Louis Vuitton Partners With Moda Operandi’s Santo Domingo on Digital Film

Louis Vuitton and Lauren Santo Domingo, cofounder and chief brand officer of Moda Operandi, are collaborating on a digital film showcasing the French house’s iconic Capucines bags.
The editorial short film follows Santo Domingo through her day in New York, highlighting the versatility of the Capucines. It shows her working on her computer and sipping coffee on her terrace, commuting to work and hailing a cab, making decisions about fabric swatches, going to a restaurant for lunch and dressing up and going out at night — each time wearing a different Capucines bag. Seven bags are featured. She’s also dressed in Louis Vuitton pre-fall 2019.
This is the first time Santo Domingo has partnered with a fashion house on a campaign.
As part of the partnership, the Louis Vuitton Capucines bag will be made available to preorder through Moda Operandi personal stylists. The retail price of the bags range from $ 4,750 to $ 7,450.

Lauren Santo Domingo in a still from the film, featuring the Louis Vuitton Capucines bag. 

“The Moda client has always had an appetite for luxury. She is also technologically adept, and looks for the path between iconic heritage brands like Louis Vuitton and modern e-commerce. My job is to forge that path,

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Camera della Moda Responds to New York Times Article

MILAN – A “saddened and concerned” Camera della Moda has responded to The New York Times article on “shadow workers” in Italy, which claims “thousands of low-paid home workers create luxury garments without contracts or insurance.”
”As the acclaimed writer, Edoardo Nesi acknowledges in his award-winning book, ‘Story of My People,’ published in 2013, the Italian supply chain has been under attack for a long time,” the group said in an official statement. “CNMI and its members are committed to working toward making the Italian supply chain resilient, fair and humane on every front. It is a complex process and it takes time; there are no easy solutions, but we are working together through our established Working Group on Social Sustainability and have already achieved substantive gains. We continue to implement solutions using our evidence-base and by working collaboratively.”
At a fashion show here, Carlo Capasa, president of the association, told WWD that this progress was overlooked by Times.
“For example, the NYT article uses statistics on homeworkers that date back to 1973,” read the statement. “The only recent statistics cited are from Tania Toffanin, the author of ‘Fabbriche Invisibili’ who estimated that ‘currently there are 2,000 to 4,000 irregular homeworkers in apparel production.’ Setting this in the context of

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Carolina Herrera to Start Selling Bridal in London at Moda Operandi

For the first time, Carolina Herrera will be selling her wedding gowns in the U.K. through a new partnership with Moda Operandi.
From Nov. 25 to 28, a Carolina Herrera Bridal trunk show will be held at Moda Operandi’s London store in Belgravia. Shoppers will be the first to pre-order gowns from the fall 2016 collection. The alliance is in step with the American designer company’s focus on expanded global distribution. The three-day event will mark the first time Moda Operandi has gotten into bridal in such a major way.
Brides-to-be will find fluid silhouettes with embellished intricate lace scallop necklines and a bodice that appears to have a panted motif due to crystals and hand-placed lace on organza. Other styles feature chantilly and guipure lace appliqués on tulle, and sheer layers and pleats. For fall, there is also a palette of blush tones and nudes.
Since she launched her bridal collection in 1987, Herrera has dressed a range of well-known brides including, recently, model Hilary Rhoda, who wed former New York Ranger Sean Avery last month. Olivia Palermo wore a Carolina Herrera ensemble for her wedding last year. Many fans of the designer know her wedding gowns from Kristin Stewart’s “Bella Swan”

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Buyers at Moda and Fame Trade Shows Underline New Strategies

NEW YORK — In these uneven economic times, stores and vendors are trying to bend a little when it comes to prices. Attendees at the Moda and Fame trade shows at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center here Monday said they are addressing increasingly price-conscious shoppers.
Donna Senk, who has owned Paparazzi, a Watertown, Conn., store for the past 19 years, said business is “a little better than last year,” due primarily to the fact that she and other Main Street retailers have banded together to attract shoppers and “upgrade the area.” Five block parties are now held annually. In addition, there has been a concerted effort to woo more seasoned retailers, she said. “There are real players on Main Street now,” she said.
In search of cocktail dresses, Senk said shoppers will no longer spend $ 300 to $ 400 as they once did. Black was among the labels she planned to check out. To accommodate price sensitivity, Senk said she was looking for items that retail from $ 100 to $ 250, with $ 150 and $ 175 being the right price for many recently. Minuet was a show favorite for her.
Senk was also looking for labels that sell exclusively to brick-and-mortar stores. “Competition with Web

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Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015

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There were fairies at the bottom of Domenico Dolce’s garden last night. Queen Titania in a golden crown and a vast, princess-y, gilded crinoline, too. There was even a girl with a pair of lace donkey ears, à la Bottom, wending her way amongst the ninety-four Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda looks worn by girls who stepped carefully down a steep winding pathway and onto the expanse of runway which stretched across Dolce’s lawn, at sunset in Portofino. An Italianate Midsummer Night’s Dream, brought to life in Dolce’s own domain.

It was unreal, on many levels. Guests converged from all over the world to participate in the designers’ weekend of “at home,” deliberately surreal entertainment‎s. “I want to bring them to a place where fantasy and reality become confused,” said Dolce. He’d drawn up every detail of his Arcadian happening in his sketchbooks—Roman centurion and Renaissance pages holding flower-garlanded arches over the heads of arriving guests, trees sprouting ceramic Majolica apples, nymphs with filigree wings, Puck-like figures suspended from branches.

Some arrived by sea. As the preparations went on—an army of workers hauling the props and banqueting provisions half a mile up the vertingous narrow walkway from the town—Stefano Gabbana padded along the quay front in shorts, greeting friends. A towering super-yacht, complete with an on-board swimming pool, had just pulled up next to his own impressive vessel. Who did that belong to? “A client,” he said. “Russian.”

So it was a cosmopolitan assembly, an enthusiastic women’s club of couture customers, in girlish high-summer holiday spirits, with their husbands and partners, who descended on Dolce’s garden of sybaritic delights. Before them were temptations in excess: corseted ballgowns galore, black lace wicked widow see-through dresses, patchworked multicolored fox fur brocade Poiret coats, Maharaja bejwelled turbans, lushly sweeping silk kimonos. One-offs, for a one-off night—a theatrical crescendo for a couture and resort-presentation-laden summer which has broken all historical records in terms of air miles (and in this case sea miles) traveled. Sometimes, one wonders whether all the mind-bendingly extravagant expenditure can possibly result in concrete sales—or whether what we’ve been seeing is a reputational marketing expenditure amortized over perfume and accessories categories, in the expectation of some diffuse payback at a later date. In this case—on the evidence of the changing-room frenzy which broke out after dinner, when customers jostled and laughed as they tried on the looks—there is no doubt Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda fantasy, to some people, is very much reality.

 

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