Raf’s Dior romance, Schiap’s house, Digital luxury, Eyeing Dr. Martens, The Kooples uncouples

Dior Haute Couture | Source: Hello

Simons Starts Triumphantly at Dior (On the Runway)
“The hardest thing to realize in fashion is that the future lies in the past. The second hardest thing is to forget the past. That precise turn of mind is what Raf Simons showed on Monday as he took control of Dior.”

Schiap’s House Reborn (NY Times)
“The mover and shaker behind the rebirth of the house of Schiaparelli is Diego Della Valle of Tod’s, who has created a buzz about the brand without a single product being laid out on the 1940s-style table or reflected in the gilded mirrors that once belonged to Schiap’s admirer, Yves Saint Laurent.”

Luxury must become interactive to survive’ (Wired)
“At first, luxury and technology don’t seem to be natural bedfellows. Luxe is defined by exclusivity, whereas tech is invariably mass market — and although it doesn’t always want to be seen, it still needs to have its output firmly felt.”

Russian billionaire eyes up Dr. Martens for £200 million (Telegraph)
“Pamplona Capital, an investment fund backed by tycoon Mikhail Fridman, is in the running to buy Dr Martens after it was put up for sale earlier this year. It was originally thought the company would fetch around £120 million, however the price soared amid strong interest.”

The Kooples uncouples from UK store deals (The Guardian)
“French fashion chain The Kooples has pulled out of a controversial deal to open on London’s Savile Row and has slowed its expansion in the UK.”