Lanvin Appoints Peter Copping as Artistic Director, and Other News

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Peter Copping, the new artistic director of Lanvin. Photography by Riccardo Olerhead

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Lanvin appoints the seasoned British designer Peter Copping as its next artistic director.

Lanvin has appointed Peter Copping as artistic director starting in September. In his new role, Copping will oversee womenswear, menswear, leather goods, and accessories. Known for his feminine designs, Copping’s illustrious career includes significant roles at Louis Vuitton, Nina Ricci, Oscar de la Renta, and Balenciaga, where he showcased his ability to blend respect for brand heritage with contemporary flair. This appointment comes after a search following Bruno Sialelli’s departure in April 2023, and aims to revitalize the French heritage house, which has faced challenges since Alber Elbaz’s exit in 2015. Copping will also collaborate on the experimental space Lanvin Lab, which aims to foster innovative partnerships, such as its first collection with American rapper Future.

A show about Robert Caro’s The Power Broker heads to the New York Historical Society.

In his memoir Working, Robert Caro reveals that his late editor Bob Gottlieb cut 750,000 words from the original manuscript of The Power Broker. For the first time, fans can explore these cut pages at an exhibition opening on September 6 at the New-York Historical Society, celebrating the book’s 50th anniversary. The exhibition will showcase Caro’s handwritten notes, Gottlieb’s redlined manuscripts, and other archival materials, providing an in-depth look at the creation of this influential biography of Robert Moses and its enduring impact on understanding New York City’s development.

The Tokyo International Forum by Rafael Viñoly Architects. Photography by Kawasumi-Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office, courtesy of Rafael Viñoly Architects

The Tokyo International Forum by Rafael Viñoly Architects wins a prestigious AIA award.

The late Rafael Viñoly’s Tokyo International Forum received the prestigious AIA Twenty-Five Year Award for its transparent design and public engagement in the world’s largest metropolitan area. Created from Japan’s first competition sanctioned by the International Union of Architects, the multi-purpose space often hosts diverse events such as the 2021 Olympic weightlifting, concerts, and the IUA’s 24th World Congress of Architecture. Partner Román Viñoly stated the award highlights Rafael Viñoly’s lasting architectural impact and the collaborative effort that continues to bring life to the building, which has welcomed more than 23 million visitors and hosted more than 3,400 events since 1997.

EV maker Rivian’s stock surges after Volkswagen announces a $5 billion investment. 

Rivian’s stock surged 23.2 percent on Wednesday after announcing a joint venture with Volkswagen to develop next-generation software-defined vehicle architectures, leveraging Rivian’s zonal hardware design and electrical architecture. Volkswagen will invest an initial $1 billion in the electric vehicle manufacturer, with up to $4 billion more through 2026, totaling $5 billion. This partnership not only secures crucial capital for Rivian’s growth and production ramp-up, but also strengthens its technology profile and market reach.

Bernard Arnault acquires a small equity stake in Richemont as a personal investment.

Bernard Arnault has acquired a personal equity stake in Richemont, the parent company of Cartier, though the size of his shareholding remains unclear. Described as a “small” part of his broader investment portfolio, Arnault intends to hold the stock purely as an investment. This news, revealed in a Bloomberg Businessweek profile, saw Richemont shares rise by 3.1 percent in Zurich, although questions about Arnault’s long-term intentions for the stake may arise, especially considering Richemont Chairman Johann Rupert’s firm control and desire to keep the company independent.

Margot Friedländer, a survivor of the Holocaust, on the cover of Vogue Germany’s July/August issue. Photography by Mark Peckmezian, courtesy of Vogue Germany

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