Paris Fashion Week has never been the easiest of cities for young hopefuls, though that lacuna underwent a major shift on Monday, when the Master's students of the Institut Français de la Mode opened the runway season.
Instead of leading in fashion education, Paris has historically dawdled behind its greatest rivals. Though that seems very likely to change, and quickly, thanks to a major new project launched in Paris with the IFM.
The former boss of Condé Nast France will take charge of the French Fashion Institute from August, succeeding Dominique Jacomet, who headed it for 12 years. Sylvie Ebel remains as deputy general manager.
Outgoing Conde Nast executive Xavier Romatet said he was not involved with Groupe Marie Claire or talks with industry peers to form a new entity after Groupe Marie Claire withdrew from the talks last month.
The media group has announced that the former head of Elle Japan will join the company on May 7. Yves Bougon has been CEO of Hearst Fujingaho in Tokyo since 2011 and will take over at Condé Nast from Xavier Romatet.
Xavier Romatet, in the process of leaving Conde Nast International, has already been negotiating with unions at Groupe Marie Claire in recent weeks on a restructuring of the French media group, sources have said.
The key to winning a loyal following in the new generation of Millennials – the key target market for all fashion houses - is emotion, insists François Henri Pinault, CEO of French luxury conglomerate Kering Group.