solely from 100% organic cotton. Not only is organic cotton a natural fiber that is much softer than conventional cotton, but it is also much better for your baby’s skin, especially those with sensitive skin or allergies, as it does not need to be treated with harsh chemicals and pesticides. Organic cotton also provides a much higher level of clothing quality as it naturally lasts longer and can be washed more easily, providing further benefits for both your wallet and the environment.

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Moon Monsters, an extensive range of European Designs Made from 100% Organic Cotton is Available Now at Wilshire & Cooper

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Moon Monsters, an extensive range of European Designs Made from 100% Organic Cotton is Available Now at Wilshire & Cooper

From rompers, playsuits, leggings, and pajamas to tops, sleeping bags, bibs and blankets, each style throughout the collection, many of which are gender neutral, showcases a chic, minimalistic aesthetic that incorporates adorable one-of-a-kind prints handmade by the label’s designers.

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Moon Monsters, an extensive range of European Designs Made from 100% Organic Cotton is Available Now at Wilshire & Cooper

Moon Monsters will only ever use fibers, ink, and material that has been produced in an eco-friendly process, safety tested, and certified by European laws, allowing consumers to be confident in their purchase knowing that the brand will always offer the best in loveable and sustainable items for their little loved ones.

Retailing from $20 to $62, Moon Monsters is available now at www.wilshireandcooper.com.

Announcing The Launch Of Wilshire & Cooper

Launched on Monday, April 17th, Wilshire & Cooper, a curated online shopping destination for children’s designer clothing and accessories, will offer a curated one-stop-shop for unique and beautifully crafted kidswear labels from around the world at the click of a button.

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Announcing The Launch Of Wilshire & Cooper (Courtesy of Wilshire & Cooper)

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Announcing The Launch Of Wilshire & Cooper (Courtesy of Wilshire & Cooper)

The full list of brands available in April includes Paul Smith Junior, Little Marc Jacobs, Oh My Kidswear, Moon Monsters, Little Lord and Lady, Lucky No. 7, Sol De Mayo, Lali Kids, Martine Charlotte, Little Fox, Margherita Kids, Marin + Morgan, Cartel Kids, Hannah and Tiff, Me Oui, Elks and Angels, Boys by Mark, Siaomimi, Mummy Moon, Bibiana La Lia, Radicool Kids and Lycorne. Retailing from $24-$350 USD, all collections will be available for shipping worldwide.

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Announcing The Launch Of Wilshire & Cooper (Courtesy of Wilshire & Cooper)

Whether in search of luxe designs inspired by the runways of Paris, playful statement pieces or imaginative casualwear, Wilshire & Cooper is the destination for an eclectic mix of exquisitely made contemporary kidswear brands. From widely coveted labels like Paul Smith Junior and Little Marc Jacobs to distinctive eco-friendly designs, accessories handcrafted in Spain, and specialty items made from Australian sheepskin wool, each brand has been hand selected to provide customers with a diverse selection of the latest in children’s fashion.

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Announcing The Launch Of Wilshire & Cooper (Courtesy of Wilshire & Cooper)

Each season, Wilshire & Cooper will offer the finest assortment of charming, fanciful styles for little boys and girls age newborn to 12 years including dresses, tops, bottoms, outerwear and accessories in a mixture of whimsical patterns, fabrications, and silhouettes.

Stuart Weitzman Launches 2017 Bridal Collection

Here comes the bride…to a Stuart Weitzman boutique. The Stuart Weitzman Spring 2017 Bridal Collection enhances the brand’s iconic minimalist sandal silhouettes with elegant new details and materials for the bride to walk down the aisle in style. The sexy, simple NUDIST sandal is available in three heel heights and a variety of luxe materials, including white satin, argento noir, platinum gold noir and rose gold patent leather. The popular NEARLYNUDE block heel sandal is updated for the spring bridal collection, offered in white or light blue leather and finished with a glittering heel. The bride-to-be looking to add a little sparkle to her step still has the option to embellish these iconic styles with clear, chalk white or “Something Blue” light sapphire Swarovski crystals.

Stuart Weitzman 2017 Bridal Collection

The Stuart Weitzman 2017 Bridal Collection

Footwear plays a major role in every bride’s big day, so for those Instagram-able moments, the brand will continue to offer a customization based on Weitzman’s own proposal to his wife of 50 years, Jane, when he got down on one knee with a shoe instead of a ring. The lining of the one-of-a-kind shoe was inscribed “Made expressly for the future Mrs. Weitzman.” The bridal customization program takes a page out of the designer’s playbook by offering brides the option to personalize their sock lining with their new married name and wedding date.

