On the Runway Blog: Yves Carcelle’s Legacy

After his death yesterday, Yves Carcelle, the longtime chief executive of Louis Vuitton, is being remembered for his approach to both his brand and his professional relationships.

Yves Carcelle, Executive Who Made Louis Vuitton a Status Symbol, Dies at 66

Mr. Carcelle, who led the Louis Vuitton brand and later ran LVMH’s fashion division, was the main architect of an expansion into Asia and other international markets.

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8 Scientifically-Backed Ways To Feel More Confident (Even When You’re Not)

Confidence: Highly coveted, yet often elusive. We dedicate time and energy to cultivating the feeling so we can tap into it when we need it most: at work, in business meetings, on dates, during tough conversations. Fortunately, there are a few science-backed tricks to get us there (even when we totally don't feel it).

If you're feeling less-than-stellar, these simple, actionable tips will help you fake it 'til you make it:

For starters, stand tall.
standing tall

Tall, correct posture is the hallmark outer sign of confidence -- and research shows standing up straight will help you feel it on the inside, too. A study published in the journal Psychological Science showed that a tall, expansive posture helps you act and feel more powerful than more drawn-in stances. As social psychologist and body language researcher Amy Cuddy explains in her TED Talk, your posture can also increase confidence-boosting testosterone in the body and be a potential indicator of success.

Dig out that old rap album.
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Getting ready to request a raise or ask someone out on a date? Just press "play." Researchers from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University found that listening to bass-heavy tunes may have the power to make you feel more confident.

Recall a time you were powerful.
wedding speech

Making everyone laugh in your best man speech, nailing that job interview, publishing a well-written piece -- whatever it is, those small moments of confidence can make an impact when you're not feeling your best. According to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, channeling a moment when you were genuinely captivating can make you feel (and as a result, act) more confidently. Reviewing your credentials and accomplishments by looking at your resume also may do the trick, TIME reported.

Indulge in your morning ritual.
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Those first few seconds when you put yourself together in the morning aren't just crucial for starting your day -- they can bring a surge of self-confidence, too. And while the whole concept may seem more vain than valuable, there's still something to be said for that grooming ritual if you turn it into a mindfulness opportunity (find the simple way to do it here). More confidence and calming thought awareness? We'll take it.

In that same vein, choose your outfits wisely.
business woman

Chances are you've heard the old adage to "dress for success" -- and there's a reason these cliches have longevity. Studies suggest that what you're wearing can have a direct effect on how secure and powerful you feel. Researchers from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University found in an experiment that those who wore white doctor coats (in other words, a piece of clothing associated with a certain quality -- in this case, care and intelligence) performed better on the experiment's administered test than those who did not.

Channel your favorite celeb.
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Often we think of Hollywood stars like George Clooney, Lupita Nyong'o and Jennifer Lawrence as people who make us feel inadequate (That hair! Those eyes! That smile!), but this exercise can actually help do the opposite. A study published in the journal Personal Relationships found that when people with waning self-esteem wrote down positive qualities they see in their favorite same-sex celebrities and themselves, they felt much more compelled to become their best self. Besides, it takes a special (and awesome) kind of person to have J. Law's sense of humor or George Clooney's collected demeanor.

Stretch those muscles.

Sometimes all it takes is a good, lengthening stretch to feel like your happiest self. Stretching your muscles can lead to good posture, better blood flow and ultimately more confidence, SELF magazine reported. Not to mention certain stretches can help calm you down. Time to lift those hands up in the air. Ahhh.

Brush up on your Spanish.
adult learning

Learning a new language or sharpening other cognitive skills (re-learning algebra or taking up an art class, anyone?) can boost your life satisfaction in a similar way to a pay raise, according to a study published by the UK's Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. If you need us, we'll be over here practicing our conjugations.

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What I Learned About ‘Legacy’ After Losing My Grandmother

There's this song I know from when I was little called "By the Beautiful Sea." I haven't thought about it in a long time, not until this past week when I was jumping a wave in the Atlantic Ocean and noticed the keen absence of my grandmother, who died a little over a year ago.

I have a big family, and right after she passed we were all like cookies fresh out of the oven: supposedly ready, but soft, and vulnerable, and easily squished. The first few months saw us gathering and stretching ourselves to patch up the holes formed by what she used to do for us, how she used to make us feel. There was the question of what to do with the now-free hour on Thursdays, the task of sorting through her profound amount of stuff, the logistics of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Independence Day. Then there were the deeper matters of who would lead us, reassure us, comfort us, chide us, amuse us, care for us, bind us. Who would remind us who we are?

After the initial shock and scramble, I found myself inside a strange split-screen, one in which my daily life continued uninterrupted by her death while I watched my mom ship home to Boston to be near her brothers and sisters and deal with my grandma's estate. As my mother waded through the accumulation of 83 years, I integrated a handful of my grandmother's belongings into my own life: the photograph of us that she had kept in her mirror, two random costume necklaces I took the day of her funeral because I was grieving and entitled, a pink glass chicken she used to keep candy, and a perennially empty perfume dabber. For six months, I arranged and rearranged these artifacts, idly contemplating the word "legacy" one minute, irrationally angry there was no one to exclaim over my terrific pink nail polish the next.

Now, a full year later, we are like toddlers who have just learned to get through a meal in nice clothes. It's still a bit awkward and uncomfortable; we tug at the collars of our new reality, try to kick off the shoes. But on the whole, the outfit stays on. We're adjusting to getting by without her. At a year, time has untangled our loss and our sadness hangs easier, weighed less by our own knots than by talismans of plain remembrance.

Like that song, "By the Beautiful Sea." I've known it by heart since before I can remember, and it's coming back to me now as I splash in the ocean. Over and under, I feel the same weightlessness I felt as a girl of 3 with a guiding hand under my arm or 9, a watchful eye nearby on shore. I lean back in the salty foam and delight as a wave scoops my feet skyward.

To love a pretty monster like a beach isn't linear like a light switch, but exponential, a glowing bell curve created by the interactivity of many tricks and nuances you learn as you go. My Grandma had 100 ways of loving the beach and she taught me all of them. She knew the names of boats and shells and birds. She knew the right way to wear both a sunbonnet and a bathing cap. She knew how to build a bucket sandcastle without it crumbling. She knew how to take a nap in a hammock, and she knew to keep a bin full of water by the door for the sandy feet. She knew when to expect sunrise and sunset, low tide and high tide, the full moon and the new moon. She knew when to be afraid of the ocean and when to play in it.

And she knew that song, "By the Beautiful Sea." I hum through it and feel okay until I get to the end, and then I stop because I can hear her voice and see her face more distinctly than I have in months. My breath sharpens, and I realize it's not actually the distance from her that's making me sad but how momentarily close she feels.

It's hard to imagine that all of her 22 grandchildren could feel they had a special bond with her, but I think most of us do. As saccharine as it sounds, my relationship with her was basically idyllic until the bitter end. I think our pink love bubble was preserved in part because the grandmother-granddaughter space allows for that kind of total absolution, a bit because we lived so far apart that the bubble was never tested by the annoyances of day-to-day life, but also because we just did have one of those singular connections that comes as fully formed as a song; at once finite and eternal, of a substance that doesn't alter whether you experienced it once or a thousand times.

As as I float with an eye on the horizon, the sun melts into a rosy strip and a glowing bell begins to shape around the photograph in the mirror, the two junk necklaces, the glass hen, the perfume dropper, our love of pink, and tendency to Russian doll our stories, and run late... how brave she had to be, how much she had to invent, the number of times she emptied her heart and came up with more. And I think, Okay. This is a legacy.

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