Balenciaga Reveals Spring Campaign
Daria Werbowy, who exclusively walked the Balenciaga runway in Paris last September, also stars in the fashion house’s spring campaign. Steven Klein shot the moody images, which will debut in February magazines and online. “I wanted to convey a sense of strength and knowingness. [The images have] a touch of mystery and dark attraction,” said Alexander Wang, creative director of Balenciaga.
Fifth & Pacific Changes Name to Kate Spade
After selling Liz Claiborne to JC Penney, finding buyers for other brands, and closing the rest, Fifth & Pacific is making another change. The company is now changing its name to Kate Spade & Co. to reflect its focus on the Kate Spade brand. Former CEO William McComb has received criticism for breaking apart the iconic company, which was originally founded by Liz Claiborne in 1976. Craig Leavitt, CEO of the Kate Spade brand, will succeed McComb. Fifth & Pacific’s stock increased by more than 140% in the past year.
Karl Lagerfeld to Have Two German Exhibits
Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld will be the focus of two big German exhibitions this spring. Essen’s Museum Folkwang is presenting “Karl Lagerfeld: Parallel Contrasts,” which is devoted to Lagerfeld’s obsession with photography, fashion, and books. Curated by Gerhard Steidland and Eric Pfrunder, it is set to open on February 15 and will run through May 11. Fashions, drawings, photographs, films, books, product designs, and advertising will be displayed. The second exhibition is at the Hamburger Kunsthalle and will pair the classicist paintings of Anselm Feuerbach with photographs by Lagerfeld. The themes of grace, eroticism, and the adoration of muses will be explored. It opens February 21 and runs through July 15.
Karl Lagerfeld to Decorate Hotel Suites
Karl Lagerfeld is one busy man- he is also set to design two luxurious suites at the Hotel de Crillon in Paris, which is currently undergoing renovation will reopen in 2015. Lagerfeld will design two of the hotel’s most prestigious suites, which he refers to as “grand apartments.” In the past, he has decorated a pool area and a restaurant in Monte-Carlo, created the emblem for the new Sofitel So Singapore, and designed the interiors of the Alma Schloss hotel in Berlin. “No one understands Paris or the heritage of the Crillon better than Mr. Lagerfeld,” said Radha Arora, president of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. The 18th-century Hotel de Crillon is situated on the historic Place de la Concorde.
– Claire Mykrantz
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