Paris may be dominated by giant boldface-name luxury fashion marques, but a key to keeping the City of Light at the top of the heap when it comes to fashion capitals is the ability to discover exciting new talent.
Running 23 September to 1 October, the nine-day calendar announced for Paris Fashion Week on Friday promises new creative directors, big name brands and fresh talent, with highlights including Patou's relaunch by LVMH.
The LVMH-owned luxury label, which is getting ready for a big September relaunch with ready-to-wear, is redefining its image with a new logo and a shortened name, having dropped the founder's first name.
Parisian label Sonia Rykiel has filed for receivership and is looking for a new owner, FashionNetwork.com learned on Tuesday. The announcement comes after several years of declining sales at the label.
The Parisian label, bought last autumn by Chinese group Icicle, is gently getting back on its feet, via internally designed collections – as it awaits a new creative director - and planned store openings in China.