Week in Review | Contemplating Paris Couture, Golden Lane, Online Vintage, Paris menswear moments

Week in Review January 21-25

Colin’s Column | Is Haute Couture Poised for Reinvention or Irrelevance? (Opinion)
“Couture! This magic word was all but forgotten 30-odd years ago, except in the most exalted and privileged of social circles. Since its high point in the late 1940s and 1950s, couture clients had shrivelled away just as the lifestyles the couturiers once clothed had withered as well.”

Colin’s Column | Paris Couture Week, Continued (Opinion)
“But is everything shown in Paris during Couture Week actually couture? Or is the name as solipsistic as calling three days of shows a fashion week? How much of what we see are merely beautiful clothes made to a high standard and sold at a very high price? In fact, what constitutes couture in a modern sense?”

Online Vintage Heats Up (Fashion 2.0)
“For nearly 20 years, eBay has been the dominant player in the market for vintage clothing and accessories. Now, a slew of start-ups are poised to disrupt the business of online fashion resale.”

The Spotlight | Golden Lane (Emerging Designers)
“Six years after founding men’s accessories business Chris & Tibor — known for its practical but chic leather bags named after iconic London neighbourhoods and sold in over 20 countries — design duo Chris Liu and Tibor Matyas have turned their attention to the women’s market with a new accessories brand called Golden Lane. “That’s where the profits lie,” admitted Matyas, explaining the move.”

10 Fashion Moments in Paris for Menswear A/W 2013 (Photo Diary)
“As always, the enterprising Sonny Vandevelde was backstage to capture those off-the-cuff moments that can make even a ho-hum fashion week feel a bit more exciting. Standout shows from Valentino and Raf Simons also helped to lift the mood.”

The iPad effect: How to unite physical and digital worlds (FT)
“Sales staff are using iPads featuring a range of digital technologies to encourage customers to play with and try on jewellery and watches virtually. One technology company has almost doubled in size in the past year to accommodate demand from watch, jewellery and luxury clients.”

The Discreet Charm of Christophe Lemaire (WSJ Magazine)
“It’s been two years since Lemaire was hired to replace Jean Paul Gaultier as the designer of women’s ready-to-wear for Hermès. This accounts for less than 10 percent of the company’s sales and is dwarfed by accessories, which have the advantage of being both more iconic… and more accessible, like its silk scarves, watches and enamel bracelets.”