LVMH Disagrees With Kering Ban on Models Under 18

PARIS — LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton will not be following Kering’s lead in banning models under 18 from its catwalk shows and campaign shoots.
Signaling the first rift between the luxury rivals since they signed a joint charter in 2017 setting out industry standards to protect models, Antoine Arnault said on Friday that LVMH disagrees with Kering’s decision to stop hiring models between the ages of 16 and 18 to represent adults.
“We will not be following suit. We are sticking to our position,” said Arnault, head of communication and image of LVMH.
“Two years ago, we signed this charter, which in my opinion is very balanced and which contained significant advances for models aged 16 to 18,” he said, noting the new rules required models under 18 to be accompanied by a chaperone at all times, and brands to provide return transport for any model working after 8 p.m.
The charter also placed an outright ban on working with size-zero and under-16 models. Arnault said LVMH had consulted child psychologists and felt it was safe to employ models between the ages of 16 and 18, noting that they represent only a handful of models in a typical catwalk show.
Kaia Gerber, for instance, began

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Kering Raises Minimum Age for Its Models to 18

COPENHAGEN  — Further raising the bar to protect the wellbeing of models, Kering has increased the minimum age to 18 for models it hires to represent adults, effective in 2020, the company said Wednesday.
“As a global luxury group, we are conscious of the influence exerted on younger generations in particular by the images produced by our houses,” said François-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of Kering.
In 2017, Kering and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, in a rare coordinated move for the luxury rivals, drew up a charter setting out industry standards to protect models. They set out requirements for recent medical certificates proving models’ overall health, and banned the employment of models under 16.
The announcement expands on this agreement by preventing their brands from working with “models under 18 in shoots and walking in shows,” said Pinault.
“We believe that we have a responsibility to put forward the best possible practices in the luxury sector and we hope to create a movement that will encourage others to follow suit,” he added.
The company, which champions women’s causes through its foundation that fights violence against women, noted that the measure signalled “further progress in Kering’s continued commitment to women.”
“In our view, the

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Kering Partners With Savory Institute For Regenerative Sourcing Plan

PARIS — Kering and the Savory Institute have joined forces to apply the nonprofit’s “Land to Market” system for sourcing to the fashion industry.
Noting the industry’s part in damaging ecosystems, the luxury giant said the idea is to promote agriculture practices meant to reverse environmental damage. So-called regenerative raw materials are key to building a circular economy for the industry, and their use could be a potential game changer, the company said in a joint statement with the organization.
“Regenerative agriculture is a multibenefit solution which supports Kering’s sustainability ambitions to mitigate our environmental impacts and deliver positive outcomes along our supply chain,” said the group’s chief sustainability officer, Marie-Claire Daveu, who also heads the group’s international institutional affairs.
The company will become a “frontier founder” or partner to the Boulder-based group, and the two will work together to draw up a network of farms to supply raw materials to Kering.
Fashion companies are under increasing pressure to improve their records amidst growing consumer concern about environmental issues. Kering has positioned itself as a trailblazer on such matters in the corporate world, publishing an environmental profit and loss account for the sneaker business Puma as early as 2011, for example.
Calling the deal announced Thursday

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Kering to Double Budget of Its Corporate Foundation

PARIS – Kering chairman and chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault had an early Christmas present for staff at the Kering Foundation, telling guests at a party celebrating the institution’s 10th anniversary that he had decided to double its budget from next year.
Pinault, who is also chairman of the Kering Foundation, had gathered top executives – including the CEOs of Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Pomellato – at the group’s headquarters in Paris to mark the first decade of its effort to combat violence against women, though he said it was too early to jubilate.
“I hope one day we will be able to finally celebrate the total eradication of this scourge, but we’re not at that stage yet and there is much left to do. There are still far too many victims of violence. These victims come from all backgrounds: They are on the other side of the world, but they are also across the hall,” he said.
The foundation’s budget will increase to 2 million euros per year, according to Kering officials.
Noting that one in three women worldwide are victims of violence, Pinault said the organization would use some of the additional funds to expand its prevention efforts. As an example, it

