Sorry state of fashion, Pilati out at YSL, D&G talk, Harvey Nichols record, Oscar’s next big act

Raf Simons final bow at Jil Sander Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: NY Mag

We Are All Guilty for This Mess (IHT)
“The current state of fashion, with designers enticed to houses where they may be rejected, removed and re-embraced, leaves a queasy feeling. The drama that started almost exactly a year ago with the breakdown and departure of John Galliano from Dior has spread across the fashion universe.”

Yves Saint Laurent creative head Pilati leaves (Reuters)
“French fashion brand Yves Saint Laurent is parting ways with its head designer Stefano Pilati, parent group PPR said on Monday, with his replacement to be announced after his last fashion show on March 5.”

Lunch with the FT: Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana (FT)
“Dolce, 53, and Gabbana, 49, met in 1980 when both were assistants at a fashion atelier in Milan, and became Dolce & Gabbana in 1982. From the start, their inspiration was to tap into the romantic nostalgia people feel for the Dolce Vita clichés of Italy – Sophia Loren, pasta, Sicily – and to translate them, without irony but with great enthusiasm, into a modern aesthetic.”

Harvey Nichols forecasts record profits (FT)
“Harvey Nichols, the luxury department store group, said a mix of £65,000 alligator skin handbags, face cream and a focus on ‘timeless’ rather than cutting-edge fashion should produce record profits this year, capping a comeback from its 2008 decline.”

Oscar de la Renta’s Next Big Act (WSJ)
“On an almost balmy January day in Manhattan, Oscar de la Renta is lunching in his Seventh Avenue office, the same space he’s occupied since 1965, the year he launched his first collection under his own name… Talk shifts to how de la Renta hit upon the name of his latest fragrance, Live in Love. ‘I didn’t want it to be about a person,’ he says. ‘It’s loving the life you live, what you give, what you have received.’”