Get your Fix of Fashion: Fashion Frontline Season 3 Episode 45
American fashion designer Donna Karan, creator of Donna Karan New York and the DKNY clothing label, has in a recent interview with the New York Times expressed her unhappiness with LVMH, the company that has owned her brand for the last 13 years. In the interview Donna Karan said that despite her desire to work more closely with the the French conglomerate, which also owns Céline, Dior and Givenchy, she was given “the cold shoulder”, and claims that LVMH has failed to to give her the support to build her luxury handbag business, causing the label to suffer. Recent setbacks include the dropping of the label by American upscale chain Bloomingdale's, a significant reversal as Bloomingdale’s has previously been one of Donna Karan's most enthusiastic supporters.
British fashion house Alexander McQueen has unveiled its first flagship store in Japan, a stately 4,200 square foot space in Tokyo’s exclusive Aoyama neighborhood. Aoyama is home to other european luxury brands stores such as Givenchy, Prada and Marc Jacobs, with the new Alexander McQueen store situated in prime position next to Balenciaga. In an interview with Womens Wear Daily, Jonathan Akeroyd, chief executive officer at Alexander McQueen, observed “Of all the areas in Tokyo, I think that was the natural fit for our brand. We’ve taken our time to make sure we get the right space.” The two story flagship carries Alexander McQueen’s men’s and women’s wear collections, including runway looks, ready-to-wear designs, accessories, and also showcases the house’s iconic and classic pieces, such as the iconic skull scarves and knuckle-box clutches.