Baku's newly opened Fairmont Hotel occupies one of three flame-shaped skyscrapers whose curved facades, come nightfall, transform into giant video screens depicting blazing fires. From the 27th floor, there’s a lovely view of the Azerbaijani capital and its crescent-shaped bay in the Caspian Sea. One evening, an employee joins me at a window near the elevator and directs my gaze to a 162-meter pole topped witha national flag the size of two tennis courts. With evident pride, she tells me it’s the tallest flagpole in the world. In 2010, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev marked its unveiling with an elaborate ceremony featuring scores of goose-stepping soldiers.
Christie’s was propelled to its biggest auction ever by selling $745 million worth of art, fueled by Barnett Newman and Francis Bacon paintings and billionaires from around the world who competed for the masterpieces.
Marc Jacobs’s departure from Louis Vuitton to focus on an initial public offering of his own brand is set to provide a double boost for LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, the owner of both luxury fashion labels.
Marc Jacobs will leave Louis Vuitton after 16 years as artistic director of the world’s biggest luxury label to focus on an initial public offering of his own brand, according to a person familiar with the matter.
For years, fashion and luxury-goods companies have resisted putting creative and commercial control in one pair of hands. With the appointment of Christopher Bailey as chief executive officer, Burberry Group Plc aims to prove it can make the formula work.
Woolworths Holdings Ltd. of South Africa is using a $2 billion takeover of Australia’s David Jones Ltd. to challenge fashion retailers Inditex SA, Hennes & Mauritz AB and Fast Retailing Co. in the southern hemisphere.
Louis Vuitton appointed former Balenciaga designer Nicholas Ghesquiere as artistic director of womenswear, succeeding Marc Jacobs, and said he will “infuse” the world’s largest luxury brand with modernity.