News bites: Gianfranco Ferre’s replacement, Luella boutique robbed, Armani phone

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 house’s spring 2008 show, it’s good to see they waited until after the show to make the announcement. “I’m thrilled and honored to be joining Gianfranco Ferré, a house with a powerful legacy. I feel very inspired by Mr. Ferré’s imprint on fashion and strong architectural sensibility. I look forward to working with the Gianfranco Ferré 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 Brora’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.