The front row of the Dior Paris Fashion Week show was packed with the rich and famous on Friday as Dior’s new CEO and billionaire Delphine Arnault joined her rich friends to watch the runway presentation, assuming the role. This is their first episode since.
The fashion guru is the heiress of the world’s richest man, Bernard Arnault, who boasts a fortune of £145 billion and is the founder of LVMH. While Delphine hasn’t reached her father’s level of financial independence she still has a respectable £5 million worth.
Among the businesswomen were David Beckham, who has a net worth of £363 million, Eddie Redmayne, who has £12 million, and Robert Pattinson, with £80 million.
£145.5 billion FROW! New Dior CEO Delphine Arnault – daughter of the world’s richest man Bernard – joined her very rich friends at her first show during Paris Fashion Week on Friday (L-R: Hannah Redmayne, Eddie Redmayne, Karlie Kloss, Cruz Beckham , David Beckham, Delphine, Robert Pattinson and Gwendoline Christie).
Delphine, 47, caught the eye in a red jacket and black trousers as she sat between David, 47, and Eddie, 41.
Actors dressed in brown suits Joined by his publicist wife Hannah, 40, who put on a chic display in a black blazer and jeans. Karlie Kloss, 30, cut a beautiful figure in a cream blazer suit.
To his right Cruise Beckham, 17, cut a chic figure in a gray suit, coordinating with his father David, while Gwendoline Christie, 44, went for a plaid suit.
Robert – who are featured in Dior’s latest ad campaign. – donned a faux fur jacket and navy tweed skirt. She may not be sitting alongside Delphine and her pals, but Naomi Campbell put on a show-stopping display in a gray coat.
Paris Men’s Fashion Week takes place every January with luxury brands such as Dior, Gucci and Hermes showcasing their latest collections.
Delphine, the new boss of Christian Dior, is hardly a stranger to the French luxury fashion house she will now run.
Stars: Cruise Beckham, 17, cuts a chic figure in a gray suit, keeping pace with his dad David (both right).
The couple: Looking suave in a brown suit, Eddie, 41, coordinated with his publicist wife Hannah, 40, who put on a chic display in a black blazer and jeans, while Karlie Kloss, 30, rocked a cream blazer suit. I cut a beautiful figure.
For the heiress, whose promotion was announced last week, the bus happens to be the owner’s daughter.
Bernard Arnault is the richest man in the world with a fortune of £147 billion. He is the co-founder and chairman of the LVMH conglomerate which owns the Louis Vuitton, Moet and Hennessy brands as well as Dior.
Mr Arnault has appointed Delphine, the eldest of his five children, as his heir as he consolidates the family’s grip on the £345bn luxury goods empire.
Stylish: Robert (centre) – who features in Dior’s latest ad campaign – wears a faux fur jacket and navy tweed skirt.
Chic: She may not have been sitting alongside Delphine and her pals, but Naomi Campbell (right) put on a show-stopping display in a gray coat
Star-studded: Paris Men’s Fashion Week takes place every January with luxury brands including Dior, Gucci and Hermes showcasing their latest collections (L-R: Hannah, Gwendoline, Eddie and Naomi)
A-list: Hannah, Gwendoline, Eddie and Naomi put their best fashion forward
However, the man dubbed ‘The Wolf in Kashmir’ for his ruthless style has signaled he has no intention of stepping down any time soon – the group recently increased its age limit for chief executives. It has been increased from 75 to 80.
All of its children have important roles in the firm’s brands.
Mother-of-two Ms Arnault, who starts her new role on February 1, has been executive vice president of Louis Vuitton since 2013 and was previously managing director of Dior.
A highly respected, serious, and extremely hardworking businesswoman, Delphine holds graduate degrees from EDHEC Business School in Lille and the London School of Economics, where she was head of student organizations.
He grew up mostly in Lille, but spent three years in America when his family moved to New York.
She got her first Louis Vuitton bag, a Brown No handbag, on her 18th birthday.
Her career began in the late 1990s at the consultancy firm McKinsey, where she worked for two years, before moving to Dior in 2000.
She previously explained how the world of fashion was a natural fit for her, telling W magazine: ‘I’m lucky that it’s about fashion and perfume and cosmetics.
‘If my father owned a tire company, I don’t know what I would have done.’
He was credited with keeping the brand afloat in 2011 after the widely publicized revelations of an anti-Semitic rant in Paris by its British creative director, John Galliano, which led to his dismissal.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Ms Arnault described her management style as ‘quite calm’.
But she added: ‘I’m very competitive. On everything. I like competition, it’s fun.’
And in 2014, he established the prestigious LVMH Young Fashion Designer Award.
According to a W Magazine profile of the businesswoman, ‘it can be hard to know what she’s thinking’ but she is ‘polite and cheerful.’
