Chanel’s legacy, Fast Retailing push, Editor exodus, Roitfeld goes global, Dream shoemaker

Alexander Wang and Anna Wintour from 'The Little Black Jacket' | Source: Chanel

Chanel’s Little Black Jacket: How Chanel split the fashion atom (Telegraph)
“That innocuous cardie turned out to be fashion’s equivalent of the atom. And Coco split it. First, she took its pockets, which were perfectly positioned far enough down the front panels to encourage a woman to thrust her hands in them confidently, and placed them in corresponding places on jackets. Prior to Coco, women did not thrust, and pockets were for show – at least they were in the bourgeois wardrobe.”

Fast Retailing sees overseas shops, cut-price chain driving growth (Reuters)
“Fast Retailing forecast a 13.5 percent rise in annual operating profit for this financial year amid expectations that growth from overseas outlets of its Uniqlo basic apparel and Japan cut-price clothing g.u. chains will drive profits.”

Why Are So Many Editors Leaving Magazines for Retail Brands? (Fashionista)
“Yesterday, WWD reported that Anamaria Wilson, the fashion features director at Harper’s Bazaar, would be leaving her post at the magazine to join Michael Kors as senior vice president of global corporate communications… So what’s going on? Why are all these editorial-minded individuals leaving publishing to work for retail brands?”

Carine Roitfeld Adds Harper’s Bazaar to Her Portfolio (On the Runway)
“A month after introducing her new CR Fashion Book magazine, Carine Roitfeld has added a title to her résumé. On Thursday, Hearst Magazines named Ms. Roitfeld to the newly created position of global fashion director for Harper’s Bazaar.”

When Salvatore Ferragamo met Marilyn Monroe (Dazed Digital)
“Known as the ‘shoemaker of dreams’, Salvatore Ferragamo’s playground was always Hollywood. His trusting relationships with legends of the screen in the 1920s through to the 1950s saw his name rocket to infamy; a legacy that endures via a focus on actresses and supermodels in Ferragamo campaigns today. Marilyn Monroe was one of Ferragamo’s most high profile fans…”