Miuccia Prada

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Prada talking to banks about debt, exec VP says - Reuters
MONACO (Reuters) - Italian fashion house Prada is talking to banks about renegotiating its debt, Executive Vice President Carlo Mazzi said on Tuesday. The Financial Times reported on Monday that the fashion group, whose designer Miuccia Prada is...
Prada Says It Isn't in Talks to Sell Stake Amid Buyout Interest - Bloomberg
The company is “not pressed” to reduce debt through an IPO, head designer Miuccia Prada told CNN on June 1, adding that sales weren't “tremendously” affected by the global economic crisis. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported Gaudenzi's...
Safilo close to stake sale in bid to cut debt - Financial Times
Prada's total debt is divided between that owed by its industrial operations, amounting to €537m, and that owed by the holding company, which is 95 per cent-owned by Miuccia Prada, the label's designer, and Patrizio Bertelli, her husband,...
A Woman of Substance in A Glossy World - Washington Post
Neiman Marcus executives applaud upon hearing that the Vogue editors have spoken with designer Miuccia Prada about her penchant for fabrics that are too heavy and hot for their Southern markets and report that Prada has agreed to cut part of her...
Miuccia Prada: The reluctant fashionista - CNN International
(CNN) -- She's the antithesis of the typical fashion designer, preferring to step away from the adulation of shows and flashy parties, yet from behind the scenes, Miuccia Prada has a huge impact on the world of fashion. Preferring to stay behind the...
Say It Right | Fashion Translations - New York Times
(Adam Kepler, the assistant to T's editor, Stefano Tonchi, once wrote for The Moment about confusing Miuccia Prada with a cartoon about Mexican wrestlers.) But to industry diehards, the correct pronunciation of the style directory is as important as...
Discover the 'Prada Transformer' - ABC News
The steel structure weighs 160 tons. In the current exhibition, "Waist Down: by Miuccia Prada", the hexagon is used as the floor featuring Prada-designed skirts. The versatility of Prada skirts is presented by utilizing all of the four shapes....
Runway Report: Prada Gets Colorful For Summer - TheInsider.com
Surley the economy isn't getting to Miuccia Prada, as her Resort collection sure does not reflect it. With her sharp contrasts her Summer shows, pretty draped-back dresses in camel color-blocked with pastels; cheeky scarf-print bikini briefs with ties...
Reality Check — or Last Resort? - New York Times
This week, Donatella Versace and Alber Elbaz of Lanvin will take their respective Resort collections to New York, where Christopher Bailey of Burberry and Miuccia Prada — along with most American designers — have already made their offerings to buyers...
Sheer faith and blind optimism - Financial Times
The week before, Oscar de la Renta went on a whirlwind tour of the French Riviera via flippy navy, white, and grey bouclé dresses mixed in with silk kaftans, while Miuccia Prada combined 1960s silhouettes with blousons in sunset colours and William...

Miuccia Prada

Miuccia Bianchi Prada (born Maria Bianchi 10 May 1949, in Milan) is an Italian fashion designer (Prada, Miu Miu) and entrepreneur. She also has a Ph.D. in Political Science.

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Sasha Pivovarova

Sasha Pivovarova

Sasha Pivovarova (Russian: Саша Пивоварова, born January 21, 1985) is a Russian model and artist.

Born in Moscow, Russia, Pivovarova never dreamed of becoming a model until a friend and photographer, Igor Vishnyakov, took photos of her. He gave the photos to international modeling agency IMG and her career took off. Before this, she was studying art history at Russian University for the Humanities .

Soon after she signed with IMG in 2005, she walked for Prada and followed this with a campaign for the company. She made fashion history by being the face of Prada for six consecutive seasons. In July 2007 Prada released a new fragrance Infusion d'Iris, the print advertising campaign features smoky-eyed Sasha wearing leather gloves. As of 2009, she has appeared in nine Prada ads and ranked 2nd on the Top 50 Models Women list by models.com, sharing the spot with Natasha Poly.

In the May 2007 issue of American Vogue she was featured on the cover with Doutzen Kroes, Caroline Trentini, Raquel Zimmermann, Jessica Stam, Agyness Deyn, Coco Rocha, Hilary Rhoda, Chanel Iman, and Lily Donaldson as the new crop of supermodels. In her interview, she talked about her love for art and reading. Her current project was reading the book War and Peace. In August and September 2007, she was on another two covers of Vogue, Russian Vogue and British Vogue, back to back. Recently Sasha has appeared in the 2008 Pirelli Calendar and in the May 2008 issue of Australian Vogue.

