Week in Review | Looking back at London, Managing investors, Future of retail, LFW Photo diary, Diana Vreeland

Week in Review September 17-21

Colin’s Column | Looking Back at London (Opinion)
“Are we talking about London Fashion Week or a festival of childish self-indulgence? For me, fashion design is about cut, shape, body and proportion, as it always has been. But sadly, many of the recent London shows featured banal shapes hidden under a riot of digitally created patterns, sometimes in the crudest of colours.

Finding Your M.O. | Part 8: Managing Your Investors (Education)
“Finding the right investors, as discussed in Part 5 of this series, is a critical part of any business’ success. But managing your investors is perhaps even more important and challenging. You must strike a balance.”

Retail Recon | Burberry’s Bet on Retail Entertainment (Insight & Analysis)
“Much has already been written about the opening of Burberry’s new flagship on London’s Regent Street — the sophisticated digital technology, the impressive multimedia event space, and all that Burberry product, housed in 27,000 square feet of selling space, about the same size as the landmark Apple Store just up the street.”

Photo Diary | 10 Fashion Moments at LFW S/S 2013 (Photo Diary)
“London Fashion Week, which concluded on Tuesday evening, has become known for its directional designers and digital prints. Along with our favourite roving backstage photographer, Morgan O’Donovan, we’ve selected ten memorable fashion moments from the London collections.”

Colin’s Column | Remembering Diana Vreeland (Opinion)
“To coincide with the release of the documentary film “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel”, contributing editor Colin McDowell recalls the legendary editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.”

Paul Smith: still the best of British (Telegraph)
“‘Quirky and cool’ work well to encapsulate his output, from his first boutique in Nottingham in 1970 selling standard shirts with colourful stitching around the buttonholes, to a business empire that today stretches to 75 countries, with a turnover of £400 million.”

Italy Today: Creative Flow vs. Cash Flow (IHT)
“The big labels packed up their logo luggage and sprinted for Asia a while ago now, relying on a more robust market to support a frenzy of new store openings and to buoy their balance sheets. That leaves the little guys — small, young, independent Italian fashion brands with no mono-brand stores of their own — to struggle along.”