Hedi ponders a comeback, Stores close in Japan, Sportswear rising, American Apparel trouble, Fashion goes pop

Hedi Slimane | Source: YMFY

Hedi Slimane: ‘Maybe I have to start designing again’ (Guardian)
“Hedi Slimane won’t talk about fashion. Specifically, he is not to be asked when he will make his return to fashion design. Slimane’s assistant has insisted as much via email, and she is telling me again as we walk down a Brussels backstreet to meet him. ‘He gets asked every day,’ she says. ‘Every day.’”

In Tokyo, Responses Vary in Tony Shops (WSJ)
“Japanese department stores and boutiques, such as Comme des Garçons and Issey Miyake, were open for business as usual. Not so many European shops. Consumers approached Louis Vuitton’s doors, only to see a darkened interior. Citing electrical outages and concern for its workers’ families, the luxury luggage chain had closed 23 of its 57 stores across Japan.”

Perfect fit: The rise of sportswear (FT)
“Athletic brands are realising the potential benefits of making sports wear that is stylish as well as functional. They are even tapping into catwalk trends… This time last year ready-to-wear designers such as Alexander Wang and Marc Jacobs were unveiling their take on sports, and now sports wear makers have reciprocated.”

American Apparel: red, black and blue (New York Post)
“The ugly numbers keep piling up for American Apparel — and so do the unfinished financial reports. The racy clothing retailer — whose CEO Dov Charney was accused this month of keeping an 18-year-old woman as a sex slave in his Manhattan apartment — now estimates that it lost money last year as sales and margins dropped, according to a regulatory filing by the company.”

Fashion goes pop (Guardian)
“Something odd is happening with celebrities and style. The stars are becoming more daring, more avant garde than the designers. Nowadays, the biggest female names in music don’t particularly set themselves apart from their predecessors through musical style… but the way they look is a whole new world.”