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JEAN PAUL GAULTIER BIDS ADIEU

French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier recently announced on Twitter that his upcoming couture show in Paris, scheduled to take place on January 22, 2020 will be his final one. 'This show celebrating 50 years of my career will also be my last. But rest assured Haute Couture will continue with a new concept,' he tweeted. The news has sent shockwaves throughout the fraternity. Gaultier is legendary for exploring experimental genres, from hypersexual to transfashion, and his five-decade career includes pop icon Madonna's iconic coned corset and the man-skirt!

 
LAKME FASHION WEEK SUMMER RESORT 2020

Lakmé Fashion Week has announced the dates of its Summer Resort 2020 edition. The five-day fashion week is scheduled on 12 -16 February at JioWorld Garden, BKC, Mumbai. Paying tribute to its twenty year anniversary, it will have a celebration of curated experiences under the umbrella of LFW 2.0.

 
GAURAV GUPTA OPENS IN HYDERABAD

HYDERABAD: If you want to make a style statement in the proverbial sea of black, I have news! After the success of his stores in New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, Gaurav Gupta has opened in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. Architecturally, the old and new meld in a harmonious contrast… his interpretation of fantasy palatial ruins with mystical references and magical creatures. What can you expect here? The flagship will be a first-of-its-kind experiential retail space in the city unveiling the couturier's progressive bridal couture, women's haute couture and GG Man. Expressing his excitement, Gaurav Gupta says, ''I have always been enamoured by the regal opulence and history of Hyderabad along with the elegance with which people dress here even today. I am delighted to be here in this exciting market to showcase our avant-garde couture, the modern functionality of our bridal wear and occasion wear. We promote the idea that you can use your wedding outfits multiple times. I believe in becoming the brides' confidant and transform her dreams to reality. Be it customisation of the drama of cancan or adding a bustle that gives the drama and functionality, we believe in creating garments with obsessive detailing, which a bride will cherish for a lifetime...''

 
JAIPUR RUGS BAGS THREE AWARDS

Jaipur Rugs, one of India's largest manufacturers of hand-knotted rugs, reaches out to rural communities, teaches them how to create hand-knotted rugs and empowers them with doorstep entrepreneurship. Celebrating forty years, Jaipur Rugs has cultivated artisan groups in ten states, connecting forty thousand rural artisans with the global consumer — with the purpose of elevating rural communities. Their biggest achievement is weaver Bimla Devi from Rajasthan flying to Germany to collect an International design award. Today, the team won three awards at Carpet Design Awards 2020 in Hannover, Germany — Jaipur Rugs designers Kavi and Matteo Cibic were awarded 'Best Modern Design Deluxe for Rug Strati by Kavi; Jaipur Wunderkammer By Matteo Cibic won 'Best Collection'; 'Rug Stair Maze By Matteo Cibic' won Best Modern Design Superior. Click here for an interview with Yogesh Chaudhary, Director, Jaipur Rugs.

 
LVMH BUYS TIFFANY

French luxury conglomerate LVMH and global luxury jeweller Tiffany have entered into a definitive agreement whereby LVMH will acquire Tiffany for $135 per share in cash, in a transaction with an equity value of approximately €14.7 billion or $16.2 billion. For more than 180 years, Tiffany has been synonymous with elegance, innovative design, fine craftsmanship and creative excellence. The acquisition will strengthen LVMH's position in jewellery, transform its Watches And Jewellery division and further increase its presence in the United States. Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO, LVMH, commented, ''We have an immense respect and admiration for Tiffany and intend to develop this jewel with the same dedication and commitment that we have applied to each and every one of our Maisons… ensuring that Tiffany continues to thrive for centuries to come.'' While Alessandro Bogliolo, CEO, Tiffany, said: ''This transaction, which occurs at a time of internal transformation for our legendary brand, will provide further support, resources and momentum for those priorities as we evolve towards becoming The Next Generation Luxury Jeweller. As part of the LVMH group, Tiffany will reach new heights, capitalising on its remarkable internal expertise, unparalleled craftsmanship and strong cultural values.''

 
JENNIFER LOPEZ IS THE NEW FACE OF COACH

Jennifer Lopez is the new face of Coach. The pop icon will star in the brand's Spring 2020 leather goods, ready-to-wear and footwear campaigns, which will be shot by fashion photographer Juergen Teller. "Jennifer is so authentic. She’s determined and she’s an original who has followed her own path to do things her own way. She really embodies the attitude of Coach and our new campaign" says Coach creative director Stuart Vevers. PS This marks a full-circle moment for Lopez, who carried armfuls of Coach bags in her music video, 'All I Have.'

 
 
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