In the meantime she has been unusually low-key about her private life, rarely giving interviews and often avoiding personal topics when she does.
Her first marriage was in 2005, when she married Alessandro Villarino Gancia, heir to an Italian wine family.
Smart: Cruise, 17, opted for a more casual look with an oversized gray blazer and trousers which she teamed with a white shirt.
Smart: Eddie made sure to look suave with his getup
Paul’s: Eddie (right) befriended Robert (left) at the event.
Happy: Glowing actors appear to be in high spirits.
HAPPY: Hannah, Gwendolyn and Eddie (LR) looked so happy to be there
Her wedding was an important event for the French aristocracy and was named the wedding of the year by Harper’s Bazaar magazine.
She wore a gown designed for her by Galliano that took 1,300 hours to make.
The couple divorced five years later and is now in a relationship with French billionaire Xavier Neill.
Xavier, who is almost a decade older than his partner, co-owns Le Monde newspaper and is the 21st richest person in France with an estimated fortune of €8 billion.
The details: Cruise also donned quirky shades as she hit the red carpet with dad David.
In 2013 it spent £41 million on a free coding school in Paris, as well as around £250 million on Station F, the world’s largest start-up laboratory with 1,000 start-up companies.
And in 2020, he admitted that he was a teenage spy who hacked President Mitterrand’s mobile phone.
He has been described by many as the ‘French Steve Jobs’.
Ms Arnault, a deeply private person who dislikes media intrusion, gave birth to daughter Alyssa in August 2012 and son Joseph in September 2016.
She told Fashion Network that she tries her best to balance her career with motherhood.
She explained: ‘Whenever I have free time, I spend a lot of time with my family. It’s that simple, it’s essential.’
He previously told the FT: ‘I’m quite sensible. I think I will concentrate on my work. So, I only speak when I have something to say. ‘Live in hiding, and be happy’.
She is also said to enjoy a close relationship with her father and is a talented pianist, having played between the ages of five and 20.
Meanwhile, he has a passion for art, and is quietly amassing his own collection.
She told FashionNetwork.com that she appreciates being born into the Arnault family, adding: ‘I have a great opportunity to work for this group. It’s very exciting.
‘I started my career at Dior, where I worked with Sidney Toledano for 12 years. Now I work chez Vuitton.
‘I think I’m very lucky to have known this universe from a very young age and to have had a lot of faith in me from my father.’
And while Arnault keeps a low profile on social media, her siblings are active on Instagram, offering glimpses into the family’s lavish lifestyle.
Delphine and her father are regularly photographed with the likes of Rihanna, whose company Fenty was founded under the LVMH umbrella, and Paul McCartney.
The family has celebrity friends; Tennis fanatic Bernard and his sons are often pictured training with Roger Federer and in other pictures they mingle with Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour and Pharrell Williams.
As would be expected, the Jetset family has a large property portfolio and divides their time between many distinct neighborhoods around the world.
According to Bloomberg, Arnault’s father’s primary residence in Paris, a 17th-century mansion, is filled with the world’s finest art, including works by Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, and Pablo Picasso.
He also owns two chateaus in France and another mansion in St. Tropez.
In 2000, Arnault bought a large estate, Nyn Park, 30 kilometers north of London, and built a 4,300 square meter house.
He also bought a 54-hectare island in the Bahamas, worth $35 million, an apartment in Brussels and more than 25 wineries around the world.
Announcing Ms Arnault’s promotion yesterday, her father, who founded LVMH in 1987 and overtook Elon Musk to become the world’s richest man last year, said: ‘Under his leadership , the desirability of Louis Vuitton’s products grew significantly, enabling the brand to Set new sales records regularly.
‘His deep insight and unparalleled experience will be a decisive asset in driving Christian Dior’s ongoing growth.’
Delphine Arnault, daughter of Christian Dior owner Bernard Arnault, is the new boss of the French luxury fashion house.
Ms Arnault is also a member of LVMH’s Board of Directors and its Executive Committee.
LVMH has another connection to a fashion boss with a mega-rich dad – Sir Paul McCartney’s daughter Stella. The designer has collaborated with the brand on a luxury fashion and skincare range.
It is not uncommon for leaders to give sticks to family members.
Last year Marta Ortega Pérez took over from her father Amancio Ortega, Spain’s richest man, as chairman of the world’s biggest fashion group Inditex, which owns Zara, Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear and Stradivarius. . He started at the age of 22 as a sales associate at Zara on the King’s Road in London.
Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group, which includes Sports Direct and House of Fraser, appointed his son-in-law Michael Murray as chief executive last May.
Ms Arnault (pictured with her father in 1992) was credited with keeping the brand afloat in 2011 after its British creative director John Galliano’s widespread revelations of anti-Semitism in Paris led to his Dismissed.
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