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Givenchy to Dedicate Couture Show to Late Founder

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LE GRAND HUBERT: Clare Waight Keller is to dedicate the Givenchy fall 2018 couture show in Paris on July 1 to house founder Hubert de Givenchy, who died in March at age 91. Givenchy said the collection would be “an homage to his iconic creations, technique and personal lexicon” and a “celebration of his timeless elegance and grace, imbued with Waight Keller’s fresh take on the Givenchy spirit.” Waight Keller, whose fame vaulted last month when she dressed Meghan Markle for her marriage to Prince Harry, has titled the collection “Caraman” after the original name of the 19th-century town house on Avenue George V where the couture house is based. (It was originally built for the Duke of Caraman.) Hubert de Givenchy, a French aristocrat who founded the house of Givenchy in 1952, established his couture ateliers in the building in 1959, and he used it for fashion shows, receptions and the first Givenchy boutique. Givenchy was best known to the general public as the creator of the film and personal wardrobes of his longtime muse, Audrey Hepburn, in movies including “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Funny Face.” With his perfect manners and old-school discipline, the couturier had a distinguished presence that colored the fashion industry

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J. Crew Names Johanna Uurasjarvi as Chief Design Officer

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J. Crew Group has named Johanna Uurasjarvi as its chief design officer, with responsibility for the overall design direction for the J. Crew brand as well as Crewcuts and Mercantile. Uurasjarvi succeeds Somsack Sikhounmuong, who left the company last September. Uurasjarvi was creative director of West Elm, the lifestyle and specialty home furnishing retailer, and prior to that, she was the creative director of Anthropologie for a decade. Johanna Uurasjarvi  Kyle Ericksen/Penske Media/REX/S “Johanna brings more than 25 years of fashion and design experience with a unique understanding of how customers shop and live,” said Jim Brett, chief executive officer of J. Crew Group. Brett and Uurasjarvi have a history of working together, at West Elm, where Brett was president before joining J. Crew a year ago, and at Anthropologie, where both held senior positions. “Johanna is a visionary with impeccable taste who will undoubtedly inspire our team, our partners and our customers,” Brett said. “I am thrilled to work with Johanna again. We had a powerful and successful partnership at West Elm and Anthropologie.” Uurasjarvi is credited as the builder of West Elm’s successful “New Modern” assortment, which was described as “a lighter and brighter interpretation of classic Mid-Century Modern with layered textures and material innovation, incorporating

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