Fashion News Alert: Lagerfeld Partners with Carine Roitfeld, Betsey Johnson Debuts Beauty Brand, Rachel Brosnahan’s New Gig, and Nicholas Ghesquière Goes it Alone

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For those fashionistas who are familiar with Nicolas Ghesquière’s work for women’s wear at Louis Vuitton, and his work prior to Louis Vuitton at Balenciaga, they will be pleased to know that LVMH has decided to give Ghesquière is own namesake brand.When Ghesquière renewed his contract with Louis Vuitton in 2018 a deal was developed that promised Ghesquière that he would have his own fashion brand. He was instructed to be silent about this development and the financing of his own brand. The exact launch of the eponymous brand is not yet known.

“Delphine (Arnault) is very close to Nicolas and she is the main person behind that project,” one of the sources said. Delphine Arnault is one of Bernard Arnault five children and has recently joined LVMH.

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Karl collaborates

Karl Lagerfeld may be closing in on eighty years of age, but that is not necessarily slowing him down. The septuagenarian is collaborating with former French Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld on a collection for Lagerfeld’s signature house brand.

“She knows what she wants; she has a vision and she states her vision,” says Lagerfeld of Roitfeld in a company statement. “She is actually what she seems to be; she matches her image, she fits in her universe, and she is a perfect match for KL.”

Edit by Carine Roitfeld will launch in 2019 in Lagerfeld stores; online at, and via select wholesale partners in September. KL Fashion is carried in over 100 monobrands in 96 countries including stores in Paris, Moscow, London, New York, Dubai, and Shanghai.

Rotifeld is a long-time friend of Karl Lagerfeld and has worked with Lagerfeld on books, numerous photography projects and styling projects. “Karl is one of the smartest, most inventive, and innovative people I have ever known. Our collaborations are always such a pleasure and continue to be inspiring and exciting each and every time. In spite of this, and after all these years, Karl never calls me Carine—always Madame Roitfeld!” said Roitfeld.

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Betsey Johnson expandsAs retailers and fashion brands are seeing a large decrease in consumers purchasing garments, many designers are looking to accessories and beauty to attract consumers. Betsey Johnson is the latest designer that has jumped into the beauty fray.

Though Steve Madden owns Johnson’s fashion brand, Johnson, at the age of 76, is not stopping there. Johnson is teaming up with to produce a cosmetics line that introduces eight beauty products.

Cosmetics by Johnson will feature a ‘Blend It Babe’ 24-pan eyeshadow palette, a trio of ‘Sparkle On Down’ lip glosses, a ‘Lush Lash’ mascara, a ‘Sparkle Hard’ highlighter powder, a trio of ‘Lip Love’ liquid lip colors, and a duo of ‘Sparkle Plenty’ highlighting sticks. There will also be false lashes and a set of makeup brushes. The entire beauty line is packaged cartoon-like packaging with Betsey Johnson signature aesthetic.

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Rachel Brosnahan gets another job

Rachel Brosnahan is not only celebrating her recent SAG Award win for her role in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Brosnahan has been pegged as the face of Frances Valentine. Frances Valentine is Kate Spade’s latest footwear, handbag, and accessories line.

Rachel Brosnahan is the niece of the late Kate Spade. Frances Valentine is named after Kate Spade’s daughter Frances Beatrix, founded by Kate Spade, Spade’s husband Andy Spade and Elyce Arons.

Kate Spade established Frances Valentine after she left her namesake brand. “Having Rachel as the face of the spring campaign would have made Katy smile,” Spade’s college friend and Frances Valentine CEO, Elyce Arons, told Glamour.

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