It’s good to see Lars Nilsson will be back designing for a major fashion house… but on the other end of the scale, designer boutique’s can be a magnet for thieves as Luella discovers, but now you can call them police thanks to Armani and Samsung:
- Gianfranco Ferre’s replacement has been named and its former Bill Blass and Nina Ricci designer, Lars Nilsson. Ferre passed away this past June, and while his design team did a great job finishing off the fashion houseâ€™s spring 2008 show, itâ€™s good to see they waited until after the show to make the announcement. “I’m thrilled and honored to be joining Gianfranco FerrÃ©, a house with a powerful legacy. I feel very inspired by Mr. FerrÃ©’s imprint on fashion and strong architectural sensibility. I look forward to working with the Gianfranco FerrÃ© house to take it to the next level and help cement its standing as an esteemed and globally-recognized luxury company,” says Nilsson. He will be in charge of 4 collections a year, two menswear and two womenswear.
- Luella Bartley’s first London Luella boutique has been robbed just days after it opened with a glittering party during London Fashion Week. Moped riding thieves cleaned out about US$20,000 worth of handbags and shelf stock. This comes Broraâ€™s cashmere store was robbed just 10 minutes earlier.
- Giorgio Armani’s first gadget in a collaboration with Samsung has been unveiled. It’s a phone, a LCD TV, a camera, music player… the whole nine yards. All for the size of a credit card (only fatter) and it comes with it’s own Armani textured leather case. Oh and it will retail for 650 euros, which is pretty much inline with the LG/Prada phone.