FASHIONING ETHICS: While all eyes at PPR last week were fixed on the likes of Yves Saint Laurent and Stella McCartney, this week the group will be nurturing some newer names. PPR is once again sponsoring Ethical Fashion Show, which enters its fourth edition in Paris from Thursday through Sunday. PPR's catalogue retailer La Redoute will award a prize called "Tackling Ethical Fashion With La Redoute." During the four-day event, the jury, including PPR's sustainable development officer, Virginia Alvarez Izquierdo, will browse collections by 100 international designers — ranging from couture to ready-to-wear, sportswear to kids' wear, plus accessories, shoes and jewelry. The winning designer will create an exclusive collection for La Redoute to bow in October next year.
WATCH OUT: Manish Arora looks set to have some time on his hands following his Paris Fashion Week debut. The Indian designer revealed he's working on a design for Swatch, to be released this spring. Arora also confirmed he's been approached by bigwig producer Bobby Bedi to design the costumes for an upcoming Bollywood epic.
TAKE A SEAT: Kenzo is the latest European brand to give fashionable folks somewhere to park their designer-clad bottoms. The French house signed a license with Club House Italia for a line of luxury furniture, due to launch in January. Kenzo already has licenses for tableware, linens and home textiles.