Balenciaga and Alexander Wang Rumors
Could major changes be in the works at Balenciaga? Speculation is growing as rumors fly about the French fashion house parting ways with Alexander Wang, who was hired in December 2012. Wang is still under contract and is currently prepping for the next Balenciaga collection for Paris Fashion Week in the fall. A spokeswomen for parent company Kering said there have been ongoing discussions between the designer and Balenciaga regarding the renewal of the contract.
Tory Burch Debuts Paris Flagship
Tory Burch has unveiled a new flagship in Paris at 412 Rue Saint-Honoré. The 4,200-square-foot, 19th-century flagship opened quietly on July 1st. “Paris is so important from a global perspective, being such an important city for fashion and luxury,” said Burch. The company has been expanding in Europe and Asia, where business is thriving. An estimated 30 percent of revenue is generated internationally.
Suki Waterhouse for Redken
Model Suki Waterhouse has just been named brand muse for Redken and will make her Redken 5th Avenue as the face of the new Glow Dry style-enhancing blow dry oil which will available in salons in August. Past muses have included Lea T and Soo Joo Park. “During summer, I really believe in embracing the heat and what it does to your hair, the texture that a little sweat makes,” Waterhouse said. “Make it part of your hair texture. I like a messy look. I use Redken’s new Glow Dry style-enhancing blow-dry oil on damp hair and then blow-dry it in to help give my hair a little extra sheen and silky feel.”
Burt’s Bees’ Burt Shavitz Passes Away
Burt’s Bees’ namesake and cofounder Burt Shavitz died on Sunday in Maine at the age of 80. He started the natural personal care brand with Roxanne Quimby in the Eighties and the label’s packaging still frequently features Shavitz’ bearded face. “Above all, Burt was always Burt- an uncompromising individual of his own invention, shaped by the moment and his curiosities rather than his ambitions or someone else’s grand plan. Burt never set out to change the world, but he was a pioneer who found himself always on the precipice of progress,” the company said in a statement. Shavitz has since retired and left the company, which was sold to Clorox Co. in 2007 for $925 million. Meanwhile, Burt’s Bees keeps growing an estimated 12.5 percent each year, with $270 million in sales last year.
– Claire Mykrantz
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