Pivovarova's three-year campaign contract with Prada expired after the Spring/Summer 2008 campaign season. Pivovarova was noticeably absent from the runway shows during the Fall/Winter 08 runway season due to illness, appearing in only one show during New York Fashion Week. However, she returned to the runways on the final day of Paris Fashion Week to close the Miu Miu runway show as an exclusive.

When asked what her favorite part of the job is, she said the photo shoots and traveling. She told CNN in an interview, that she gets to meet people and see places that she would never be able to meet or see, if it had not been for modeling. She is known for her horse-like walk, muscular body, small pupils and dark undereyes, and feline like features. Also her height, natural appearance, and goofy/fun personality backstage and serious personality on the runway.

She is currently working with Dhani Harrison, son of late George Harrison. Sasha and Harrison are recreating fashions of The Beatles era in the line "Here Comes the Son".

Her agencies are: Unique Models in Denmark, IMG Models in New York City, and Donna Models in Tokyo.

Before she was a model, she was an art student in Moscow. Her current home in Brooklyn, New York doubles as an art studio (in a recent issue of American Vogue magazine, they photographed Sasha's Brooklyn loft). Pivovorova said in a Teen Vogue interview, "I was playing with pencils while the other girls were playing with dolls." In her free time, Pivovarova loves to paint and draw. Her paintings were shown in a gallery in Paris. French Vogue also published some of Sasha's works. She often is seen with stencils, paints, and other art tools in her bag and is usually photographed backstage drawing something. She said in an interview with CNN, that she uses anything as a canvas; hotel papers, casting and that days itinerary papers, and anything she can find basically. Recently, Sasha was married to husband and long-time friend, the photographer Igor Vishnyakov. He calls Sasha his "best friend" and said in an interview that "she still is the same shy person, as when I first met her". On May 7, 2008 Sasha attended the very exclusive Costume Institute Gala in Emanuel Ungaro, which was held at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is currently in collaboration with Miuccia Prada to produce a book in the upcoming year of her own artwork. It will be in the form of a scrapbook and include drawings, photography, and collages. She might also be illustrating a children's book for Karl Lagerfeld.

Interviewer from Interview magazine: "You were one of the first models I remember to capture the militant but alluring 'death stare' that so many others others now emulate. Did it come naturally to you?" Sasha: "I just walk how I walk. But I am also really inspired by the physical drama in silent films from the beginning of the 20th century—it's ice cold and unreachable, like the stare of a sniper! I guess this look is something new that I brought into the world of fashion: a dark and dramatic, 19th century Russian literature and drama inspired look. But in a real life I am very positive and smile most of the time .

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Eddie Klint

Eddie Klint is a male model who was the muse of fashion house Prada for several seasons and is currently the 9th top male model on models.com's list of the Top 50 male models (July 2008).

He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark on December 5, 1986. Before entering the world of modeling in 2005, he was training to become a chef, as well as participating in Parkour (the French urban sport involving high ledges and steep walls).

Klint is also represented by FM AGENCY (London) who are said to be the key link in the Prada campaign. Miuccia Prada personally chose Klint to be the face of her long-awaited signature male fragrance. His agency recently said that he will continue to be the face of Prada and has already shot his second season with renowned Italian photographer Steven Meisel. Although Klint is known best for his work with Prada and Miu Miu, he has also modeled for Louis Vuitton, D squared, Burberry, Jil Sander, J. Lindberg and many other brands. For the fall/winter season of 2007/08 he participated in a D&G campaign.

Klint said recently in an interview with a Danish television show that he still lives with his mother in Copenhagen. He was featured in a trilogy of fashion films by designer Mads Nørgaard, along with fellow Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen. He is good friends with fellow model Sean O'Pry.

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Steve Mackey

Steve Mackey (born Stephen Patrick Mackey, 10th November 1966) is a British musician and record producer, best known for playing bass guitar in the band Pulp.

Mackey was born in in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. In his early years he attended Hucklow Primary School with friend Richard Hawley. They would later play together as members of Pulp. He studied at Hinde House Comprehensive in Sheffield before moving to London in 1988 to pursue an interest in filmaking. He graduated from London's Royal College of Art, in 1992, MA Film.

