Gucci Couple Depart & Rumors of an LVMH Acquisition
Departures at Gucci
Italian luxury house Gucci’s creative director Frida Giannini and CEO Patrizio di Marco have announced they are stepping down from their roles at Gucci. The pair - a couple in real life - will depart in 2015 with Patrizio di Marco exiting his role on January 1, while Frida Giannini will leave after showing her autumn/winter 2015 collection at Milan Fashion week. French luxury group Kering which owns Gucci, has named Marco Bizzarri has been as the new CEO and said that a creative director appointment will occur at some point in the New Year.
LVMH Eyes Coach?
New York City based fashion goods company Coach has seen its share market price increase on the back of rumors that French multinational luxury goods conglomerate LVMH may have taken an interest in purchasing the company. Coach's current creative director, Stuart Vevers, had previously worked for LVMH's Loewe brand and the brand has been pursuing a strategy of moving to more exclusive higher priced products which has turned industry heads. LVMH has declined to comment on any possible purchase.
The Science Behind High Heels
Scientists from the Universite de Bretagne-Sud in France have conducted experiments that showed that men behave very differently toward high-heeled women. The results, published online in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior include a host of situation-based observations including a study that found if a woman drops a glove on the street while wearing heels, she’s almost 50 per cent more likely to have a man fetch it for her than if she's wearing flats. Nicolas Gueguen, a behavioral science researcher and the studies offer concluded that “Women’s shoe heel size exerts a powerful effect on men’s behavior”.