Today’s Fashion Headlines: October 15, 2012

October 15, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

Fashion Star on strike, Hermes’ day in court and Monique Lhuillier finds a home in the Big Apple

‘Fashion Star’ Crew on Strike

IATSE crew members picketed the NBC reality show “Fashion Star” on Saturday, resulting in a production halt that shut down a scheduled 1:30 p.m. taping and dismissal for the day of production personnel and audience. A union organizer told The Hollywood Reporter that the union will remain on strike against the show until a contract is reached. When that might be is unknown, since no talks are in progress. The issue, as usual in the contemporary economy, is pension and health benefits.

“A big, successful primetime show like this – I don’t see why they shouldn’t be union,” Holtgrew said. “I hope we get a contract for these folks so they can get their health and pension, and go back to making their show.” There are numerous union crew members on the non-union show – which is permitted under IATSE rules – but without a union contract they are not receiving pension and health benefits. Holtgrew said that wage rates are not a factor in the strike. The decline of motion picture and TV drama production in Los Angeles has left reality and half-hour comedy as key factors in the local business. IATSE has been active in organizing reality, and Holtgrew and IATSE official Mike Miller said to expect more job actions in the next few months.

Hermes’ vs. LVMH

The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened a preliminary inquiry into a complaint by Hermès International concerning LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton‘s acquisition of a portion of its capital, French media reported on Friday. The probe will determine whether the prosecutor drops the case or hands it over to an investigating judge.

In its complaint, Hermès accused the world’s largest luxury conglomerate of insider trading, collusion and manipulating stock prices, according to a source familiar with the issue. LVMH in turn has filed a suit against Hermès for “slander, blackmail and unfair competition.” French stock-market regulator AMF in November 2010 launched an investigation to determine if LVMH respected market rules, which it plans to refer to its sanctions commission early next year.

Lhuillier’s First NYC Store

Within five minutes of opening her first New York store — a two-story brownstone on East 71st Street — on Oct. 5, Monique Lhuillier made her first sale: a fur and lace jacket from her fall ready-to-wear collection. “Hopefully it’s a sign of wonderful things to come,” said Lhuillier on Wednesday, while prepping for her fall 2013 bridal show in her New York showroom. “The next day we were completely booked. We had 43 brides that had appointments for the second floor. So we feel like this is a good time for us to be here.”

Lhuillier has waited patiently for a boutique in New York, where her flagship comes 12 years after she opened her first store in Los Angeles, and a second one four years after the one in Edina, Minn. “We are very strategic in how we grow, and we grow within our means,” said Lhuillier, who owns the business with her husband Tom Bugbee, the company’s chief executive officer. “There was never really a rush to [open the New York store]. It’s just when it feels right.”

Lhuillier and Bugbee knew they wanted a space on the Upper East Side — “that’s where are our customer base is,” she said. The first floor houses rtw, with the bridal salon upstairs. Lhuillier said having everything under one roof was the idea from the beginning, although if they couldn’t find a space to accommodate both collections, they were open to separating them, as other designers with big bridal businesses such as Vera Wang have done. Rtw is on the ground level because Lhuillier wants it to be more accessible to the customer. It’s also a category she and Bugbee see as prime for the most growth.

– Taneisha Jordan

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter; WWD
Photo: WWD

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