Chinese models rising, Linen’s humble roots, Frida Giannini looks back, Luxury swimwear, Kanye’s stilettos

Lane Crawford Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: Lane Crawford

Are Chinese Models Putting An End To Asia’s Colonial Mentality? (Forbes)
“If we were to take our cues from the fall 2011 advertising campaign of luxury retailer Lane Crawford, it would seem that we Asians have come to love our own. The campaign features a stunning all-Chinese cast wearing the latest threads from New York, Milan, London and Paris… Is the Chinese luxury consumer now aspiring to be like the Chinese faces modeling her favourite brands?”

The Muddy Roots of Fine Linen (WSJ)
“Linen has become a high-end staple on the designer-clothing racks… Yet these thousand-dollar linens have humble roots. Two-thirds of the world’s linen originates in a narrow belt of farmland that stretches from northern France to the Netherlands… Fashion brands are telling consumers more about the origins of their clothes. Linen, because it comes from such a limited region, is able to ride this movement.”

Frida Giannini by Dave Gahan (Interview)
“Giannini has acquitted herself ably on all fronts, crafting a new chapter in the Gucci story by embracing her own ultra-feminine take on fashion, one that doesn’t so much wrestle with what was, or the iconographic power of those interlocking Gs, as display an unbridled enthusiasm for what is and what might be if we could only find a way to chill out and live in the now.”

Adding a Splash of Luxury to Swimwear (IHT)
“The French company Eres isn’t interested in runway shows or fashion weeks, and it has always shunned the annual Miami event, deciding to keep its beachwear firmly under wraps… Instead, major global buyers and journalists make a by-invitation-only pilgrimage twice a year to the company’s headquarters in Paris to discover in which direction the swimwear fashion current is flowing.”

Kanye West steps into stilettos (Telegraph)
“Women’s Wear Daily have revealed that Mr West – who has footwear ‘previous’ as a sneaker designer for Louis Vuitton – is beavering away on a line of stilettos with help from cobbling maestro Guiseppe Zanotti… ‘Kanye is always here in my factory. In the last three years, he has come here maybe every month… [Kanye] loves learning about shoes, both the design and construction, and we’ve tried to design something together.’”