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9 Oct

Gucci’s Recent Ambassador, Buly Names CEO, JW Anderson Helps Art

Gucci’s Recent Ambassador, Buly Names CEO, JW Anderson Helps Art

GUCCI DOUBLE: A number of days after naming South Korean actress Gyuyoung Park a brand ambassador, Gucci is popping again to the Far East, revealing Thai actress and friend of the home Davika Hoorne as a latest brand ambassador for each Gucci and Gucci Beauty.

Hoorne marks the primary Thai personality to carry such a task and follows within the footsteps of Alia Bhatt, who last summer was named Gucci’s first Indian global brand ambassador.

A Thai star with hit movies and TV shows under her belt, Hoorne has attended many Gucci events over the past few years, most recently donning a monogram parka jacket within the signature “Ancora red” over a lean black tank top and miniskirt for the Gucci Ancora spring 2024 show held last month in Milan.

She has previously attended the home’s fashion shows in Milan and Castel del Monte in Italy’s Apulia region, for instance, and has often worn the Italian luxury brand for public events and magazine covers, including for Vogue Thailand in 2021 and Harper’s Bazaar and L’Officiel Thailand in 2022, to call just a few.

“Gucci is a globally renowned fashion brand that seamlessly blends progressive creativity with the fantastic thing about fashion in a novel and fascinating manner,” Hoorne said. “Just as Gucci allows individuals to precise their true selves with freedom and clarity, I feel incredibly honored and delighted to collaborate with Gucci as a brand ambassador for each Gucci and Gucci Beauty. It’s a source of immense pride and honor in my skilled journey,” she added.

After making her acting debut in a number one role in 2010 with the TV series “Ngao Kammathep,” she rose to fame with the 2015 Thai romantic movie “Heart Attack” by indie director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, which centered on Yoon, played by Sunny Suwanmethanont, a workaholic freelancer who falls in love together with his doctor Imm, played by Hoorne. The movie won eight Golden Swans on the “Subannahongsa Award,” including Hoorne for best actress. Before that she appeared in a number one role in “Pee Mak,” Thailand’s highest-grossing film of all time.

She has most recently dedicated her profession to TV series, starring in hit shows including “My Ambulance,” “You Are My Heartbeat” and “Astrophile.” In 2023 she won the Best Global Teleplay Leading Actress award on the thirty sixth Global Arts and Television Huading Awards.

Davika Hoorne was named Gucci and Gucci Beauty brand ambassador.

Courtesy of Gucci

Having began her profession as a model, Hoorne has landed many fashion and luxury endorsements and gigs over time, for instance, walking on the Michael Kors and Dolce & Gabbana runway shows.

In her role as a Gucci ambassador, Hoorne joins South Korean talents including K-drama actress Park; Hanni, a lead singer of the Korean group NewJeans; “Squid Game” star Lee Jung-jae, and IU, the nickname for singer and actress Lee Ji-eun.

The pool of international personalities named Gucci ambassadors also includes Italian tennis player Jannik Sinner; Chinese actress Ni Ni, and actor and singer Xiao Zhan, in addition to Bhatt.

Although Hoorne is currently the one energetic Gucci Beauty ambassador, other talents have fronted Gucci Beauty campaigns prior to now, including A$AP Rocky, Julia Garner and Elliot Page for the Gucci Guilty fragrance and Miley Cyrus for the Gucci Flora fragrance.

Other Gucci faces include Kendall Jenner and Bad Bunny. — MARTINO CARRERA

BULY’S NEW CEO: Nathalie Elbaz has been named chief executive officer of beauty brand Officine Universelle Buly 1803, starting Oct. 15, in accordance with an internal memo released on the brand’s parent company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

Elbaz can be based in Paris and report back to Stéphanie Medoni, executive president of LVMH Beauty.

Elbaz succeeds Anne-Véronique Bruel, who led Buly through its integration into LVMH after the luxurious group acquired the brand in October 2021.

A selection of products by Officine Universelle Buly 1803.

A choice of products by Officine Universelle Buly 1803.

Courtesy Officine Universelle Buly 1803

Bruel is to tackle a latest role that can be announced shortly, in accordance with LVMH.

