LVMH Adds Influencers to Expert Panel, Helmut Lang’s Vintage Certification

by Aria Darcella

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LVMH Taps Influencers to Panel Its 2019 Prize
LVMH has announced the panel of experts who will preside over the 2019 iteration of its prestigious prize. This year 16 new names have been added to the list. While there are industry giants one expects to find — such as Naomi Campbell and Edward Enninful — two influencers have also made the list: Chiara Ferragni and Aimee Song. Ferragni has also been named an ambassador of this year’s prize.

Other new names include Rami Atallah, founder of Ssense; Marie Chaix, fashion director at Double Magazine; Angelo Flaccavento, journalist; Ashley Heath, editorial director at Pop and Arena Homme+; Joerg Koch, EIC of 032c; Suzanne Koller, fashion director of M Le Monde; Kevin Ma, founder and CEO of Hypebeast; Ezra Petronio, EIC of Self Service; Loïc Prigent, filmmaker; Aizel Trudel, founder of Aizel; Elizabeth von Guttman and Alexia Niedzielski, founders of System. The semi-finals of the prize will take place March 1 and 2.


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Helmut Lang Releases “Certified Pre-Owned” collection (Elle UK)
Looking for rare and archival Helmut Lang pieces? You can now ensure that what you are buying is authentic — Helmut Lang has just launched the Certified Pre-Owned program, which authenticates pieces from the private collections of resellers. The first installment is available online now.

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Catherine Deneuve’s YSL Auction Made Over $1 Million (Business of Fashion)
The numbers are in! Christies’ long-awaited auction of Catherine Deneuve’s private collection of Yves Saint Laurent wares took place on Thursday. Her pieces fetched $1.02 million.

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Town & Country and Saks Fifth Avenue Hold Second Annual Jewelry Awards
Town & Country partnered with Saks Fifth Avenue to hold its second annual Jewelry Awards at The Gold Room at the Top of The Standard. Kelly Ripa, Adam Rippon, Doutzen Kroes, Jordan Roth, and Hilary Rhoda, among others, were on hand to celebrate the most talented names in the jewelry world.

Below are the winners:

Breakthrough Designer of the Year: Emmanuel Tarpin
Legend of the Year: Van Cleef & Arpels
Gold Designer of the Year: Roberto Coin
Collection of the Year: Bulgari Wild Pop
Philanthropic Collection of the Year: Tiffany & Co.
Colored Stone Designer of the Year: Chopard
Jewelry Champion of the Year: Lizzie Tisch
Diamond Designer of the Year: DeBeers
Jewelry Watch of the Year: Cartier
Pearl Designer of the Year: Mizuki
Innovator of the Year: Vhernier
Red Carpet Stylist of the Year: Kate Young

H&M and Lyft Partner to Make It Easier to Recycle Your Clothes 
H&M has long accepted clothing donations as part of its recycling plan. But now it is making it easier for New Yorker’s to drop off their clothes. The company has partnered with Lyft to give free rides up to $10 to those looking to donate unwanted clothes to the retailer’s garment collection program. Citing the popularity of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo for inspiring people to clean out their closets, H&M and Lyft would rather see the items recycled than thrown away. The promotion is available now through January 27 to the first 5000 customers to use the promo code HMRECYCLES to any H&M location in NY. In return for at least one clothing item, from any brand and in any condition, customers will also receive 15% off an H&M purchase.


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Zac Posen Co-Hosts The Winter Show’s Young Collector’s Night
On Thursday night The Winter show held its annual Young Collectors Night benefitting the East Side House Settlement. The evening was co-hosted by honorary chair Zac Posen, and Wendy Goodman, Chair of Interior Design Committee and Design Editor of New York Magazine. Guests included Sophie Elgort, Tonne Goodman, and Nicky Hilton Rothschild, among others.

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