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Paris terrorist attacks: many stores closed their doors this Saturday

Vimla Hunt - 16-nov.-2015 17:16:48

After opening for a few hours on Saturday morning, Parisian department stores Le Printemps and Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann, closed their doors for the rest of the day in the afternoon, as a consequence of the terror attacks that struck the French capital on Friday evening. Other ready-to-wear and luxury stores took similar action. At 11:30 am, Le Printemps, a department store popular among tourists, announced to the AFP - the French news agency - that it was about to close its doors. The Galeries Lafayette group, owner of the eponymous store, as well as of the BHV department store, in the center of Paris, had also opened its doors on Saturday morning, marking its "civic engagement" and its "willingness to resist". However, according to a press release, "the group was compelled to reconsider its position at noon today, for its Parisian stores, [...] given the difficulty to maintain service quality for customers." The LVMH group also announced that its Parisian outlets, including Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior, as well as Sephora and Le Bon Marché, would stay closed all day. A similar decision was made by H&M, which did not open its Parisian outlets on Saturday: "For the security of our staff and our customers, and in solidarity with the victims, we chose not to open our stores on Saturday, in Paris and its area." Finally, Unibail Rodamco, which manages a number of malls in France, closed the Les Halles shopping centre at the heart of Paris, this time following a request from the authorities.  


Camaïeu opens its first website outside of French borders

Vimla Hunt - 20-oct.-2015 11:54:10

Even though its French e-commerce already generates the equivalent of a "small country" in sales, the womenswear clothing retailer has launched its first international portal, for Poland. It completes a network of 99 locations in the country which will serve as delivery points for the local clientele. One of the major particularities of this site compared to the French version is the possibility to pay upon delivery. A procedure that is still widely used in Eastern Europe, where cash payments are make up an important portion of purchases made. "International and e-business are complementary growth levers for Camaïeu," explained the chains Marketing Director, Constance de Polignac. "The opening of our first international site is very emblematic, not only because Poland is a historic country for Camaïeu but also because the internationalisation of e-commerce is part of the approach that consists of proposing an offer and services adapted to the local markets." Now in its fourth decade, Camaïeu is at the head of a network of 650 stores in France, plus another 370 in some twenty countries. At the beginning of fall, the retailer announced the deployment of a line of basics called Camaï, and a new premium range.  


Durham’s Bowes Museum extends Yves Saint Laurent exhibition

Vimla HUNT - 14-oct.-2015 11:29:11

The first exhibition in the UK on Yves Saint Laurent’s work and life, sponsored by Foundation Pierre Bergé, has been extended at the Bowes Museum in Durham following a massive attendance. The show, which according to local media has welcomed more than 55,000 visitors since it launched on July 11, will be open until November 8. The museum expects to reach 70,000 visitors by the time the exhibition closes, and merchandise sales have tripled in that time, informed the newspaper Chronicle Live. The exhibition is the first in the United Kingdom to present a comprehensive display of the French designer’s work. It features fifty iconic pieces designed by Saint Laurent, including garments from the Russian collection, the Mondrian Dress and the Tuxedo.  When “Yves Saint Laurent: Style Is Eternal” opened, Pierre Bergé, president of the Foundation Pierre Bergé: said “The Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent is committed to the promotion of the work of Yves Saint Laurent internationally, and as such it is extremely exciting to work on this first exhibition in the UK. The Bowes Museum is a natural destination given its exceptional work with fashion and textiles; the museum and its location also clearly reflects Yves Saint Laurent’s and my own passion for inspiring, timeless places. It is the perfect setting for us – a museum built as a French Chateau, in the age of the Second Empire”.  


Dior’s floral extravanganza wows Paris fashion week

Vimla HUNT - 05-oct.-2015 13:15:19

Designer Raf Simons paid homage to Christian Diors legendary love of flowers creating a mountain of 400,000 delphiniums in the heart of Paris, the centrepiece of a stunning setting to show the houses collection on Friday. The giant lavender hill created in the courtyard of the Louvre drew A-list celebrities including brand ambassador Rihanna, resplendent in a diaphanous pink fur trimmed coat and aviator glasses, and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke. Simons took the house creators classic lines further showing off cropped sweaters with scalloped edges and delicately undulating sleeves, satin parkas with stunning embroidery and peekaboo but prim ivory lingerie under organdy gowns. "I wanted the collection to have a certain purity," Simons said in a statement. "I wanted to express an idea of femininity, fragility and sensitivity without sacrificing strength and impact," he said. "A collection that is simplified to the extreme, focussed on a single directing line which at the same time evokes feminity, fragility and sensibility." Pastel shades abounded and the models, led by house favourite Sodia Mechetner, had minimum make-up in line with Simons avowed objective of purity. There was also a new version of the Bar, Diors iconic and form hugging jacket with pleats at the back, and masculine tailoring in some trousers and shorts. Actress Chiara Mastroianni, the daughter of screen legends Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve, gushed praise after the show. "I found it very beautiful, very romantic. This romanticism and this softness is very unexpected today," she said. At Issey Miyakes show in the nearby Tuileries Gardens, pleating, the maisons speciality, took on a new twist being made with baked fabrics that bounce and bob to create an optical feast. The tropics-inspired collection was awash with a riot of colours with stripes and squares and raffia dresses. At Isabel Marant, exoticism abounded with Berber blouses, harem trousers, tunics with billowing sleeves and silver lame pants and short skirts.