Joining Pulp in 1988, he played on Separations, released on Fire Records. He continued to write, record and tour with the band as they found success in the 1990s. He performed on all subsequent albums recorded including Intro, His 'n' Hers, Different Class, This Is Hardcore and We Love Life.

Forming a songwriting / production partnership with Ross Orton (known as Cavemen) he met Maya Arulpragasam (M.I.A.) and co-wrote and produced "Galang" and "Sunshowers" which led to MIA securing a deal with Interscope Records and releasing "Arular". They worked together again on "Bird Flu" from her subsequent album Kala. Mackey and Orton continued to produce and remix for artists including Kelis, Arcade Fire, Cornershop, The Kills and The Horrors. Mackey also produced The Long Blondes debut album Someone to Drive you Home and the first release of Florence and the Machine, "Kiss With a Fist". During this period he continued to record and tour with Jarvis Cocker in 2006 for his debut solo album for Rough Trade Records (Jarvis) and in 2008 began work on the follow up release.

In 2005 Mackey played a cameo role as one of The Weird Sisters, rock band in the film of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. The fictitious group also featured Johnny Greenwood and Phil Selway of Radiohead and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker. In 2006, Mackey and Cocker curated an acclaimed 2 CD Compilation called The Trip featuring music from various eras including Moondog, Carl Orff, The Birthday Party, The Fall and the theme to Radio 4's Shipping Forecast. Mackey co-curated the music program of London's annual Frieze International Art Fair from 2003 to 2008 which included performances from Karlheinz Stockhausen, Sunn O))), Glenn Branca, and Rodney Graham. Working together with his girlfriend Katie Grand he also collaborated during this period on many fashion related projects with designers including Miuccia Prada and Marc Jacobs.

He lives in London with his son, Marley (born 1996) and girlfriend, Katie Grand.

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The Prada boutique at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy.

Prada, S.p.A. is an Italian fashion label specializing in luxury goods for men and women (ready-to-wear, leather accessories, shoes, and luggage). Prada is considered one of the most influential clothing designers in the fashion industry. The label is synonymous with opulence and quality, and is widely regarded as a status symbol. Like numerous other luxury brands, Prada battles against counterfeiting and ensures authenticity only from its official boutiques (found globally) and online store.

First opened as a leathergoods shop in Milan in 1913, the Prada label was taken in by designer Miuccia Prada in 1989 and transformed into the luxury goods, fashion house recognized today.

The company was begun as Fratelli Prada ( English: Prada Brothers ) by Mario Prada in 1913 as a leathergoods shop in Milan, Italy. Not only was his shop a purveyor of leathergoods, but also sold imported English steamer trunks and handbags. Fratelli Prada gained great reputation. Mario Prada did not believe in women interaction within business, and so he prevented female family members from entering into his workshop. After his death in the mid-1950s, Mario's son harbored no interest in the business. So ironically, it was Mario's daughter-in-law who took the helm of Prada, and maintained it for almost twenty years. Her own daughter, Miuccia Prada, joined the company in 1970. Miuccia began making waterproof backbacks out of Pocone. She met Patrizio Bertelli in 1977, an Italian who had begun his own leathergoods business at the age of 17, and he joined the company soon on. He greatly advised Miuccia -- and she readily followed the advice -- on better decisions for the Prada company. It was his advice to discontinue importing English goods and to begin to revolutionize the oldfashioned luggage styles.

Miuccia inherited the company in 1978 by which time sales were up to $450,000 USD. With Bertelli alongside her as business manager, Miuccia was allowed time to implement for total mind onto design. She would go on to incorporate her ideas into the House of Prada that would transform it into a label of renown. She released her first set of backpacks and totes in 1979. They were made out of a tough military spec black nylon that her grandfather had used as coverings for his steamer trunks. Initial success was not instant, as they were hard to sell due to the lack of advertising and high-prices, but the lines would go on to become her first commercial hit. Next, Miuccia and Bertelli sought out wholesale accounts for the bags in upscale department stores and boutiques worldwide. In 1983, Prada opened a second boutique in Millan reminiscent to the original shop, but with a sleek and modern contrast to it. It was opened in the historic and upscale shopping district of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

For 1990, sales were reported at L 70 billion, or $31.7 million USD. Partrizio di Marco became in charge of growing business in the United States after working for the House in Asia. He was successful in having the Prada bags prominently displayed in department stores, and, so, they became a hit with fashion editors. Prada's continued success was attributed to its "working-class" theme that Ginia Bellafante in the New York Times Magazine proclaimed, "was becoming chic in the high-tech, IPO-driven early 1990s." Furthermore, now husband and wife, Miuccia and Bertelli led the Prada lable on a very cautious expansion, making products hard to come by. In 1992, the clothing brand Miu Miu was launched. It was named after Miuccia's nickname, and catered for more younger consumer base by offering apparel constructed out of "tacky synthetic fabrics". By 1993 Prada was awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America award for accessories.

