Right direction, BCBG struggle, Behind the catwalk, Big Bucks at NYFW, Sarah Mower on London’s rise

Thakoon Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Style.com

Things Turn in the Right Direction (NY Times)
“As if by agreement, or maybe decree by the empress herself, Diane Von Furstenberg, the dreariness that had settled over the first days of the fall shows vanished on Sunday with collections full of great clothes in vibrant colors… Zac Posen also sent out a good collection, rich in color, though stuck in a lady-as-a-vamp time warp.”

BCBG’s Off-the-Runway Struggles (WSJ)
“Global designer and retailer BCBG Max Azria is learning that sometimes, less really is more… BCBG has seen its mass-market lines—including its discontinued Max Rave chain of stores and a now-dead deal with Miley Cyrus and Wal-Mart—sputter, leading to a revenue decline that puts it in danger of violating its loan covenants, according to credit analysts.”

Behind NY’s catwalks, legal contracts abound (Reuters)
“Behind the scenes of New York Fashion Week, reams of legal contracts bind together designers, models, hair and make-up artists, photographers, stagehands, lighting technicians and even celebrities flaunting their clothes.”

City takes in nearly $1billion annually from twice-yearly shows (NY Daily News)
“The deep pockets at Fashion Week have made the city a fortune. Mayor Bloomberg said Monday that the city takes in nearly $1 billion annually from the twice-yearly shows at Lincoln Center. The city expects to bring in an estimated $865 million from this year’s Fashion Weeks. That’s a 12% increase from the $773 million in 2007.”

The Sarah Mower Interview (Fashion156)
Sarah Mower has always been a force to be reckoned with, but now that she comes with three rather important letters after her name (M, B and E), her clout has been considerably amplified.”