The City of Paris to start investing more heavily in fashion

Vimla Hunt - 29-sept.-2015 11:25:59

The launch of a major campaign by the City of Paris during the French capitals Fashion Week is not an isolated action. As explained to FashionMag by Bruno Julliard, First deputy of the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hildago, responsible for culture, heritage and the arts, the City of Paris is planning to put more of an emphasis on the fashion sector in Paris than ever before. "In Paris, there was a certain shyness in fully claiming the Citys role in fashion," he said. "Paris is of course still the n°1 fashion capital in the world, and recognised by all as such. But the competition is extremely thick. We are lucky to be ahead of the crowd thanks to the renown of all of our fashion houses. But New York and London are closing in. The former is playing the sportswear card while the latter is known for its unbridled creativity."   In other words, for Bruno Julliard, the City has decided to invest even more into Paris as the worlds fashion capital by, on the one hand, the number of extras it has to offer and, on the other, by serving as a unifying factor.   The city is thus working with different players on several actions to be carried out in the coming seasons. "For example, we hope to involve the RATP and the SNCF [Frances public transport system in the Paris region and its national railway company] in this policy of mobilisation. We have also started to work with Aéroports de Paris so that as of 2016 the Paris airports have a special set-up for welcoming guests specifically coming to Paris for fashion week," said Bruno Julliard. "We are also in talks with the Chambre syndicale des créateurs et Couturiers [the trade union of couturiers and designers] to open even more of the Citys locations up to runway shows and events. This could mean museums but also sites under construction. We would also like to be able to propose young designers affordable places for showing or presenting. And why not install a giant screen to broadcast some of the shows live in a public place and thus mobilise the Parisians even more." Some of the initiatives are not just aimed at Fashion Week, such as the role of fashion schools especially and the funding of young companies. "We have every intention of creating a masters programme in Paris," emphasised the first deputy of the mayor of Paris. "There has to be an acceptance procedure decided upon by several schools in order for it to work. We also have to remember that we have the best workshops and very good students. Yet these students, the best of them, sometimes leave Paris to finish their studies elsewhere. There needs to be a recognition of these talents. Another important aspect is to allow for the development of business creation. On this subject we are intending on developing incubators and platforms of creation by working with Ateliers de Paris. We need a real eco-system dedicated to the development of fashion activities and creation."   It is true that the role fashion plays in Paris economy is quite significant, even beyond its role as a global influence. "Some 60,000 people work directly in the fashion world of Paris and 100,000 with indirect jobs are included. We include retail in this number. As for what that represents in terms of business and Paris Fashion Week, we have set up a study group comprised of students from the Paris School of Economy to evaluate this question. But there is no doubt about it, it is worth doing more than just being interested in it!," concluded Bruno Julliard.  


Who’s Next / Première Classe sees an increase in visitors

Vimla Hunt - 07-sept.-2015 17:31:23

The Whos Next/Première Classe trade fair(s) at Paris Porte de Versailles took place this weekend but it isnt over yet. Monday marks the last day for this major trade show. A small round-up so far. According to the organisers, the number of visitors over the first two days, Friday and Saturday, was up 17%.   Compared to July 2014, the numbers were down, but, with everything that has been happening in the financial world, things are not as glum as they seem. According to WSN, the numbers are at where they were in September 2011. And the return to September, after a few seasons in July, has not affected the foreign contingency. For the number of exhibitors, there was a significant offering for the European continent, of Belgians, Swiss and Germans.   Regarding the change of date, some of the exhibitors have said that it has thrown them off. They regret the stability of the what they have been used to. "We have spent a lot of time with the French retailers so that they start in July," says Steeve Fraehring, at Sarah Pacini, "most of our orders come in in July."


Bijorhca gets ready for September

Vimla Hunt - 03-sept.-2015 13:02:26

The up-coming edition of the international fine, fashion jewellery and watches show will be held from 4th to 7th September at Pavilion 5 of the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre in Paris, in synergy with the Whos Next show, back again in September. Bijorhca is set to welcome nearly 550 brands, of which about one hundred are new exhibitors. As always the show comprises four exhibition areas: Elements, for jewellery suppliers, Cream, for the edgier labels, fashion jewellery, which brings together 280 brands and which, for the first time, will feature a Precious Village, reserved to silver and vermeil 4 m² booths, and fine jewellery (30% of exhibitors), occupying the very first section of the show, on the first floor. The watches area grows, numbering about a dozen brands, highlighted by the return of Ice Watch, featuring a 54 m² booth. The trend areas, stage-designed by Elizabeth Leriche and featuring Trends for fashion jewellery and Precious Gallery for fine jewellery, will be as ever the visitors main stops. Bijorhca will once more present a series of talks centred around themes such as how to generate well-being inside the shop. Also notable is the presence for the first time of an anti-counterfeit office, offering advice and orientation on the subject of intellectual property rights. In France, in 2014, the jewellery and watches market amounted to €5.1 billion. The figure represents a slight decrease, -1%, while the number of retail outlets too has decreased, from 6,600 in 2013 to 6,200 in 2014.   


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