New Couture, Hard luxury, Brothers in innovation, Return of the Czarinas, Jack Wills’ entrepreneur

Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Grazia

Couture Is Seeding Itself (IHT)
“Discreetly, almost imperceptibly, haute couture has re-seeded itself, without any artificial insemination. Across the fashion world, houses built on ready-to-wear are exploring the possibilities of, or just quietly joining, the universe of high fashion.”

Fashion follows trend for hard luxury (FT)
“As the fashion industry descends on Paris this week for the haute couture shows, one of the first stops will be the new Louis Vuitton jewellery boutique, a 160 sq m store opening on Monday on Place Vendôme that represents the hottest trend of the moment: a move by companies that specialise in ‘soft’ luxury goods into ‘hard’ luxury.”

Twin Peaks (
“Fashion loves a rivalry. Unforgettable are the days when Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld used to battle it out to be fashion’s number one in Paris… At the moment, the international fashion press seems hell-bent on creating the same type of rivalry between Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane.”

The Czarinas Are Back (NY Times)
“According to a assessment of the Russian Fashion Pack, as they are sometimes called, no one on the show circuit, with the exception of Anna Dello Russo, ‘changes outfits more often or with more look-at-me enthusiasm than this group of designers, bloggers and scenemakers.’”

With the Eagerness of Youth (NY Times)
“Peter Williams is the founder and chief executive of Jack Wills, a British fashion brand… I worked at a strategy consulting firm in London and immediately absolutely loved it. Also, immediately I thought, I don’t want to do this. I want to run my own business.”