The house of Azzaro has appointed Olivier Theyskens to be its new Artistic Director, in a surprise move sure to receive an enthusiastic response as he is regarded as one of the industry’s most naturally gifted designers.
Audacia, a fund led by Charles Beigbeider, has sold its minority stake in the label A.P.C., acquired in 2012. A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou is now owns 100% of the shares and is not seeking a new investor.
The French runway season will start one day earlier in September, with Christian Dior opening the season with an early afternoon on Monday, September 24, according to the official calendar released Wednesday afternoon.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the label will kick off the festivities through a couture collaboration with jet-setters Bianca Brandolini and Eugenie Niarchos, to be unveiled on 25 January during Paris Fashion Week.
Backed by A.P.C., Vanessa Seward, who launched her namesake brand in 2014, has opened four stores in one year -- the last of these in Paris' Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Her first London store is slated for January.