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The Stuart Weitzman 2017 Bridal Collection

Additional silhouettes round out the assortment, including the MEMOIR, a low strappy sandal in glitter lace and a duo of chic barely-there flat sandals, the TWEETY and the BALLSOFFIRE. The MOREPEARLS, a block heel sandal adorned with feminine pearls, offers an ornate option for the bride. Retail prices range from $398 – $485. The Swarovski crystal-encrusted NEARLYNUDE and NUDIST retail for $2,200.

On the heels of last year’s successful Bridal Collection relaunch, the brand will bring the bridal program, previously available online only, to select regional boutiques this spring. The collection will debut exclusively at the Michigan Avenue, Madison Avenue, Greenwich Avenue, Rodeo Drive, South Coast Plaza, NorthPark Center and Lenox Square boutiques and will continue to be available at www.stuartweitzman.com. The collection will arrive in stores and online mid-April.

Stuart Weitzman will celebrate the new bridal collection with in-store events at below locations:

  • Thursday, April 20th – Madison Avenue, New York boutique – 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, April 25th – Michigan Avenue, Chicago boutique – 2pm – 6pm
  • Wednesday, April 26th – NorthPark, Dallas boutique – 2pm – 6pm
  • Thursday, April 27th – Lenox Square, Atlanta boutique – 2pm – 6pm

LVMH Announced Revenue Growth in 2017 First Quarter

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s leading high-quality products group, recorded revenue of 9.9 billion Euros for the first quarter 2017, an increase of 15%. Organic revenue growth* was 13% compared to the same period of 2016, an increase attributable to all business groups. Positive growth was achieved in Asia, Europe, and the US.lvmh-logo

During the first quarter, LVMH benefited from a favorable comparison base, particularly in Europe, where activity was affected last year by the impact of the November 2015 attacks in Paris. The trend currently observed cannot reasonably be extrapolated for the full year.

The Wines & Spirits Business Group recorded organic revenue growth of 13% in the first quarter of 2017. Champagne volumes increased by 7% over the period. Europe and the US markets continued to grow. Hennessy cognac saw volumes increase significantly which could impact the availability of stocks for the rest of the year. Momentum remains positive in the United States, while demand in China confirms the trends of 2016.

The Fashion & Leather Goods Business Group achieved organic growth of 15% in the first quarter of 2017. Louis Vuitton achieved a good start to the year, driven by creative momentum in all of its businesses. The recent Autumn-Winter show in the Marly courtyard at the Louvre was very well received. Fendi continues its good performance, supported by its leather and ready-to-wear lines. Céline, Kenzo, Loewe, and Berluti showed progress. Givenchy announced the arrival of a new Artistic Director. Marc Jacobs continued its product lines changes and its restructuring. Rimowa, which recently joined the LVMH Group, will be consolidated as of the second quarter.

In Perfumes & Cosmetics, organic revenue growth was 12% in the first quarter of 2017. Parfums Christian Dior recorded good growth with the success of its make-up and the continued vitality of its perfumes J’adore and Sauvage. At Guerlain, the launch of the new women’s fragrance Mon Guerlain, embodied by Angelina Jolie, was a highlight of the quarter. Parfums Givenchy benefited from the success of its lipstick lines, which had rapid development in Asia. Kat Von D, launched exclusively in January at Sephora in France, is growing well. Maison Francis Kurkdjian is joining the LVMH Group.

The Watches & Jewelry Business Group recorded organic revenue growth of 11% in the first quarter of 2017. Bvlgari gained market share and continued to innovate with new models in its emblematic jewelry lines. TAG Heuer successfully launched its new Connected Modular 45 watch. Several innovations presented by LVMH’s watch brands at the Baselworld watch fair were given an excellent reception, including a new edition of the Autavia by TAG Heuer, the new Octo Finissimo Automatic, and Serpenti Skin watches by Bvlgari and the Defy El Primero 21 by Zenith.

In Selective Retailing, organic revenue growth was 11% in the first quarter of 2017. Sephora gained market share around the world and continues to record revenue growth. The US market is growing well, China confirmed the trend already observed at the end of 2016. Momentum at DFS in Asia improved while the T Gallerias opened in Cambodia and Italy in 2016, continued their development.

In a particularly uncertain environment, LVMH will continue to focus its efforts on developing its brands, maintain strict control over costs and target its investments on the quality, excellence, and innovation of its products and their distribution. The Group will rely on the talent and motivation of its teams, diversification of its businesses and good geographical balance of its revenue to reinforce, once again in 2017, its global leadership position in luxury goods.

During the quarter and to date, no events or changes have occurred which could significantly modify the Group’s financial structure.

