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26/05/2017

When Melania Trump met Brigitte Macron

 

If there was ever going to be another First Lady to out-glam Melania Trump, then Brigitte Macron was the woman for the mission.

Recently installed in the Elysee Palace, Macron has fast gained a reputation for her Louis Vuitton wardrobe, glossy Lob (that's long bob, by the way) and nonchalantly modern yet elegant way of putting a look together. Indeed, she has been hailed as having the credentials to reinvent notions of Parisian chic.

Mrs Trump's glamazon polish by now needs little introduction, but has been confirmed over the past week via a series of cinched-waist suits, ultra-feminine Dolce and Gabbana lace dresses and an unerring dedication to immaculate grooming as she has accompanied her husband on his first foreign tour.

So if the diplomatic stakes were high for the meetings of the Presidents of France and America this afternoon, then just imagine the meticulous planning which will have gone into prepping Macron and Trump for their wives summit.

In pure first impression terms, Melania Trump reigned supreme. She had chosen a custom-made beige leather suit by Belgian design house Maison Ullens for the Brussels meeting. Yes, 'leather' and 'beige', in front of all the world's cameras. Quite a feat. Paired with her carefully touselled, honey-hued locks and dazzling smile, the chances of anyone else getting a look in were about as tiny as the prospect of President Trump being able to hold his wife's hand for even one walk down a set of aeroplane steps.

There was hope yet though for Brigitte Macron who had once again been outfitted by Louis Vuitton, the French label with which she has become closely linked since she began frequently borrowing their pieces after meeting Delphine Arnault- Executive Vice President of the house- in 2014.

Opting for a chic LBD with a low slung, Vuitton-branded belt, Macron's tactic seemed to be that it was pointless trying to compete with Trump, instead taking the 'effortless' route, a word not in Melania's vocabulary. In many ways, it worked. She looked cool (especially with a monogrammed Vuitton 'Twist' bag slung over her shoulder) and not too-try-hard, qualities one could never pin against La Trump. Some observed that there was grumpy look about Macron's wife, perhaps not surprising given her own political differences with the American contingent.

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25/04/2017

Theresa May’s latest fashion favourite

 

Loth as we are to comment on Theresa May’s clothes following trousergate, her “lucky” suit and the kerfuffle over her leopard-print shoes, the sight of the prime minister wearing a dress by a British designer called Daniel Blake to announce a general election is ripe for the unpacking.

The dress itself was a serious pinstriped shift with an interesting neck and one oversized button – an aesthetic that is raging in high fashion at the moment, as seen on the Balenciaga autumn/winter 2017 catwalk. May wore a black coat by Daniel Blake to meet Donald Trump in January.

But what to make of the fact that Daniel Blake is also the title character in Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or-winning film I, Daniel Blake – about a Geordie joiner’s struggles with the bureaucracy of the benefits system in austerity Britain? At first glance it appears that Daniel Blake the designer brand has little in common with Daniel Blake the Ken Loach character.

The designer is independent, east London-based and launched his label in 2002. His aesthetic is structured, elegant and office-friendly – military coats with Vivienne Westwood-esque oversized lapels; sharp jackets with popped collars. Blake remained shy about the commission, saying merely that he was “delighted that the PM has chosen to wear the asymmetric pinstripe dress with button detail”. The prices are benefits-unfriendly – May’s dress was based on his pinstripe kimono dress, which comes in at £495 – but it would be unfair to link Blake too directly with the “crush the saboteurs” image of which his dress has unwittingly become part. The designer has been known to retweet the film’s anti-austerity campaigning messages with the hashtag #wearealldanielblake, and his past charity projects include helping rehabilitate prisoners through fashion.

Could this be a campaign from the inside? Whether or not May has seen the film is unclear, but she must be aware of it, not least because Jeremy Corbyn urged her during PMQs to watch it to get an insight into life on benefits. He also suggested that the work and pensions secretary, Damian Green, sit in, too; Green described the film as “monstrously unfair” before admitting he hadn’t actually seen it. At the very least, it’s cheering to think that every time May looks at that dress or her jacket, there will be a little reminder of the devastating struggle of one Geordie carpenter.

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21/03/2014

Mulberry CEO Bruno Guillon resigns

Mulberry CEO Bruno Guillon resigns

British luxury label Mulberry is without a CEO and a creative director as of today, following the news that Frenchman Bruno Guillon has resigned

WWD report that Guillon is stepping down as chief creative officer immediately, after exactly two years in the role.

Guillon joined Mulberry from Hermès in France - where he was managing director - and his long-term strategy was to re-emphasise the luxury nature of the Mulberry brand and to drive overseas expansion.

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But in essence that has meant hefty price hikes, falling share values and profit warnings. In September last year Emma Hill, the brand's creative director and creator of the bestselling Alexa satchel, resigned after six years over 'disagreements with management over creative and operational strategy'.

A replacement still hasn't been appointed and in February Mulberry cancelled its London Fashion Week show, instead unveiling a design collaboration with 21-year-old British model Cara Delevingne.

Guillon told The Telegraph last year that the Somerset-founded brand was suffering from: "lack of brand awareness in Asia and the US and this is something that you cannot turn around from one day to another."

In January the brand announced that its pre-tax profits for the fiscal year ending March 31 will be "substantially below" market expectations, sending its share value down by 22 per cent. A cancelled wholesale order in South Korea was cited as part of the issue, but international retail sales were reported to be up by 40 per cent.

Godfrey Davis, Mulberry's non-executive chairman and former CEO will take over in the interim. He thanked Guillon for his: "hard work over the past two years. He has helped improve the quality of the Mulberry offering and enabled the company to increase its international appeal and [he has] grown international retail sales. I am confident that Mulberry has the heritage, brand appeal and products to build on what has been achieved."

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