Men's ready-to-wear collections were launched in the middle of the decade as well. By 1994, sales were at ▲ $210 million USD, with clothing sales making up for 20% (expected to double in 1995). Prada won another award from the CFDA, this time in 1995 as "Designer of the Year." 1996 witnessed the opening of the 18,000ft2 Prada boutique in Manhattan, New York, the largest in the chain at the time. By now the House of Prada operated 40 locations worldwide, 20 of which were prominently located in Japan. As for manufacturing, the company owned eight factories and subcontracted work from 84 other manufacturers in Italy. Miuccia's Prada and Bertelli company were merged together to create Prapar B.V. in 1996. The name, however, was later changed to Prada B.V. and Patrizio Bertelli was named Chief Executive Officer of the Prada luxury company.

Nevertheless, Prada was determined to become a leading holder of a portfolio of Luxury brands similar to the Gucci group and LVMH. 51 % of Helmut Lang's New-York-based company were purchased for $40 million USD (Lang's company was worth about $100 million USD) in March 1999. Months later, $105 million USD were paid by Prada to have full control of Jil Sander A.G., a German-based company with annual revenue of $100 million USD. The purchase gained Prada a foothold in Germany, and months later Jil Sander resigned as chairwoman for her namesake company. Church & Company (an English brand of quality shoemaking) also befell unto Prada, when Prada bought 83% of the company at $170 million USD. A joint venture between Prada and the De Rigo group was also formed that year for the manufacturing of Prada eyewear. In October 1999, Prada joined forces with LVMH to purchase together a 51% stake in the Rome-based luxury company of Fendi S.p.A. They did this to out beat Gucci, who had also wanted to purchase that share. Prada's half of that purchase (25.5%) was worth $241.5 million USD out of the reported $520 million USD total paid by both Prada and LVMH. However, Fendi was ailing and Prada took in debts as a result.

The past inquisitions truly rose Prada to the high ranks of European luxury goods groups. Revenue tripled from that of 1996, to ▲ L 2 trillion. Despite apparent success, the company was in debt.

It suspended to merging and purchasing in 2000s, however, a loose agreement was signed in with Azzedine Alaia. Personal skin care products were introduced in the United States in October 2000 (a 30-day supply of cleansing lotion going for the retail price of $100 USD). To help pay off debts of over $850 million USD, the company planned on offering 30% of the company on the Milan Stock Exchange to the public on June 2001. However, the offering was slowed down after a decline in luxury goods spending in the United States and Japan. In 2001, under the pressure of his bankers, Bertelli also sold all of Prada's 25.5% share in Fendi to LVMH to help reduce Prada's debt. He raised only $295 million USD.

By 2006, the Helmut Lang, Amy Fairclough and Jil Sander labels were sold. Jil Sander was sold to the private equity firm Change Capital Partners, which is headed by Luc Vandevelde, the chairman of Carrefour, while the Helmut Lang label is now owned by Japanese fashion company Link Theory. Prada is still recovering from the Fendi debt. More recently, a 45% stake of the Church & Company brand has been sold to Equinox.

Fortune states that Betelli plans on increasing revenue for the House of Prada to $5 billion USD by 2010.

Prada, along with fellow fashion houses Calvin Klein and Gucci, is known for its practice of casting new models to walk exclusively in their runway shows. Usually, one of the models chosen as an exclusive will be selected to open the Prada show. An exclusive or opening spot in a Prada show is among the most coveted bookings in the modeling world, since it usually leads to greater success in future seasons, as well as in the campaign/editorial field. Previous Prada exclusives and openers who have gone on to enjoy success in the fashion world include Daria Werbowy, Gemma Ward, Suvi Koponen and Sasha Pivovarova, who went on to appear in Prada's ad campaigns for six consecutive seasons after opening the Prada Fall 2005 runway show.

Prada has commissioned architects, most notably Rem Koolhaas and Herzog & de Meuron, to design flagship stores in various locations. A duplex megastore will be opened in Kuala Lumpur this year.

