(Above, Britain’s Prince William leaves the King Edward VII hospital with his wife and mother-to-be Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, London December 6, 2012.)
This week in luxury focused mainly on people rather than brands. First of all, Chinese designer Alexander Wang was tapped as creative director for Balenciaga, a surprising choice for the French fashion brand. However, if Balenciaga wants to take the brand in a new direction skewing younger, this is the way to go.
Meanwhile, the Web is blowing up about the United States’ suggestion of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour to serve as a U.S. ambassador to Britain or France. Numerous sources are noting that Ms. Wintour was one of the President’s highest-profile fundraisers, hosting multiple events and designing a fashion line that benefitted his re-election campaign.
The Palace announced this week that the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge are expecting of their first child. This news will, without a doubt, be precursor to a flurry of “how to wear a baby bump” features and designer maternity lines thrust into the spotlight as they compete to be worn by one of the most famous moms-to-be. Good luck, Kate!
In less-circulated news, Lincoln is undergoing a massive rebranding to position itself as a luxury automaker. Steps include a renaming – from Lincoln Motors to Lincoln Motor Co. – a new campaign, Super Bowl commercials and the debut of its ultra-luxurious MKZ, the vehicle that it hopes will put Lincoln back in the ring as a high-end carmaker.