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Levi's. Christian Louboutin Lipstick Launch - Fall Beauty Trends. When Christian Louboutin ventured into beauty, we weren’t shocked to see stiletto-like spikes atop bottles of shiny lacquer—the pièce de résistance being a blood-red polish the color of his legendary soles.

Christian Louboutin Lipstick Launch - Fall Beauty Trends

Adding to the famed designer’s lineup of polishes—his Scarabée collection was one of our must-buy beauty picks for fall—are lipsticks intended to make a statement. “When a woman carries a handbag, we look at her shoulders. When she slips on a pair of heels, we observe her walk. If she applies lacquer to her nails, we admire her hands,” said Louboutin, in a release from the company. “An object that embellishes the lips—the beacon of sensuality and organ of communication—has to be fairly amazing. Amazing is an understatement: Resembling a delicate vial Queen Nefertiti might have treasured, this tube-meets-objet d’art takes inspiration from Babylonian antiquities with a turret-like crown cap and pointed gold base.

Psst…did you hear? Luxury Brands, Social Networks and Building Communities «FMM. Luxury Brands and their adoption of social media is the topic du jour.

Luxury Brands, Social Networks and Building Communities «FMM

The conversations are noisy, speculative and highly theoretical. Every self-proclaimed social media expert seems to have the answer, but their strategies have massive disconnects. Why? Because they’re not working in luxury. Thankfully, as the fashion industry adopts new methods of marketing online, seasoned luxury marketers are speaking out and becoming voices of reason. At the heart of luxury branding conversations are questions related to community. No, not if implemented correctly. The words Exclusivity and Luxury have always been synonymous.

A great example of a luxury brand building and developing its own community is Burberry. Burberry, in launching ArtOfTheTrench, wants to create an experience outside the environment of mass market social communities. “If Art of the Trench focuses on pictures of customers in Burberry coats, one might then ask, “What’s the sustaining attraction?” Articles Referenced: Valentino Resort 2016 Fashion Show: Runway Review. Christian Louboutin: The World’s Most Fabulous Shoes, Channel 4 - TV review - Reviews - TV & Radio - The Independent. These objects of desire are not designed with commerce or comfort in mind, but they are supposed to make the wearer happy.

Christian Louboutin: The World’s Most Fabulous Shoes, Channel 4 - TV review - Reviews - TV & Radio - The Independent

Louboutin revealed that a picture of Princess Diana looking sadly at her feet was the inspiration for the very first pair of shoes he designed under his own name. “It would be nice to have something to make her smile, when she looked at her feet.” Luckily, you didn’t have to be overawed by Louboutin’s creative process to find this year-in-the-life snapshot amusing. Toast of London’s Tracy-Ann Oberman delivered the need-to-know info in a voiceover as arch as the angle of those famous red soles: he goes everywhere on a Vespa accompanied by Safquat, his Bangladeshi butler.

His close, personal friends include Catherine Deneuve, Kylie Minogue and the Queen of Bhutan. Chanel vs. Chanel: Coco's Brand Steps Off the Runway and Into the Courtroom. Chanel is ubiquitous—on the runway each fashion week, in its boutiques lining Fifth Avenue and Rodeo Drive, and now in the courtroom as it seeks to uphold its trademark rights against a little-known salon and spa in Indiana.

Chanel vs. Chanel: Coco's Brand Steps Off the Runway and Into the Courtroom

Merrillville, Indiana, to be precise. According to papers filed in the US District Court in Hammond, Indiana, Chanel Inc. has filed a trademark infringement action against Chanel’s Salon, arguing that the salon is benefiting from an association with the chi-chi brand’s reputation. The LVMH-owned brand also claims it has sent cease and desist letters that have been ignored. The fame of the Chanel trademark is hardly disputable, a factor weighing in the luxury brand’s favor. When the average consumer thinks of Chanel, images of that expensive interlocking C logo are likely to come to mind. Transgender Models Strike A Pose In New Barneys Ads, Catalogs: PHOTOSNewNowNext. By Eric Shorey 1/30/2014 Valentijn (on left) wears Giorgio Armani.

Transgender Models Strike A Pose In New Barneys Ads, Catalogs: PHOTOSNewNowNext

Ryley (center) wears Armani Collezioni. Leonard and Gloria wear their own clothes. Photo © Bruce Weber. Barneys has taken a progressive step forward with its new ad campaign and catalogs: Shot by legendary photographer Bruce Weber, “Brothers, Sisters, Sons & Daughters“ features some 17 trans men and women sporting high-end fashion available at the luxe retailer “I was exquisitely aware that in the last decade, the [lesbian, gay and bi] communities have made extraordinary advances, and the transgender community has not shared in that progress,” Barneys marketing exec Dennis Freedman, formerly the creative director of W magazine, told the New York Times. The models are depicted interacting with family members and loved ones (while still looking devastatingly gorgeous) and their personal stories are being shared on a Barney’s mini-site, The Window.

View some images from the “Brothers Sisters, Sons and Daughters” campaign below. Sportmax Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show: Runway Review - Style.com. CÉLINE.