Elbaz has greater than 20 years’ experience in the luxurious and wonder industries. She signed on to LVMH in 2005 as trade marketing manager for Guerlain France. The manager then rose through the ranks of the brand and launched its fragrance La Petite Robe Noire, which was a blockbuster in its home market.

She has been general manager France for Guerlain since 2015, where she “has remarkably contributed to elevating the brand’s image, improving operational execution, especially in direct retail, in addition to expanding Guerlain’s footprint throughout the market,” in accordance with LVMH.

Prior to working there, Elbaz was at L’Oréal, holding positions comparable to marketing manager for Lancôme and skincare group manager for the general company.

She began her profession at Arthur Anderson, first as a financial auditor, after which she joined the consulting division. Elbaz holds a master’s degree in management from ESCP Business School. — JENNIFER WEIL

ART PURCHASE: The Hepworth Wakefield has purchased its second work or art with money from the JW Anderson Collections Fund.

The Yorkshire gallery said it acquired “A snake got here to my coffee table on a hot, hot day to drink there,” by Andrew Cranston. The artist has described the painting as “an intrusion of something alien into the familiar, an unlikely presence, and threat into the domestic.”

The Hepworth Wakefield has acquired a painting by Andrew Cranston with money from the JW Anderson Collections Fund.

The Hepworth Wakefield has acquired a painting by Andrew Cranston with money from the JW Anderson Collections Fund.


The work will go on display at The Hepworth Wakefield in November as a part of “Andrew Cranston: What Made You Stop Here?,” the artist’s first U.K. institutional solo show.

Earlier this 12 months, The Hepworth Wakefield became the inaugural recipient of the JW Anderson Collections Fund, which goals to support the acquisition of works by museums across the U.K.

Every year, a special collecting institution will receive 50,000 kilos to amass works by artists who’re underrepresented within the U.K.

Earlier this 12 months, The Hepworth Wakefield purchased a large-scale charcoal drawing by Jake Grewal, which was displayed on the gallery within the spring.

Anderson has a longstanding relationship with The Hepworth Wakefield.

In 2017, he teamed with the gallery on a show called “Disobedient Bodies: JW Anderson Curates the Hepworth Wakefield,“ which examined clothing and the body as sculpture and the conversation between art and fashion.

It was also an homage to a few of Anderson’s favorite fashion figures, including Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo, Jean Paul Gaultier, Issey Miyake, Helmut Lang and Christian Dior.

The designer continues to curate.

Last month, Anderson oversaw an exhibition celebrating the British capital at Offer Waterman, a blue-chip gallery specializing in modern and contemporary art.

Titled “On Foot,” the show mingles the fashions Anderson creates for his signature brand, and for the Spanish luxury house Loewe. The installations rejoice various elements of London, from the “salubrious streets of Mayfair” to the “provocatively storied alleys of Soho,” in accordance with the designer.

The show at Offer Waterman runs until Oct. 28 and features work by artists including Frank Auerbach, Sara Flynn, Lucian Freud, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, L.S. Lowry, Henry Moore, Cedric Morris, Magdalene Odundo, Jem Perucchini, Walter Sickert and Christopher Wood. — SAMANTHA CONTI

LULULEMON SIGNING: Lululemon is continuous to expand its ambassador roster with Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf signing on as the most recent member of the family.

Metcalf joins NBA star Jordan Clarkson and NHL player Connor Bedard, tennis champion Leylah Fernandez and ultrarunner Camille Herron as faces of the brand.

Metcalf can be featured in Lululemon’s Get Into It campaign highlighting its ABC Pant. A television spot featuring Metcalf was expected to debut nationally on Sunday during NFL games.

DK Metcalf in Lululemon.

DK Metcalf in Lululemon.


Outside of his performance on the sphere, Metcalf is an advocate for mental health in skilled sports and he has grow to be known for sharing his own personal wellness journey.

“I see each Lululemon and myself as one among one,” Metcalf said. “I would like to be unique in all that I do, on and off the sphere. I do know Lululemon can be a driving force for me.”