In million euros

Q1 2017

Q1 2016

% change
Q1 2017 / Q1 2016

 

 

 

 

Reported

Organic*

 

Wines & Spirits

1 196

1 033

+ 16 %

+ 13 %

 

Fashion & Leather Goods

3 405

2 965

+ 15 %

+ 15 %

 

Perfumes & Cosmetics

1 395

1 213

+ 15 %

+ 12 %

 

Watches & Jewelry

879

774

+ 14 %

+ 11 %

 

Selective Retailing

3 154

2 747

+ 15 %

+ 11 %

 

Other activities and
eliminations

(145)

(112)

 

Total LVMH

9 884

8 620

+ 15 %

+ 13 %

 

* with comparable structure and constant exchange rates 

Save The Date: “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition Dates: May 4–September 4, 2017

Member Previews: May 2–May 3, 2017

Exhibition Location: The Met Fifth Avenue, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, Floor 2

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute spring 2017 exhibition, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, on view from May 4 through September 4, will examine Kawakubo’s fascination with the space between boundaries. This in-between space is revealed in Kawakubo’s work as an aesthetic sensibility, establishing an unsettling zone of oscillating visual ambiguity that challenges conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability. Not a traditional retrospective, this thematic exhibition will be The Costume Institute’s first monographic show on a living designer since the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition in 1983.

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Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969). Cubisme, spring/summer 2007; Courtesy of Comme des Garçons. Photograph by © Craig McDean

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Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969). 18th-Century Punk, autumn/winter 2016–17; Courtesy of Comme des Garçons. Photograph by © Paolo Roversi

In blurring the art/fashion divide, Kawakubo asks us to think differently about clothing,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director of The Met. “Curator Andrew Bolton will explore work that often looks like sculpture in an exhibition that will challenge our ideas about fashion’s role in contemporary culture.”

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Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969). Inside Decoration, autumn/winter 2010–11; Courtesy of Comme des Garçons. Photograph by © Craig McDean

The exhibition will feature approximately 150 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear designs for Comme des Garçons, dating from the early 1980s to her most recent collection. Objects will be organized into eight dominant and recurring aesthetic expressions of interstitiality in Kawakubo’s work: Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Design/Not Design, Model/Multiple, Then/Now, High/Low, Self/Other, Object/Subject, and Clothes/Not Clothes. Kawakubo breaks down the imaginary walls between these dualisms, exposing their artificiality and arbitrariness. Her fashions demonstrate that interstices are places of meaningful connection and coexistence as well as revolutionary innovation and transformation, providing Kawakubo with endless possibilities to rethink the female body and feminine identity.

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Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969); Courtesy of Comme des Garçons. Photograph by © Paolo Roversi

Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time. Continue reading

Express, Inc Announces The Karlie Kloss x Express Collection

Collection Debuted This Past Week at Live Fashion Show Featuring Inspiring Individuals in Brand Ambassador’s Hometown of St. Louis, Missouri

Express, Inc. has announced Express’ launch of an exclusive, limited-edition collection designed by Express Brand Ambassador and Creative Consultant Karlie Kloss and the Express design team. Kloss and Express revealed the collection at a live fashion show featuring innovators, game changers, and go-getters as runway models on March 30, in Kloss’ hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. The event also featured live DJ sets by Hannah Bronfman and a special musical performance by Charli XCX.

Karlie Kloss x Express Collection

Karlie Kloss x Express Collection

The Karlie Kloss x Express Collection reveals the beauty and versatility of the essentials of a wardrobe and is comprised of 17 styles that can create more than 100 looks ranging from Kloss’s iconic tees and blazers to quintessential maxi dresses and embellished bombers. The looks reflect her vibrant optimism and how the collection – as her dress code – showcases the must-have fashion pieces for a busy lifestyle.

Karlie Kloss and Express selected the inspiring individuals who will appear in the runway show via a contest where applicants uploaded videos to Instagram, explaining how they live their best life and empower others to do the same. The collection and runway show tie to the retailers’ ongoing mission to inspire customers to celebrate and express their best life through fashion.

This collection is made for everyday women—the strong, dynamic, on-the-go achievers among us,” said Kloss. “It was amazing to have Express so closely aligned in this vision to design a collection that has a fashionable staple for any occasion. I am excited for us to launch with a runway show back in my hometown of St. Louis, featuring women who live their best lives and know going after your dreams is always in style.”

Karlie Kloss’ style reflects a life lived without limits. As a model, student, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, she’s always in demand, has to be ready for anything, and is making a real difference,” said David Kornberg, Express president, and CEO. “This exclusive capsule collection, built by Karlie and the Express design team, offers stylish wardrobe essentials every woman needs.

The Karlie Kloss x Express Collection will range from $24.90 – $168.00 and will be available online at www.express.com and in-stores.