Week in Review | Sarah Rutson-Pang, Introducing Alexander Lewis, Offline opportunities, BoF celebrates in Florence

Week in Review June 18 - 22

Sarah Rutson-Pang (The Creative Class)
“With her striking looks and impeccable taste, it’s no surprise that Sarah Rutson-Pang is a permanent fixture in the front rows of Paris and Milan… As the fashion director of the highly influential Hong Kong-based luxury department store Lane Crawford, Rutson-Pang has the important — and sometimes difficult — job of educating and enticing the world’s largest group of luxury consumers: the mainland Chinese.”

Alexander Lewis (The Spotlight)
“For Alexander Lewis, preparing for the launch of his debut collection has been a gradual and methodical process. ‘Even though I’d known what the collection was going to be about, I put that on the shelf and spent a lot of time working on pure business research and building my business plan,’ the Chicago-born, London-based designer with Brazilian roots told BoF.”

Online Fashion Retailers Tap Offline Opportunities (Insight & Analysis)
“Over the course of the last decade, traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, from Neiman Marcus to Macy’s, have seized the digital opportunity and built impressive online businesses, with web sales of apparel and accessories currently growing faster than any other e-commerce product category… But now, things appear to be coming full circle.”

BoF Celebrates 5 Years in Florence
“Following back-to-back parties to celebrate our 5th birthday in London and New York earlier this year, on Thursday evening we gathered at the Villa Favard in Florence, home of Polimoda… As usual, we asked our guests to share their answers to one simple question: Why do you love working in The Business of Fashion?”

Haider Ackermann: The Draped Crusader (Independent)
“So it is with Haider Ackermann who first showed at the Paris collections 10 years ago now and who has built up a loyal following with the most sartorially forward thinking. Now, though, his runway presentations and the highly singular vision they represent are one of the high points of the French fashion season across the board.”

Jil Sander Remodels for Her Comeback (IHT)
“Last weekend, Jil Sander left her native Hamburg for Milan where, on Saturday, she will show her first collection in seven years for the brand that bears her name.”

YSL set for name change (Telegraph)
Yves Saint Laurent will drop the ‘Yves’ from their name, the brand has confirmed. Newly-appointed creative director Hedi Slimane is keen to ‘thrust Saint Laurent into a new era modern.’”