Rick Owens’ dark empire, Golden shears, India’s models face racism, Jane Pratt’s comeback, Generation creativity

Rick Owens | Source: Vice Magazine

Rick Owens: The prince of dark design (Independent)
“In a fashion climate ruled by luxury-goods conglomerates and an excess of merchandise that is both overwhelming and, increasingly, banal, Owens’ less-than-conventional career trajectory – his business turned over more than $50m last year – is an inspiration. ”

The Golden Shears – the Oscars of the tailoring world (FT)
“Sometimes we can be so transfixed by new trends… that the quieter fashion revolutions pass us by. Take last Monday’s Golden Shears competition. It’s the Oscars of the tailoring world… this year not only was the top prize scooped by a woman, there were 18 female trainees among the 24 finalists.”

India’s models accuse fashion industry of racism (Telegraph)
“India’s fashion industry is currently enjoying a boom, with growing numbers of Indian designers such as Manish Arora and Rohit Bal enjoying success…  [but while white] models are cashing in, some of India’s top models have complained they are losing out on the best jobs in their own country.”

Jane Pratt Plots Her Comeback (WWD)
“In the next two months, she will launch JanePratt.com, a Web site aimed at the gulf between the Cosmopolitans and Jezebels of the world. Then, in the summer, she will team up with Gevinson to introduce a magazine and a Web site for teenaged girls.”

How a generation of creatives is changing the face of fashion (Independent)
“‘When I was at art school, anything ‘fashionable’ was frowned upon,’ says Jones, who studied her craft at London’s Central Saint Martins. ‘I jumped straight into this from a BA at Cambridge, so spent a lot of time playing catch-up and making up my own way of doing things. Maybe this is why my style is so slap-dash.’”