Rethinking couture, The battle for Hermès, Obama debate continues, Jimmy Choo profits triple, Rankin’s army

Givenchy Couture A/W 2011 | Source: stylefrizz

All about the Atelier (FT)
“It’s possible we’re thinking about this all wrong – this being the now-shrunk-to-three-days-with-only-six-full-fledged-couture-brands couture shows. It’s possible we’re asking the wrong questions. It’s possible that, instead of perennially rending our garments and plunging into the long tunnel of debate over whether couture is relevant in a not-entirely-post-recession 21st century, we should reconsider our assumptions.”

The battle at the heart of French fashion house Hermès (Independent)
“It’s not without reason that Arnault, the man at the head of it all, is dubbed ‘the wolf in the cashmere coat’ and his far-from-demure entrepreneurial style is well-known, not to mention entirely at odds with the more discreet and traditional values this proudly independent name represents.”

Boosting America, in Her Own Fashion (NY Times)
“Michelle Obama’s impact on fashion extends far beyond the ‘made in America’ label stitched into her dress. The optimism, glamour and accessibility that she communicates through her style of dressing transcends cultural borders and economic boundaries.

Jimmy Choo sees profits treble despite sales fall (This is Money)
Jimmy Choo’s profits have more than trebled despite a slump in sales abroad… estimated to be worth £500m, [the company shows] turnover six per cent lower at £82m in 2009 but pretax profit up from £4.8m to £15.3m – thanks to big cuts in sales and administration costs.”

Rankin’s beautiful model army (Telegraph)
“Daphne Self is an 80-year-old model, Vivienne Westwood a fashion designer, Elizabeth I the most renowned queen of England. A more unlikely group of superheroines you would be hard pressed to come up with… This at least is the hope behind Snapped! , a new exhibition of fashion portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery in London.”