August 1, 2005
The French luxury house was launched in 1945 by Celine Viplana, and was originally a made-to-measure children’s shoe business that grew into women’s shoes and accessories. Ready-to-wear debuted in the 1960s, when Viplana designed a line of “couture sportswear” or “fashion for everyone.”
The Look is high-end sporty looks, clean and wearable separates, such as swinging skirts, fitted shirts, and soft knits. The accessories-belts, boots, shoes, and bags-have a distinct sexy, city girl appeal.
Michael Kors helmed the label successfully for seven years until 2004, when the reigns were passed to Italian designer Roberto Menichetti. After a disappointing one-year collaboration, LVMH looked in-house to find a replacement and hired Ivana Omazic, a former consultant for the brand. Croatian Omazic had previously worked with Romeo Gigli, Prada, Jil Sander, and Miu Miu.
Worn by Globe-trotting gals with a taste for classics and clean lines, including Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Renee Russo, and Lucy Liu.