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Kering Named Most Sustainable Global Corporation

GREEN THUMBS UP: Kering has been named the top sustainable textile, apparel and luxury goods corporation, according to rankings released by the Corporate Knights Global 100 index, which was published at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday.
The company, which owns brands including Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga, took first place in its category and was ranked 47th in an overall listing of companies. This is the third time the company has been named on this list.
Marie-Claire Daveu, chief sustainability officer and head of international institutional affairs of Kering, said the ranking is a source of motivation to continue the company’s pursuit of “a more sustainable luxury.”
“We consider sustainability to be the Kering seal of savoir-faire, a criterion in all business decisions, traversing all departments and areas of our supply chain,” said Daveu.
Last year the firm unveiled a program aimed at reducing its environmental footprint by 40 percent by 2025. Their strategy focuses on three pillars: care, which pertains to the environment; collaborate, for social aspects of sustainability such as employee, supplier and community welfare and equality, and create, which encompasses new business opportunities.

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Kering Hosts Party to Celebrate Agnès Varda’s Honorary Oscar

GOING FOR GOLD: Kering threw open the doors of its Paris headquarters on Monday for a party celebrating filmmaker Agnès Varda’s honorary Oscar.
Well-wishers including Isabelle Huppert, Jane Birkin, Louis Garrel, Jacques Audiard and fellow Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius thronged around the diminutive director in the chapel of the historic building, built during the reign of Louis XIII.
Many of them wore badges proclaiming “I ❤️ Agnès” handed out by UniFrance, the agency dedicated to promoting French films around the world, which co-hosted the event. JR, the French photographer and artist who stars with Varda in their recent documentary “Faces Places,” sidled up proffering roasted chestnuts.
The Belgian-born director, 89, lapped up the attention, though she played down the fact that she was the first female director to be awarded an honorary Oscar.
“You shouldn’t be making a big deal of the fact that I am a woman, but you should be making a big deal of the fact that they chose someone who does not represent Hollywood values, because as I said in my speech, I am not bankable,” Varda told WWD between spoonfuls of pumpkin soup.
“My movies never made any money, but I have received many prizes, because my cinema interests students,

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Carlo Alberto Beretta Said Exiting Kering

Carlo Alberto Beretta, chief client and marketing officer at Kering, is leaving the French group, WWD has learned.
It is understood Beretta is exiting the role for personal reasons. He took up the post, a new one, in September 2016, when Claus Dietrich Lahrs succeeded him as chief executive officer of Bottega Veneta.
Beretta, who was also on group’s executive committee, was charged with monitoring the equity of the brands in the group’s portfolio; establishing “a comprehensive, measurable and profitable customer culture” for each of them; and speeding the development of the group’s omnichannel capabilities.
Kering’s portfolio includes Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Boucheron, Brioni and Puma.
Beretta started his career in 1993 at the Italian department store La Rinascente as senior buyer. He spent over seven years there, winding up as merchandising manager for men’s wear. He was then appointed men’s wear brand manager at Valentino. In 2003 he joined the Ermenegildo Zegna group, working 11 years, eventually rising to retail development director. He was appointed ceo of Bottega Veneta in January 2015.

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2017 Cannes Film Festival: Kering and Madame Figaro Host 70 Women in Film Cannes Lunch

ISLAND LIFE: Clad in printed Gucci pajamas and quirky oversized shades, Salma Hayek was in a playful mood at a lunch held by Kering and Madame Figaro on Monday at La Guérite, an open-air seaside restaurant on Sainte-Marguerite island, a short boat ride from Cannes.

The atmosphere at the Kering and Madame Figaro Women in Film Cannes lunch 
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The event celebrated 70 women in film in the context of the 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival.
Hayek took videos of co-host Isabelle Huppert and popped Gucci shades on Agnès Varda as guests feasted on a spread of Mediterranean dishes including tuna tartare and wasabi sorbet, grilled sweet peppers and home-made gnocchi.

