Etienne Russo Held in Japan on Suspicion of Marijuana Smuggling

TOKYO — Fashion-show producer Etienne Russo was indicted in Japan on Friday on charges of cannabis smuggling after being arrested weeks prior, according to reports by Japanese media.
Customs officials at Narita Airport outside of Tokyo are said to have found a liquid that they believe was extracted from cannabis, packed in Russo’s luggage. The founder of Villa Eugénie entered the country on Nov. 30 for the Dior men’s pre-fall fashion show that was held in Tokyo. He is said to have been seen at the show, but has been in custody since early December.
Russo and his event production firm Villa Eugénie are popular among luxury brands, having worked on shows not only for Dior but also for brands including Hermes, Thom Browne and Dries Van Noten. He makes a brief appearance in the new Netfilx series “7 Days Out” documenting preparations for a Chanel couture show.

Japan has very strict drug control laws, with zero tolerance and tough penalties for offenders. Use and possession of cannabis is punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment and a fine, whereas cultivation, sale and transport are punishable by up to 7 to 10 years in prison and a fine.
Russo will be held

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Ralph & Russo Couture Fall 2018

Ralph & Russo may not have made the dress for Meghan Markle’s royal wedding but that certainly didn’t take any wind out of their sails. The new Duchess of Sussex remains a muse — Michael Russo demurred on whether she was still a client — and business is still booming. Having just opened in the Dubai Mall, several other openings are slated for the coming months.
The couple named Jacqueline de Ribes as inspiration for a fall collection of 47 looks. Like the French fashion icon, the brand knows how to make an entrance, opening with an asymmetric off-white tailored dress with a daring slit that revealed a black garter around a toned thigh. “We wanted to set the tone for the early Eighties era of bold, sexy femininity,” said Tamara Ralph after the show.
Crystallizing the mood of the season were a multicolored chiffon kaftan in tones of fluorescent pink, yellow and aqua; a black off-the-shoulder sheath in black tulle that left the corsage, bustle and garter visible, and structured silhouettes with marked shoulders and waists.
Ralph was at her most focused when cutting closer to the body in silhouettes that exuded sensuality, rife with well-placed flashes of skin and lashings of

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Francesco Russo Named President of Boglioli

MILAN — Boglioli said Tuesday that the Court of Brescia, Italy, has accepted the procedure of voluntary arrangement with creditors and that a meeting with the creditors has been set for January 18.
“The court’s approval is a fundamental step in the relaunch of the company,” stated the men’s wear company, which is based in Gambara, near Brescia.
The company revealed that all operative powers have been granted to its new president, Francesco Russo. This is seen as a natural step, following the purchase of Boglioli by PHI Industrial Acquisitions this summer. Russo has been part of the PHI Industrial Acquisitions team in Italy since 2014 and was previously general director of La Perla and chief executive officer of storied textile company Mascioni, which is now also controlled by PHI Industrial Acquisitions.
“In these first months, we have already seen with our own eyes Boglioli’s enormous potential in the main global markets, thanks to the strength of its brand and to the excellence of its product, and we are enthusiastically working with all our strength and energies to bring back the company as a leader in the world of outerwear and of men’s elegance,” said Russo.
Andrea Perrone, who was appointed ceo of Boglioli in

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Francesco Russo Opens Shop in Shop at Just One Eye

Francesco Russo’s shop-in-shop at Just One Eye. 

Paris-based shoe designer Francesco Russo has just opened his first shop-in-shop outside of Paris at Los Angeles emporium Just One Eye. Russo began working with Just One Eye a year ago, when owner Paola Russo (no relation) suggested opening a permament space for clients to peruse the ready-to-wear collection as well as the customizable offerings in crocodile, lizard and snake.
“Far more than being a place to shop, I wanted it to be a place of experience,” said Russo. “Otherwise customers would rather not go out. They’d just as soon shop online.” Russo said the shop, in a private room in the building which houses Just One Eye’s several gallery-like spaces, is an extension of the salon-like Paris store, with the same aesthetic vibe. Even the shopping bags are the same. The furnishings, however, were all sourced in Los Angeles. Instead of the Sixties-era sofa that graces the Paris store, he found a Thirties-era carved bench at an antiques dealer in L.A.
Russo will return for an official opening party in March; he took this week to meet with stylists and clients who haven’t seen the shoes in person yet. “With the custom program, anything is

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