Valli Couture, Pre-fall’s problem, Fakes in the digital age, 2011 in review, Joseph Altuzarra

Giambattista Valli Fall 2011 Couture | Source: Style.com

Giambattista Valli is Officially a Couturier Now (The Cut)
“Giambattista Valli showed his first couture collection in Paris earlier this year, as a guest of France’s Chambre Syndicale… The process for designers to be granted full, official appellation and membership usually takes five years, but Valli’s status has been upgraded after hyst the one collection.”

The problem with pre-fall (FT)
“Pre-fall. What is that? Isn’t that … summer? But these clothes are not summer clothes. Or not really, though they do have summer elements… Indeed, Kors hates the name so much he has his sales staff refer to the collection, in stores, as simply a ‘new drop’. They don’t call it pre-fall.”

The Issue of Counterfeiting in the Digital Age (Fashion’s Collective)
“ Counterfeiting is one of the fastest growing crimes, and shows no signs of slowing down. The World Customs Organization estimates annual global trade in illegitimate goods is about $600 billion, and this figure is expected to rise to $1.7 trillion by 2015. It is estimated that between 5% and 7% of worldwide trade is from the counterfeit market.”

Fashion Review Of The Year: 2011 (Independent)
“From blushing brides to dramatic falls from grace, Susannah Frankel charts the highs and lows of the international style set in 2011.”

Joseph Altuzarra’s Fierce Fashion (Forbes)
“When Joseph Altuzarra launched his clothing line, Altuzarra, in 2008, New York fashion was dominated by pretty, polite dresses and casual sportswear — and he was tired of it. ‘I wanted to create clothes for women in their 40s and 50s and 60s who have careers and are sexy and don’t want to look like grandmothers,’ says the soft-spoken Paris-born designer.”