Along with appearing in promotional materials for the corporate, Metcalf will work with Lululemon to check its training and lifestyle products. “I attempt to do things outside of the norm,” he added. “Good style is something that makes an individual feel comfortable. Let your light shine and just be you.”

Metcalf broke the news of the partnership Friday on his Instagram and TikTok pages and he was also seen wearing the brand on Monday at MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., when the Seahawks played the Recent York Giants during Monday Night Football. The Seahawks won the sport. — JEAN E. PALMIERI

BACK AT IT: Just over a month after selling his Italia Independent eyewear brand to Modo Group, entrepreneur Lapo Elkann is returning to the corporate he founded in 2006 as creative director.

Modo Group revealed the appointment Friday, after buying out the brand last month in a 1 million euro deal, which was limited to the Italia Independent brand and didn’t involve Italia Independent Group SpA, the publicly listed company that operated the eyewear firm until before the transaction.

Lapo Elkann

Lapo Elkann

Courtesy of Italia Independent.

Back then Modo Group, which already operated the Modo and Eco eyewear brands, didn’t reveal whether the Fiat scion and grandson of the late Gianni Agnelli would remain involved within the brand’s operations.

“The founding father of Italia Independent is its beating heart. I’m completely happy that Lapo [Elkann] will help us relaunch this unique and avant-garde brand contributing together with his style,” said Alessandro Lanaro, founder and chief executive officer of Modo Group.

“I’ve accepted Alessandro Lanaro’s offer with enthusiasm and I stay up for kicking off the design process for the primary collection,” said Elkann. “I’m emotionally very attached to Italia Independent and it’s a pleasure to proceed supporting the brand with my creativity.”

In light of the acquisition, Lanaro has folded in management duties for Italia Independent along with Giovanni Lo Faro, CEO of Modo International, the corporate that distributes the Modo and Eco brands.

Modo Group, which was founded in Recent York in 1990 by Lanaro and operates in about 80 countries, said that it plans to spice up Italia Independent’s international footprint, leveraging its group headquarters in Milan, Recent York and Stockholm.

The brainchild of Elkann, Italia Independent managed to capture the zeitgeist in the primary years of its founding, experimenting with carbon fiber frames and its signature velvety sunglasses. Heavily reliant on its founder’s image and elegance, it expanded its reach via several collaborations and licensing deals over time with, amongst others, Hublot, Adidas, The Walt Disney Company, Billionaire Boys Club, Juventus and Fiat 500. In 2020 it inked a five-year global license with soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for the event and production of eyewear under the player’s CR7 brand.

In 2015 Italia Independent Group SpA was hit by financial troubles, which required the corporate to restructure by reducing costs and reinforcing the product offering. Despite several efforts from its shareholders, the corporate eventually filed for a composition with creditors procedure in mid-2022 approved by an Ivrea, Italy Court. — M.C.

ART SUPPORTER: Valentino is strengthening its ties with the world of art with a partnership with the Triennale Milano museum. 

The corporate is sponsoring an exhibition dedicated to Italian contemporary painting slated to run from Oct. 25 to Feb. 11 and can be a part of the packed schedule of events marking the one hundredth anniversary of the multidisciplinary institution.

Dubbed “Pittura Italiana Oggi,” or “Italian Painting Today” in English, the show is being curated by Damiano Gullì and can bring together the works of 120 of essentially the most interesting Italian artists from the Nineteen Sixties to the 2000s.

“Fluent within the Wind” by Bea Bonafini, 2022.

Courtesy of the artist and Bosse&Baum

The exhibition will feature one work per artist, created between 2020 and 2023 to offer cross-generational perspectives and original interpretations of contemporaneity. Specifically, the timeframe of reference is seen as pivotal for its historical, social and economic transformations and upheavals, from the pandemic and wars to the evolving applications of artificial intelligence. Reflections of such events can be detectable in most of the works on display.

Amongst the abilities showcased, five artists have already collaborated with the style brand on the Valentino Des Ateliers fall 2021 couture collection, which was presented with a runway show in Venice. For the show, 22 out of the 82 designs were created in an exchange with a global group of 17 artists, including five whose works can be included within the museum exhibit: Benni Bosetto, Guglielmo Castelli, Francis Offman, Andrea Respino and Sofia Silvia. 

