Halston Gets Ready to Relaunch
Ben Malka, Halston’s chairman and chief executive officer, took the reins of the beleaguered company last July and moved the entire operation to this unlikely L.A. location.
WWD states, “Malka has spent the last seven months assembling a team of executives and designers, including chief creative officer Marie Mazelis, who followed him from BCBG Max Azria Group, where he served as president for over a decade. Their aim is to steer the brand into the future, beginning with an overhaul of the contemporary Halston Heritage line, which will be presented to buyers in the company’s 8,000-square-foot showroom in New York’s SoHo on Wednesday. The Halston runway collection is set to debut for fall 2013.”
Will it look too much like BCBG? (And is that really a bad thing?)
Chanel Photo Book Unveils Next Month
Today Chanel released details from Karl Lagerfeld’s forthcoming photo book, “The Little Black Jacket,” in which he and editor Carine Roitfeld pay tribute to the classic Chanel jacket by styling it on a range of personalities. Vanessa Paradis and Alice Dellal sport the cardigan-like jacket in their personal style, while Sarah Jessica Parker transforms one into a headdress! (OK – we know she makes hats popular…Maybe there will be a bird in it…) Lagerfeld has interpreted it in each of his collections since 1983. (Remember his over-the-top big shouldered 80s looks?) Published by Steidl, the book will be unveiled as part of a series of events Chanel is staging in Tokyo next month. These include an exhibition of the photos slated to run from March 24 to April 15.
Anyone planning to travel across the globe soon?
Longchamp Looks to Expand in the U.S.
You’ve known and loved Longchamp for years! Now you can get more of the French accessories. Sales of Longchamp products vaulted 26 percent last year, and where the company plans to expand. Disclosing key financial results and plans to WWD, Jean Cassegrain, chief executive officer of Longchamp said they would add up to 25 directly operated boutiques and concessions this year, with 10 in China, and additional units in the U.S, including Longchamp’s third location in Manhattan, at Rockefeller Center, and a boutique at the King of Prussia Mall near Philadelphia. Longchamp will also start doing business with Neiman Marcus and Holt Renfrew this year, in addition to its ongoing partnerships with Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Woot! Unfold your Longchamp shoulder tote and get shopping for more!
Photo: WWD, By Courtesy of Halston