Salma Hayek at the Kering and Madame Figaro Women in Film Cannes lunch 
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“It’s lovely, we’re in nature, it’s a great atmosphere. The energy of it is healing for the festival. It’s so important that we women stick together and work together as a force, if we do this nobody can stop us,” said Hayek, who plays a healer and masseuse in her latest film, “Beatriz at Dinner,” directed by Miguel Arteta.
“I’m so proud, it’s one of the best things I’ve done in my life. It’s about the divorce of the two Americas,

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2017 Cannes Film Festival: Kering Announces Program of Women in Motion Talks

FEMALE VOICES: Isabelle Huppert, Robin Wright, Salma Hayek Pinault and Diane Kruger are among the film figures who will take part in the third edition of Kering’s Women in Motion talks during the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
Wright will kick off the cycle with a talk on May 18, with Huppert scheduled to appear the following day. Chinese actor Yang Yang is booked for May 21, and Hayek Pinault will join director Costa-Gavras on May 23 for a talk organized by the Kering Foundation, which combats violence against women.
Kruger will close off the series on May 24.
Kering, an official partner of the Cannes Film Festival, launched the program in 2015 with the aim of shedding light on women’s contribution to film and sharing their recommendations for greater representation within the sector.
Open to journalists and film professionals, the talks have featured guests including Jodie Foster, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davies, Juliette Binoche and Chloë Sevigny.
Kering also hands out a Women in Motion award each year. Huppert, in addition to being the face of this year’s Women in Motion program, will receive the award at a dinner on May 21. She has chosen Palestinian director and scriptwriter Maysaloun Hamoud to receive the accompanying young

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Kering Partners With UniFrance to Expand Women in Motion Program

WOMEN ON THE MOVE: Kering, an official partner of the Cannes Film Festival, said on Tuesday it has signed a two-year deal with UniFrance, the agency dedicated to promoting French films around the world, to expand the scope of its Women in Motion initiative worldwide.
Launched in Cannes in 2015, the program hopes to shed light on women’s contribution to film and share their recommendations for greater representation within the sector through talks open to journalists and film professionals. Last year, guests included Jodie Foster, Juliette Binoche, Chloë Sevigny and Salma Hayek Pinault.
Under the terms of the new partnership, Women in Motion will have a presence at several international film events, including the French Film Festival in Japan organized by UniFrance in Tokyo from June 22 to 25. Isabelle Giordano, general director of UniFrance, will host one of the talks at the Cannes Film Festival, scheduled to run from May 17 to 28.
Further Women in Motion talks are planned during the Elle Active forum in Shanghai on May 13, in partnership with the Chinese edition of Elle magazine, and in Japan on June 17 as part of the Women in Society event organized by Elle Japan.

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Kering to Launch ‘Women in Motion’ in Cannes

GIRLS ON FILM: Kering is deepening its ties with cinema.
Having signed a five-year-deal with the Cannes International Film Festival, the French luxury group said Monday it would launch the first edition of “Women in Motion,” an event highlighting women’s contributions, at this year’s festival, which is slated to run from May 13 to 24 on the French Riviera.
Throughout the competition, Kering and the Festival de Cannes are to host talks focusing on a number of issues including women’s status, their representation on screen and within the film industry, as well as their perspectives behind the camera.
“The artistic sensibility of women and the specific nature of female narration are an integral part of the richness of cinema. The ‘Women in Motion’ program does not just aim at highlighting the talent of women in cinema, but also emphasizes the interest of their work for audiences. Enhancing their visibility is essential when we consider the impact that films have on our ways of thinking and, ultimately, our everyday behavior,” said Francois-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chairman and chief executive officer.
As of 2016, Kering is to launch two “Women in Motion” Awards: one recognizing “a significant contribution to the cause of women in cinema,” the other

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