New Face At Lanvin?
Could Lanvin, said to be searching for new designer, have its eye on a hidden talent? According to sources, the French house is in talks with Bruno Sialelli, who recently exited Loewe, where he was head of men's wear. The likelihood of the house and the designer securing an agreement could not immediately be learned. Lanvin could not immediately be reached for comment.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Sialelli had been at Loewe since March 2016. Before that, he held senior design roles in women's wear at Paco Rabanne, Acne Studios and Balenciaga. He is a fashion graduate of Studio Berçot in Paris.
Finding a new design and management leadership has been job number-one for Fosun International, which acquired the French luxury house in February.
WWD was the first to report in July that Lanvin had settled on Jean-Philippe Hecquet to become its next chief executive officer. Previously, he was head of fast-growing French fashion chain Sandro since 2014, and boasts more than 14 years of experience in various roles at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.
In March, Lanvin parted ways with creative director
Olivier Lapidus and general manager Nicolas Druz, sparking speculation about who might take on the daunting task of rebuilding the cash-strapped label.
The house has had a series of designers since dismissing creative director Alber Elbaz in October 2015. Bouchra Jarrar, his successor, left Lanvin after 16 months amid declining sales. Lapidus exited after only two seasons. The house's design studios, whose members are believed to include former
Ungaro alum Estrella Archs, prepared a spring 2019 collection for its boutiques and wholesale clients, but did not invite press to review the line during Paris Fashion Week. — WWD STAFF counter,” she added.
The Barneys-based indies hit on a variety of beauty trends, like CBD, unisex fragrance and cosmetics for men.
“All of them are very different from any products we currently carry,” Miles said, ticking off K-beauty and types of home fragrance as new to Barneys.
“They are really brands where we've sampled the products, had conversations with the vendor, and we think it might be a great brand for our customer, but we want to make sure it is a great fit for both of us,” Miles said. “We're looking to fill white space, but making sure [the pop-up brands] don't overlap with anything else we're already carrying.”
Right now, the pop-up runs through the end of the year, but Miles is hopeful Barneys may extend it through spring, she said. In addition to bringing new products to Barneys' existing customer, Miles said promotion from the brands — which already have social media followers — could also help bring new shoppers to Barneys.
On the main floor, the brands will include Sio, a line of silicone patches meant to smooth wrinkles; Iiuvo, a fragrance and candle business; Loli, a customizable skin-care line; Lab to Beauty, a CBD skin-care brand; Soohyang, which makes home fragrances; Epara, an organic and natural skin-care range, and Ded Cool, a unisex, vegan fragrance brand. The men's floor will feature products from Sa.Al & Co., a skin, hair and grooming line; Bolin & Webb, which makes luxury razors and accessories; Menaji, a skincare and cosmetics line, and The Grey, a skin-care brand.
Barneys is one of many retailers to experiment with indie brands as beauty shoppers look for new products. Neiman Marcus partnered with the Indie Beauty Expo to launch smaller brands in several doors, and Bloomingdale's has launched two indie initiatives — Glowhaus and WellChem — aimed at Millennials and those looking for clean beauty, respectively. Amazon also has an indie beauty shop. — ALLISON COLLINS
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