Maria Grazia Chiuri departs Valentino for Dior

Dior has announced that Italian designer Maria Grazia Chiuri will become the fashion house’s first female creative director. The announcement comes after months of speculation – Raf Simons departed Dior back in October – and just a day after Valentino announced that Chiuri would be leaving her role as co-creative director of Valentino – Pierpaolo Piccioli will remain at the helm of the Italian fashion house. The appointment marks the end of the era for the Chiuri and Piccioli; they started working as a team at Fendi in 1989, before starting at Valentino together in 1999.



NZ to get designer fix at David Jones Wellington


When David Jones opens its doors in Wellington on the 28th of July, a number of luxury labels will make their New Zealand debut. The department store will be the first in New Zealand to offer Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Valentino and Saint Laurent alongside favourites such as Chanel, Raymond Weil, Mimco and Samantha Wills.  New Zealand brands—Twenty-Seven Names, Karen Walker, Kate Sylvester–will be added to the David Jones line-up. The likes of Trelise Cooper and Sabatini, currently stocked in David Jones’ Australian stores, will also be on offer.

Beauty enthusiasts won’t be disappointed either. Tom Ford fans will finally be able to shop the coveted fragrance and makeup collection, and Wellingtonians will be able to get their hands on new-to-the-city, Aesop and Benefit.