In May 2007, Prada joined forces with cell phone maker LG Electronics to create the LG Prada (KE850) phone. It retails for $800. This phone has yet to be released in North America.

In 2009 the second generation of the LG Prada phone (KF900) was launched in Europe. Having 3G capability the phone is vastly more advanced that its predecessor. The phone features a new sliding QWERTY keyboard which adds to the dimensions of the phone making it bulkier, but very functional. The phone also works with the new Prada Link watch which users can view text messages on via a bluetooth connection to their phone.

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Marla Boehr

Marla Boehr (born July 5, 1981) is a Canadian fashion model from Lethbridge, Alberta. She was persuaded to enter the Mode Models 2003 model search when she attended the Calgary Stampede.

Her agencies include IMG, Mega Model Agency, View, Giovanni, Why Not, and Mode Models Int.

She has appeared on the covers of ELLE and Flare. Her modelling campaigns include work for Asprey, Lancôme, Lida Baday, Tristan, and Warehouse. Boehr is 175 - 180 cm. (5'10") in height. In March 2005 she was booked by Miuccia Prada to walk exclusively for Prada/Miu Miu in Milan, Italy.

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Miu Miu

Miu Miu is positioned as the daily-oriented, more affordable clothing line from the Prada fashion house, opened in 1992 and headed by Miuccia Prada. The name of the collection is taken from Miuccia Prada's nickname.

The line is known for its clean and stylish designs, use of fine materials, and affordable prices (compared with Prada) pret a porter.

American actress Katie Holmes has been confirmed as the newest face of the spring/summer 09 campaign.] French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis is the current face of Miu Miu, replacing Kirsten Dunst in 2008. Previous faces include model Laetitia Casta, actress/singer Lindsay Lohan, and Chinese actress Zhou Xun.

There are Miu Miu boutiques situated in New York, Los Angeles, London, Florence, Milan, Tokyo, Nagoya, Kobe, Fukuoka, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong,boston and Taipei. Miu Miu has plans to open up another United States boutique in Hawaii]] and South Coast Plaza.

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Hye Rim Park

Hye Rim Park (born January 17, 1985, in Seoul) is a Korean-American model currently signed with Trump Model Management (New York), Take 2 Models (London), Why Not Models (Milan) and Viva Model Management (Paris). Hye made her runway debut during the Fall/Winter 2005 season.

Her big break came in early 2005 when Steven Meisel shot her for Italian Vogue prior to the fall 2005 shows. After the shoot, she went to walk for major shows including Marc Jacobs and Anna Sui in New York. Her real big break, however, came when Miuccia Prada and Russell Marsh cast her in the Prada and Miu Miu shows during Milan fashion week. She became the first non-caucasian model since Naomi Campbell in 1997 to walk the show, and just the second female Asian model to walk for Prada. Prada is one of the most influential runway shows to book for an upcoming model. The Prada/Miu Miu bookings led to a flurry of bookings in Paris (Balenciaga, Chloe, Lanvin, Rochas).

Hye has appeared on the catwalk for designers such as Christian Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Max Azria, Alexander McQueen, and Burberry.

Hye has also collaborated with famous photographers like Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, Steven Klein, Annie Leibovitz, Patrick Demarchelier, Arthur Elgort, Craig McDean, David Sims, Mario Sorrenti, Ellen von Unwerth, Mikael Jannsen, Greg Kadel, Laurie Bartley, Nathaniel Goldberg, Terry Tsiolis, and many more.

She has been in editorials for many magazines, including Vogue (American, French, Italian, Chinese and Korean editions), Flair, Numero, Allure, New York Times, Pop, Harper's Baazar, and others. She posed for international campaigns for Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, D&G, H&M, M.A.C. Cosmetics, GAP, Le Printemps, Marc Jacobs, Cesare Paciotti, Tiffany & Co, MaxMara, Saks Fifth Ave, Plastic Island and Love, Sex, Money. She has also been the face of Korean brands H&T (Hangten) and KeraSys.

Hye was born in Seoul, South Korea, but immigrated to Salt Lake City, Utah when she was a young teen. She was discovered at an open casting call while attending the University of Utah in 2004 As one of the few Asian models on the international high fashion scene, Park's debut in Fall 2005 was strong - Vogue magazine named her one of the top 10 models. According to Xinhua News, Park's rise on the fashion scene - along with other East Asian supermodels Du Juan and Anne Watanabe - coincides with the renewed Western interest in Asia.

In June 2008, she married her boyfriend of three years.

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