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Friday Chronicle #29: A Titanic named Lanvin. Guess who is the iceberg? 

Friday Chronicle #29: A Titanic named Lanvin. Guess who is the iceberg? 

Reading Time: 7 minutesThis summer when Lanvin announced the arrival of Olivier Lapidus as Artistic Director, first we thought it was a joke, like “happy Halloween”. Then, we realized it was true which suddenly made us feel dizzy and even worried. Unfortunately we could not call Fashion Police as Paris is out of their jurisdiction. As expected, the first collection was a disaster. At least the good news is that it cannot be worst (well, we never know). Flashback! Jeanne Lanvin, inventor of the idea of modern luxury house It all started in 1889 when Jeanne Lanvin founded her Fashion house. In 1909 she officially joins the Syndicat de la couture which marks her official career as Couturière. She started by doing dresses for her daughter and little by little she extended her know-how and her customer list to the most influencial and beautiful people in Europe and beyond. In 1895, Lanvin married…

Top 6 UK Fashion Brands to watch for in 2017

Top 6 UK Fashion Brands to watch for in 2017

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe United Kingdom is a gold mine in terms of fashion talents. From the prestigious Saint Martin School to the street pop creativity, the UK reveals each year several new fashion talents, some of them will definitely shape the future of the fashion business. Here is our top 6 UK fashion brands to watch in 2017. Martine Rose, from experimental to men’s elegance Founded in 2007, Martine Rose background comes from Men’s shirts. Her artistic exploration drives us towards exploration of individualism and yet belonging to a cultural group (for the reference). Martine Rose will choose amazing icons from the past in order to provide them with a contemporary context. Obviously the work of the fashion artist is to take those icons and offer them a new context that might be a quite subversive approach, questioning the former functionality or past popularity of certain aesthetics through their re-appropriation today. Have a…

Friday Chronicle #28 – The Fashion business, key facts and figures

Friday Chronicle #28 – The Fashion business, key facts and figures

Reading Time: 9 minutesThe world of fashion is one very dynamic industry that generates more than 3’000 Billion USD of sales every year. From ready-to-wear, to Couture, sportswear or even Childrenswear, it is a very juicy industry to work with. Here are the key facts and numbers you might want to know and that will define the incoming trends. From the 3 trillion USD, womenswear represent 621 Billion USD worldwide. The fashion business is a worldwide business Fashion is never out of fashion. A simple statement that means a lot. Today more than 5 million manufacturers maintain more than 2 million brands across the globe (source: Euromonitor). In the last 20 years, the fashion industry employed a lot of people. It went from 15 million employees back in the early 90’s to almost 30 million today. From this 3 trillion dollars business, 6 segments outstand from the rest. The leading category is Womenswear…

Breaking news: Olivier Saillard becomes the new Artistic Director of JM Weston

Breaking news: Olivier Saillard becomes the new Artistic Director of JM Weston

Reading Time: 4 minutesThere is always something interesting going on with JM Weston. This week, the luxury French House released the news that Olivier Saillard becomes the new Artistic Director of JM Weston. This is definitely big news. Olivier Saillard, a man of Arts. Olivier Saillard was born in France in 1967. He studied History of Arts and since his young age, he was interested by fashion, design and arts in general. At 28 year old he became the curator of the Marseille Museum of Fashion. Olivier Saillard runs this museum for five years; He then changes radically the usual codes of fashion in museums. It is there that he meets for the first time the one who will become a good friend, Azzedine Alaïa. Following Marseille, he became curator and responsible for the programming of “fashion shows” at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris and a time resident at Villa Kujoyama. He is…

Fuzz (and not Fur) – Luxury with ethics.

Fuzz (and not Fur) – Luxury with ethics.

Reading Time: 4 minutesWearing fur is nowadays a very sulfurous topic to talk about. Animal rights defenders will make you feel guilty to buy a fur coat as you might not have thought about the animal suffering that goes with the coat manufacturing. Well, a fur coat is made… of fur, meaning animal skin. Nevertheless, if you like the cosy, warm and stylish look of a fur coat, you need to discover FUZZ. A Swiss company designing their non-fur coats in Geneva and produce them in Paris. It is all false fur and they work very hard to give you the impression that it is as good as a true fur coat. Yet, it is all ethical as there is no animal involved. So FUZZ (and not Fur) will definitely conquer your heart of winter lover. While Fur consumption has increased since 2008, many names in the fashion industry as well in politics…

Make a Statement, One Accessory at a Time

Make a Statement, One Accessory at a Time

Reading Time: 3 minutesMoving up the ladder isn’t based solely on your work ethic and attendance record. To get ahead, you must exude confidence as a go-getter and be a game changer. Often how we show confidence is through our fashion choices. While keeping things business oriented is a good way to do that, throwing in some custom accessories that are daring can help you stand out from the crowd as one who is willing to be a risk-taker. Here are a few tips on just how to accomplish that. Invest in Yourself and Your Future It sounds cliché but it’s true, investing in yourself is the best investment you could possibly make. When selecting, a unique and daring accessory, you are going to shell out some serious cash. This is you and you deserve the best. Additionally, the piece should reflect who you are. That fantastic quirky bit of you that others…

5 Staple Fashion Items Everyone Should Own

5 Staple Fashion Items Everyone Should Own

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhile fashion changes all the time, there are some staple items everyone should own, which can transform your look. Whatever your style, we have chosen to look at the five essential fashion products you should have in your closet or jewellery box. 1- A Luxury Watch Nothing quite screams style and sophistication quite like a luxury watch, which can add extravagance and elegance to any outfit. So, whether you are on a date, attending a formal event or on a night out with friends, you will stand out in the crowd for all the right reasons. In fact, for a timepiece with dual purposes, you should consider one of the many luxury smartwatches on the market right now, which offer fitness tracking and notification alerts. For example, you can track your health and fitness with a watch from Diesel, Armani or Kate Spade. So, not only will you look good, but…

Party season fashion: is less really more?

