Jack & Laz open up, Prada’s eternal innocence, Custom tailoring revival, Bulgari MBA, Pierre Rougier’s PR power

Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez | Source: Fashionista

Chloe Sevigny interviews Proenza Schouler (Interview Magazine)
“It has been nearly nine years since Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez-both 23 and fresh out of design school… Their almost instantaneous rise through the realms of the fashion world as Proenza Schouler-seemingly so unscripted that they hardly had a business model when they began-is the stuff of lightning New York success stories.”

Prada autumn/winter 2011 at Milan Fashion Week (Telegraph)
“In a sublime statement about contemporary dressing, Ms Prada referenced the 1920s and 1960s – two of her favourite decades – dropped the waist to the hipline, mixed colours like Rothko, and invented a ‘trompe l’oeil’ sock-boot that was a fusion of sock and spat.”

Custom Tailors Enjoying a Boom (WSJ)
“‘People have come to realize that the expensive designer suit they are used to buying is made to fit a thousand other people,’ says Rome-based tailor Luigi Gallo, who has been in the trade for more than 30 years. ‘In addition, they’re paying a huge price for that logo sewed into the jacket.’”

Bulgari MBA is the first of a new generation (City AM)
“It makes perfect sense for luxury goods businesses to get involved with business schools. While many Western businesses have suffered since the downturn, luxury businesses, with their growing market in Asia, have proved resilient. The brands too know that they can no longer rely on domestic markets, but need serious business nous if they want to expand into these newly wealthy regions.”

Pierre Rougier: The Man Behind the Curtain (WSJ)
“His name may be unfamiliar, but his clients’, including Yves Saint Laurent, Versace and Jil Sander, are not…. As founder of PR Consulting, the New York–based public-relations agency that manages the image and press coverage of a stable of exclusive brands… his job is to keep the Americans, whose critical opinions drive international buying trends, in line.”