Eye: Liu Wen + Vittoria Ceretti Headline Tod's SS 2019 Campaign, Lensed By Craig McDean As Tod's Sales Freefall

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Eye: Liu Wen + Vittoria Ceretti Headline Tod's SS 2019 Campaign, Lensed By Craig McDean As Tod's Sales Freefall

Top models Vittoria Ceretti + Liu Wen are styled by Fabien Baron for Tod’s Spring/Summer 2019 campaign, lensed by Craig McDean.

Tod’s, which also owns the Hogan and Vivier brands, has built a billion-dollar business selling chic leather loafers worn by royals and Hollywood stars, WSJ wrote last Friday. But the high-end artisan brand is struggling for relevance among younger consumers. Compared to the on-fire Italian brand Gucci, Tod’s is not on the radar for younger shoppers, generating new growth and even financial stability for luxury brands.

The brand gets less than 15% of its revenue from millennials, compared with 33% for Louis Vuitton, more than 50% for Gucci and 65% for Saint Laurent, according to investment bank UBS estimates.

“We aren’t going to chase millennials,” Diego Della Valle, Tod’s chairman and majority shareholder, said in the WSJ interview at his villa in Casette d’Ete, a small town on Italy’s Adriatic coast. At most, he says, Tod’s is aiming at the older end of the age group, currently ranging from 23 to 38 years old: “We want to get our clients when they’re 35 years old and then keep them.”

Net income at Tod’s has declined for five straight years, after previously advancing every year for a decade. The stock has sunk 70% since 2013 and is hovering near a 10-year low.  Diego Della Valle insists that selling out to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Kering Co. or newly-named Capri Holdings (previously Michael Kors Holdings) is not on his radar.

Interview Magazine, Founded By Andy Warhol in 1969, Shutters Doors, Will Declare Chapter 11 Bankruptcy


Interview Magazine, the iconic arts and culture publication, is folding, handwriting that was on the wall a few months ago, when Interview abandoned its offices in a landlord-tenant dispute over unpaid rent, followed by a lawsuit filed in early May by Fabien Baron, Interview's former editorial director. Ezra Marcus, an associate editor at the magazine, said by email with the New York Times on Monday, that the staff was notified earlier in the morning that Interview, founded by Andy Warhol in 1969, was closing and filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. 

Interview was purchased by Brant Publications in 1989, two years after Andy Warhol died. Billionaire Peter M. Brant is a contemporary art collector married to former top model and Victoria's Secret pre-Angels muse Stephanie Seymour. 

The May 2 lawsuit filed against Interview by former editorial director Fabien Baron and his wife, stylist Ludivine Poiblanc, cited more than $600,000 in unpaid invoices. Baron -- the former creative director of Calvin Klein and now head of ad agency Baron & Baron -- resigned after nearly 10 years as editorial director. Sources say that Karl Templer, who left his position as Interview’s creative director, was owed at least $280,000.  Templer was also mentioned in the Boston Globe's winter expose on sexual harassment of models. 

Lexi Boling Is Lensed By Fabien Baron In 'Drive, She Said' For Interview Magazine December 2017


Lexus plays the fashion game with Interview Magazine's December 2017 issue, putting Lexi Boling at the wheel -- okay, lounging around on the hood, perhaps in hopes of catching a lift. Miguel Enamoradostyles Lexi in glam femininity for 'Drive, She Said', lensed by Fabien Baron ./ Hair by Akki Shirakawa; makeup by Karan Franjola

Fabien Baron Captures Loane Normand In Dior For Interview Magazine Dec/Jan 2017.18

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Rising model Loane Normand brings her not-so-Instagirl presence to the December-January 2017.18 issue of Interview Magazine. Fashion editor Karl Templer chooses key looks from Dior's spring collection, with photographer Fabien Baron flashing the black and whites with a sixties vibe.

Steven Meisel Captures Keith Haring's 1980s New York In Coach Spring 2018 Inner-Artist Campaign


American heritage label Coach loves New York, unveiling its new Spring/Summer 2018 campaign, shot by Steven Meisel with an intention to "capture the tenderness of New York City." Meisel brings an all-star team to the campaign with creative direction by Fabien Baron, styling by Karl Templer, makeup by Pat McGrath and hair by Guido Palau. 

The campaign features select pieces from the sprawling collection, including its homages to NYC street artist Keith Haring featured on bags, satin bombers and tees. The highlight of the Haring tribute is undoubtedly Coach’s new signature, which sees the timeless Coach pattern juxtaposed with Haring’s artwork “Tea Rose” rivets and matching hardware throughout.

Additionally, the brand’s biggest showpieces of this season are prominent, like the reimagined handbags that were first produced in 1972, with styles ranging from the Camera bag to the Mailbox.

Keith Haring was an American artist whose pop art and graffiti-like work grew out of the New York City street culture of the 1980s. Haring’s art blasted into hearts and minds with optimism, loud bursts of color, and bold graphic lines, fast-tracking his art career as a member of the underground art circuit where fashion, art, and music collided and collaborated.