Week in Review | Camille Bidault-Waddington, Fit for Print, Mentorship tips, Fashion criticism

Week in Review July 23-27

The Creative Class | Camille Bidault-Waddington (The Creative Class)
“‘I can’t help it. I’ll always have sweaters full of holes and scruffy hair,’ says Camille Bidault-Waddington, ageless in high-waisted denim shorts and an ’80s sweatshirt, as she serves tea in a vintage Royalty mug.”

Op-Ed | What’s Fit for Print? (Opinion) 
“As with so many commercial endeavours in the world right now, there are more fashion publications than ever before. Which is hardly a revelation when you consider that there are more fashion brands, more fashion fans, more fashion full stop. But what is this doing to the overall landscape of fashion magazines?”

Finding Your M.O. | Part 4: Making the Most of Mentorship (Education)
“Earlier this month, my mentor, former boss and business partner, Marvin Traub, passed away at the age of 87. Marvin was a defining figure in the American retail industry and the man who, in his longtime role as president and CEO of Bloomingdale’s, pioneered the concept of bringing entertainment to retail.”

Colin’s Column | Does the Fashion Critic Matter Anymore? (Opinion)
“All creative endeavours require critical feedback if they are to develop and mature. Ancient storytellers honed their craft by observing the reaction of their audiences. Medieval strolling players were pelted with manure if they failed to perform well. Vaudeville artists in the American South were physically threatened and run out of town if they weren’t up to standard. Indeed, art, dance and literature all have, and require, the opinion of a chorus.”

Emerging markets buy into luxury (FT)
“Emerging market appetites for high-end handbags, fashionwear, champagne and cognac appeared to be holding up in the first half of the year, according to results from the French luxury goods groups LVMH and PPR.”

São Paulo Fashion Week: One of the biggest fashion weeks in the world (Exec)
“For many years, quality fashion in Brazil came from the European market. Brazilian magazines used to make​​their fashion editorials based on the international aesthetic. The designers of the time were required to follow trends dictated by the international textile industry. However, there was a need to explore the fashionable Brazilian cultural universe of its own.”

Debating Fashion Week’s Role In The Digital Age (Style.com)
“‘When I started New York fashion week in 1993, digital cameras did not exist and photographers used actual film,’ Fern Mallis told a crowd of students, bloggers, and aspiring designers last night at the first in a series of conversations presented by Fashion GPS. ‘Today is a different world, everyone is a critic and the only photographer that uses film is Bill Cunningham.’”