Party season fashion: is less really more?

Reading Time: 4 minutesAfter spending your teenage years experimenting with coloured eyeshadows and pop-star inspired ensembles, discovering your personal style normally means you’ve finally learnt the one key, basic rule the fashion world lives by – less is more. Go for fit, go for quality, and go for style over trends. That’s the fail-safe formula for sartorial success. But then it comes to the festive season and every year the shops fill with a variety of sparkly clothing and accessories. Like all advocates of minimalist chic, you’re suddenly completely lost: “Is velvet acceptable for the over 10s? How much glitter is too much glitter? Am I really allowed to wear head-to-toe sequins?” Party wear is tricky, and the one place where a less is more approach isn’t always helpful. This season’s rule Take this year’s trends as an example. On the one hand, anything seems to go. A party dress embellished with sequined lace and glittering inlays, or a…

Power Your Way to the Top with These Fashions

Power Your Way to the Top with These Fashions

Reading Time: 4 minutesAnyone looking to climb the corporate ladder needs to understand just how important fashion is in their endeavors. As little children, we were taught ‘never judge a book by its cover,’ but unfortunately, that’s just how the world of business operates. If you are looking to power your way to the very top of your profession, you sure better look the part. Here are some tips on fashions that can send you on your way. Timeless Timepieces With all the buzz about digital this and digital that, there is something quite dignified in the timelessness of a mechanical watch. For some undeniable reason, an analog mechanical watch brings with it the perception of a person who has control of their own life. A digital watch just keeps going and going until the battery runs out, but an analog mechanical watch from days gone by offers the image of a person…

Fashion Tips for the Business Professional

Fashion Tips for the Business Professional

Reading Time: 4 minutesAnyone looking to carve a name for himself or herself in the world of business knows just how important it is to dress the part. No, you don’t need to sport a $5,000 Rolex, if you can find one for that price, but you do need to look and act professional. That may be one area you’ve neglected if you studied for your Masters in Business Administration online. After all, when working towards your online MBA who’s going to see you in your slippers and house clothes? Before venturing out into the world of business professionals, take a few moments to review some good fashion tips to help you look like the professional you know you are. To Suit or Not to Suit – That is the Question There was a day when no self-respecting business professional would leave the house without a suit and tie. While there are still…

Plane Chic: How to Look Stylish at the Airport

Plane Chic: How to Look Stylish at the Airport

Reading Time: 4 minutesThink of the airport as your very own international fashion runway. Hundreds of eyes on you, people from all over the world—it’s your chance to show them just how plane chic you are. Wearing the following will make you look ravishing and let you shine in full force on that moving walkway: 1.Large Leather Satchel You’ll inevitably need a bag to carry all your personal items onto the plane—make it a good one. A large leather satchel gives you the ample room and compartments to store your most important items like make-up for touch ups, iPad to stream TV up in the air and of course, some cash for the in-flight adult beverages. Choosing a leather one will also give you that classy edge and the quality assurance to endure all the movement that goes along with travelling. 2.Dark Skinny Jeans The sweatpants look may be enticing, especially when you’re…

Friday chronicle #23 – What if Hedi Slimane joins Chanel as Artistic Director?

Friday chronicle #23 – What if Hedi Slimane joins Chanel as Artistic Director?

Reading Time: 10 minutesHedi Slimane officially left Yves Saint Laurent, a lot of fashion experts are speculating about what would be his next move. At LuxuryActivist we know there is only one possibility. It is Chanel. Not only because it is Chanel but there are several reasons that proves that this move would be the only obvious move for Hedi Slimane. Here are the arguments. 1- He dreams about a French Global multi-category brand Hedi Slimane was never such a rebel that he would dare going to a more alternative parcours. He always dreamed to work for well known-brands and his versatility as an artist, fashion designer and photographer makes him consider different angles in terms of products and activities. That’s why Chanel would be the perfect brand with equally strength between Fashion, Make-up and Fragrances. Its international aura would allow him to deploy his art at a global scale. Hedi Slimane started…

Tips To Style Up At 40+ With Casual Clothes This Summer

Tips To Style Up At 40+ With Casual Clothes This Summer

Reading Time: 4 minutesCasual clothing makes us look and feel good in the hot summer days. With just a little time left for summer to set in most of you may be busy updating the wardrobe. Wearing casual clothes does not mean that you need to look too young or sloppy. There are a number of ways out there through which you can look stylish by wearing casual wear even at 40+. So in case you are planning to shop for casuals, then let me show you some tips and tricks that will make you look superb in the coming hot days. Special tops with jeans: Just like others, even I don’t like to dress up in a boring t-shirt over the jeans. Most of the time it looks simple and ends up showing the bumps and lumps giving me the most unflattered look. So the most effective way to upgrade the look…

Millennials: be your own fashion designer

Millennials: be your own fashion designer

Reading Time: 3 minutesLooking good is important. You want people to notice you and admire your choice of outfit, but unless you can afford to pay designer prices, it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd. High street fashion is great, but there are always thousands of people wearing the same outfit and putting together an original outfit is hard to do. Luckily there are ways to look like you were born a fashionista without spending a fortune – and here’s how.

Fashion Accessories for Supercar Driving

Fashion Accessories for Supercar Driving

Reading Time: 3 minutesHire a luxury supercar to best experience the thrill of driving. Discover the latest fashion accessories to complete the stylish look.

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