Today’s Fashion Headlines: Monday, November 25, 2013

November 25, 2013 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

Catherine Malandrino at the opening of her boutique in Montreal

Catherine Malandrino in her new boutique

Catherine Malandrino Flagship Opens in Montreal

Designer Catherine Malandrino opened her first Canadian flagship in Montreal. Located in Golden Square Mile on Sherbrooke Street West, the two-story graystone was once the home of Zilli, the French menswear brand. “I find Montreal a natural link between Europe and New York, and there are a lot of people from Montreal who shop at my stores in New York,” Malandrino said. The first floor is an open concept similar to a New York art gallery, and featuring round sofas. “It’s very spacious with white walls and high ceilings,” she said. “The second floor will house a showroom for wholesale clients.” The boutique carries 60 different styles, including items similar to those in her New York stores, and the designer’s Black Label line. The store also carries shoes and accessories.

Guerlain Revamps Champs-Élysées Flagship

Guerlain’s renovated flagship store at the brand’s historic address at 68 Avenue des Champs-Élysées is now open. “We wanted to create the most beautiful temple to beauty, and the biggest. It is a place for exploration, a laboratory,” Guerlain CEO Laurent Boillot said. He claims it is the world’s largest stand-alone beauty store. The 10,764-square-foot space is double its previous size and covers four floors, including a restaurant headed by Michelin-starred chef Guy Martin in the basement. The space is designed by Peter Marino and features marble floors and counters, a polished metal ceiling, chandeliers by Baccarat, and many art instillations. The second floor displays historic Guerlain collections and the third floor houses a remodeled beauty institute.

The Fashion Industry Increases Relief Efforts

The fashion industry is pitching in to aid victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, which is a key manufacturing area for apparel, accessories, lace, and embroideries. Josie Natori, CEO of Natori Co., has been working closely with the Philippine fashion industry and Dick Gordon, head of the Philippine Red Cross. Her initiative through a link on natori.com has helped to get donations for relief efforts to charities. Other brands helping the effort include Macy’s, Oscar de la Renta, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillard’s, Barneys New York, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Gilt. The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Fashion Girls for Humanity, the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation, Kids in Distressed Situations, Fashion Delivers, Kara Ross New York, and Hanes are also contributing to the cause.

– Claire Mykrantz

Source: WWD & WSJ 

Image: WWD

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