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April 22, 2004 | Booth Moore
Ending months of speculation, a successor has been named for Domenico De Sole, Gucci Group's chief executive and president and the financial whiz who helped designer Tom Ford build the company into a $3-billion powerhouse over the last 13 years. Robert Polet, a 48-year-old Dutch national, will join the firm after 26 years at Unilever, most recently as president of the worldwide ice cream and frozen foods division, a $7.
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April 22, 2004 | Booth Moore
Ending months of speculation, a successor has been named for Domenico De Sole, Gucci Group's chief executive and president and the financial whiz who helped designer Tom Ford build the company into a $3-billion powerhouse over the last 13 years. Robert Polet, a 48-year-old Dutch national, will join the firm after 26 years at Unilever, most recently as president of the worldwide ice cream and frozen foods division, a $7.
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March 6, 2006 | Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
It was one of those spectacular Paris Fashion Week moments. At the center of the runway, in an empty glass pyramid that recalled the I.M. Pei landmark at the Louvre, a solitary speck of light appeared. Slowly it grew into a hologram. Caressed by folds of white organza, with tendrils of blond hair, a ghostly mistress began to take shape. The apparition twisted and danced for a while before it became clear that it was a vision of Kate Moss, the personification of female fragility.
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March 16, 2008 | Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
It's a cloudless day in L.A., and Nicolas Ghesquiere is showing me around his greenhouse. It's actually the new Balenciaga store in the pool blue shadow of the Pacific Design Center, but it could well be some otherworldly garden. Here, in this spectacular tinted glass space on Melrose Avenue, the color-daubed dresses and tops from his spring collection hang like hothouse flowers. "When you drive by at night, it looks like the whole store is blue and moving," Ghesquiere says, gazing out at the cacti in front of the Space Age meets California Organic building, which he designed with French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster.
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October 12, 2004 | Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
Tom Ford and Yves Saint Laurent are tough acts to follow. But someone had to try. And so the spring season ended Sunday when Stefano Pilati showed his first collection as Ford's successor at YSL. Instead of Ford's beloved Rodin Museum, where the fashion flock had become accustomed to closing out the week sipping champagne, the show was held at the stock exchange in Paris' financial district.
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October 11, 2004 | Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
Hollywood is used to paparazzi crushes but not like this. When Nicole Kidman arrived at the Chanel show Friday, a violent skirmish broke out. Photographers swallowed up the actress and her golden tendrils, knocking each other down to get the shot, as the audience witnessed the bloody spoils of celebrity culture spilled out in front of them. But the horrifying scene, which played out again when Karl Lagerfeld plucked Kidman out of her seat for a runway victory lap, was apparently staged.
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October 14, 2007 | Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
Paris YOU know you've got problems when Marc Jacobs sticks his tongue out at the front row during the Louis Vuitton show in Paris, where runways awash with peppy prints and happy colors couldn't disguise the fact that many designers were floundering. The luxury industry may be booming, but this season, uncertainty hangs over some of the world's most influential fashion houses. John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier and Alexander McQueen all recently had creative collaborators or muses die.
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