Diane Von Furstenberg kicked off a four-day, celebratory event in honour of International Women’s Day. The event began with a cocktail party at the DVF House in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan, featuring multiple panels shining the light on women in charge. Guests such as Natasha Diggs, Chelsea Leyland, and Fran Lebowitz were present, joining in on customizing #InCharge T-shirts and listening to a diverse group of professional women speak. Diane Von Furstenberg herself was joined by psychotherapist Esther Perel, multidisciplinary artist Prune Nourry, model Paloma Elsesser and actor-writer Franchesca Ramsey to discuss what it means today to be a woman in charge.
New Celine Accessory Boutique Unveiled
Competition between two of Vancouver’s biggest department stores heats up as Holt Renfrew unveils the new Celine accessory boutique. The Canadian luxury department store opened another leg of their long-running renovation when they opened the Granville Street facing boutique last week. Products are at street-level view, enticing customers to enter into the new architectural space. The Celine shop features sharp angled design and custom pieces made by FOS, the Danish artist including an eye-catching copper chandelier. Nordstrom was holding a strong edge on Celine customers since they were previously the only shop-in-store accessory boutique in Vancouver. My guess is loyal customers may be curious about this stunning new space.
Judith and Charles Expand Street-Front Presence in Canada
The Montreal-based brand is opening two more standalone stores this spring. The first will be opening on April 1st in Montreal and will become both a flagship location as well as the first standalone store in the company’s home base. The second, expected to open in May will be replacing the former Ella Shoes store on Vancouver’s well-known Granville Street. Before 2014, Judith & Charles stores only operated out of large shopping centres, but since seeing success in venturing out with the first Kitsilano location, the company has been gradually moving away from malls to expand their street-front presence.
Highlights from Paris Fashion Week
– This year, Paris Fashion Week had more female designers than ever showing collections. Women’s empowerment remained a huge influence throughout all the fashion weeks, and the momentum only continued in the “city of love”. Both female and male designers were vocal about the feminist movements whether it be through interviews or the designs they produced.
– Chanel was once again a favourite among the PWF audience. Karl Lagerfeld continued his nature-themed sets with an above and beyond forest. Edwardian-style, long coats and classic Chanel tweed numbers with shimmering gold boots juxtaposed against a moss and leaf covered floor created an unforgettable atmosphere.
– Maria Grazia Chiuri had what Anna Wintour herself is calling “her best collection so far”. Her set? Creatively splashed with 1960s magazines and protest art. Her clothing? An optimistic mixture of colour, detailed patchwork and slogans refurbished from the student protests of 1968 that still rang relevant today.
– Newcomer Marine Serre impresses with her third collection, inspired by her “rollercoaster ride” of the few months at her own label. The collection, titled Manic Soul Machine, proved she’s in the game to stay.
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