May 13th, 2015 — 4:54pm
The new owners of Louis Feraud dangled just the right carrots and recently landed a sought-after design assistant and an experienced managing director to relaunch the 49-year-old house.
Yvan Mispelaere, who was Miuccia Prada’s assistant for the past two years and assisted Valentino with couture for five years before that, started last month. He will show his debut collection for the house during the July haute couture here.
“The opportunity to do couture was very persuasive,” Mispelaere said, explaining his decision to join Feraud.
The move to continue the money-losing couture is an obvious recruitment sweetener, but a surprising business decision for Secon, the Dutch apparel group that completed its acquisition
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April 27th, 2015 — 4:52pm
According to the Chinese calendar it’s the Year of the Snake, but in fashion photography circles it’s fast becoming the Year of the Newton.
The ongoing celebration of the legendary shock photographer Helmut Newton began last year, kicked off by Newton’s 80th birthday, with an exhibition of his work at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Curated by Newton’s wife, June, the exhibition featured canonical Newton shots of bondage, sado-masochism, and aggressive sexuality and drew capacity crowds.
Now Newton is being regaled stateside, and on several fronts. For its September-October 2001 issue, avant-garde Index magazine bestowed Newton a rare honor: they not only placed him on the cover, but included a separate
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April 20th, 2015 — 4:57pm
Instead of trying to ultimately influence American consumers by sending its message to the industry, the Italian Trade Commission is preparing to make a direct statement to U.S. shoppers, focusing on the inner workings of its own trade.
The Italian government, through its Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade and the ITC, announced last week the start of a $15 million, three-year marketing and advertising campaign that will encompass a broader spectrum of products identified with traditional Italian quality and design than had been emphasized in its Moda Made in Italy campaign launched in 1995.
While its previous efforts had concentrated on in-store events, point-of-sale promotions with independent retailers and co-op
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April 15th, 2015 — 4:50pm
Qiora will open its second U.S. door today in this seaside community, and for the Shiseido-owned skin care line it may as well be a homecoming. The Japanese beauty giant introduced the three-year-old brand in this country last December with a showcase spa called the Qiora Center for Total Beautification on Madison Avenue in New York.
But it’s in California, ground zero for New Ageisms and the concept of lifestyle, and a place that long ago embraced meditation and aromatherapy (integral parts of the “Qiora beauty method”) that it will likely find its biggest fans.
At least, that’s what’s on the mind of Robin Coe-Hutshing, owner of Fred Segal Essentials, the
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April 14th, 2015 — 4:47pm
For many beauty companies, involvement in Fashion Week is becoming increasingly more important. But for MAC, one of the first to recognize the tie-in between the two worlds, the partnership often goes an extra step.
Not only has the brand been working with fashion designers for the past eight years to formulate makeup colors for use at their runway shows, MAC has created one of the most formidable forces backstage at the shows: the MAC Pro Team. And with 70 shows in four cities planned this season, a new makeup artist exchange program and two new lip colors designed especially for this season’s fashion runways, MAC is ready to kick off
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April 12th, 2015 — 11:03pm
In two sweeps of St. Louis, the Mets had held the Cardinals to a .214 batting average and knocked St. Louis pitchers around for a 5.29 ERA.
“We’ve got to try to prove we can play with these guys,” outfielder Jim Edmonds said.
So the Cardinals swept the Mets, winning each game with dugout-clearing, fist-pumping, mob-inducing hits. They won Friday, 6-5, on a ninth-inning home run by Edmonds, who had tied the game with a seventh-inning RBI single.
They won Saturday, 2-1, on a ninth-inning screwball hit around the third-base bag by Fernando Vina off Mets closer Armando Benitez.
And they won the series finale Sunday, 4-3, on an 11th-inning home
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March 30th, 2015 — 11:32pm
Housekeeping involves more than making beds and scrubbing a few toilets. And in the current tight labor market, turning a job applicant into a valuable, long-term housekeeper takes some time and effort on the employer’s part.
Those in the housekeeping field say training and education are the basis of a good housekeeping staff.
Gail Edwards, the director of housekeeping at the Adam’s Mark St. Louis, said education starts with the hiring process.
“When we interview people, we talk about vacuuming and dusting,” she said. “Those are things people do at home. They visualize how the job is going to be, then when they get here, it isn’t visual anymore.
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March 23rd, 2015 — 10:10pm
IN APRIL 15, 1993, a healthy young male entering a suburban Washington library slammed the door on a woman laden with books. In a world plagued by racism, poverty, and AIDS, it should be easy to ignore such a trifling incident. I might have done so on any other day, but this particular day was the 81st anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, the last gasp of Victorian chivalry.
The Titanic told us alot about chivalry and men and women.
Only a third of the Titanic’s passengers survived; most were women and children. When a surviving ship’s officer was later asked whether this “women and children first” policy was the captain’s
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