“Buon Vento” by Guglielmo Castelli, 2023.

Nicola Morittu/Courtesy of Triennale Milano

On the time, Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli underscored that “fashion will not be art,” as the previous “all the time has a practical scope while art is an end in itself.” Yet he said they share a typical intent to reflect a historical moment and a perspective, each through its own language.

The designer penned the introduction to the catalogue that may flank the Triennale Milano exhibition. Published by Electa, the tome will include contributions by Triennale Milano’s president Stefano Boeri and show curator Gullì; art critics Francesco Bonami, Susan Hudson and Davide Ferri; a conversation on painting between the artistic director of Serpentine Galleries in London, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and artist Katharina Grosse, and a text on the exhibition design by architect Italo Rota, amongst others.

Overall, the show is linked to the history of Triennale Milano because it draws inspiration from the mural painting exhibitions organized within the Palazzo dell’Arte since 1933, in addition to from Luciano Baldessari’s project for the ninth International Exhibition in 1951. The aim is to spotlight how painting has been an object of study and display for the institution since its founding, along with spotlighting the richness and complexity of Italian painting.

“Hostia” by Nicola Verlato, 2022.

Courtesy of Triennale Milano

Valentino’s sponsorship of the show is the most recent in a series of art-related projects launched by the brand, which ranged from the Valentino on Canvas initiative spotlighting contemporary and emerging painters and sculptors to supporting the work of Gian Maria Tosatti on the Venice Art Biennale in 2022.

As reported, earlier this 12 months the brand invited Italian artist Gioele Amaro — known for his digital color fields printed on canvas — to display his work on the brand’s latest store in Avenue Montaigne in Paris. These were flanked by an enormous billboard appeared on Avenue de l’Opéra which made for a novel piece Amaro specifically created for the occasion. 

Recently, Valentino also collaborated with contemporary talents for Frieze in Singapore and Seoul, tasking them to reinterpret the brand’s codes in latest artworks. — SANDRA SALIBIAN

DE PIANTE’S OPENING: Veronica de Piante, the eponymous luxury womenswear label based in Recent York, will open a physical store for the autumn 2023 season at 833 Madison Avenue in Recent York.

The shop can be open through early 2024.

The 2-story shop opens Saturday and can carry a choice of the brand’s elevated tailoring, knitwear, outerwear and eveningwear. The bottom floor is 767 square feet, and there’s an extra 400 square feet on the second floor that may function a VIP and event area. Interiors were designed by Charlie Ferrer, who worked closely with de Piante to pick out each bit. They kept the look classic and minimal, aiming to enhance the gathering.

Retail prices range from $595 for a knit to $5,995 for a shearling coat. The Veronica de Piante line can also be available at Veronicadepiante.com and Net-a-porter.com. The brand, which is independently owned, was launched in November 2022; that is its only physical retail space.

A fall style from Veronica de Piante.

A fall look from Veronica de Piante.

Courtesy of Veronica de Piante

Raised in Bahrain with Italian and Argentine heritage, de Piante has curated a contemporary collection based on her experiences. Her line is made in Italy with fabrics from the country’s own mills and he or she works with multigenerational, family-run businesses. A few of her key styles have embroidered grosgrain hand-sewn by female Palestinian and Syrian artists through the Social Enterprise Project, an integral a part of her collection.

“For me, Madison Avenue symbolizes the cross-generational appeal of girls of favor — the travelers in addition to the locals who stroll there each day. A store is a possibility to interact with our clients in person. We’re so looking forward to constructing our community this fashion,” said de Piante.

She noted that the shopper is a cross-generational woman of substance and elegance, who’s wearing the garments, not the opposite way around. The pieces are timeless and designed to be passed through generations, she said, noting the brand appeals to women of their 20s, but in addition of their 80s.

Just last week, Scarlett Johansson wore Veronica de Piante’s Giula jacket and Mick trousers to the Clooney Foundation for Justice’s 2023 Albie Awards.

To rejoice the opening, de Piante will partner with VIP stylist Kate Young for a stylist session on the space on Oct. 18. — LISA LOCKWOOD

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