Gaultier’s milestone, Asian influences, Luxury conferences go global, Legal issues, TheFancy.com

Jean Paul Gaultier by Ed Alcock | Source: NY Times

The Prime of an Enfant Terrible (NY Times)
“Watching Mr. Gaultier — and this is the interesting thing, as he stands with his face pressed close to a wall of mirrors, watching not the model, as she moves, but her reflection — you do wonder if the job still holds the charm it once did… But for some time, the fashion world hasn’t known quite what to make of Mr. Gaultier; the one time enfant terrible turns 60 in April.”

Pieces of a Chinese Pattern (IHT)
“But Dries Van Noten ’s show on Wednesday was a stunning take on the ethnic prints from other cultures that have always been the designer’s signature. This time the patterns were Asian and noble, but contained within a framework of modern, even masculine, clothes: coats and jackets, often in khaki.”

Luxury Conferences Take On Global Issues (Forbes)
“A handful of publishing companies host annual conferences that focus on current issues in the luxury industry… These conferences have changed over the years from a celebration of the expansion of the good life to dealing with the turmoil from events… More recently there’s the move of luxury brands to China and India to meet the desires of a booming new group of affluent consumers.”

Wig and gown in vogue on the catwalk (FT)
“Behind the scenes during a fashion week, it’s not just models, designers and their production teams working frantically. Perhaps the busiest member of a label’s in-house team might not be the first figure to spring to mind: its lawyer.”

Log On, Coordinate, Pose (NY Times)
“Today he is the founder of TheFancy.com, a new scrapbooking and shopping site, where users can share photographs of covetable objects and experiences — a velvet Burberry trench coat, sparkly gold nail polish, a room at the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong — and, it is hoped, buy them.”