Week in Review | J.W. Anderson: Brand Builder, India’s Artisans, Digital Fashion Shows, Steven Tai

Week in Review January 28 - 2 February

Week in Review January 28 – 2 February

Turning Point | How J.W. Anderson Became a Brand Builder (Emerging Designers)
“‘Mr. Anderson’s clothes reveal an impressive freehand quality, especially in the cutting, and, at the same time, a great sense of judgment. He knows what looks very uncool,’ wrote New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn, singling out Anderson’s Spring 2013 women’s collection as a London Fashion Week standout. But how did it all happen? When were the seeds of J.W. Anderson’s success first sown?”

India Inc. | Following the Thread of India’s Artisans (Opinion)
“BoF columnist Bandana Tewari reports on Project Renaissance, a unique collaboration between Indian artisans and international fashion brands organised by Vogue India in celebration of the magazine’s fifth anniversary.”

KCD’s Digital Fashion Shows to Open to Consumers (Fashion 2.0)
“The digital arm of public relations company KCD has announced that Digital Fashion Shows, the firm’s previously industry-only, streaming fashion show platform, will offer ‘front row’ access to members of the public, starting this season.”

Bubble and Speak | Steven Tai (Emerging Designers)
“Last year, Central Saint Martins BA graduate Steven Tai took home a special €15,000 prize, sponsored by Chloé, with an impressive collection (his final graduate collection) inspired by bookbinding.”

All He Touches Turns to Cashmere (NY Times)
“Greg Chait, the designer of the Elder Statesman, is not someone you would expect to be named the class of 2012’s most likely to succeed. He is laid back in the way that comes from living in Southern California, where he works in a sunny studio in Culver City. His defining feature is a bushy black beard that could easily contain a pair of knitting needles. Ask him how he got his start in fashion, and he replies, ‘It was an accident.’”

Berlin’s Ku’Damm in Style as West Draws Hip Shops (Business Week)
“The decision by fashion brands such as Hermes and Louis Vuitton to focus on west Berlin has shifted attention away from Friedrichstrasse, the eastern strip that attracted most retail investment after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.”

Why Some Labels Will Sidestep Fashion Week (WSJ)
“New York’s calendar has become noticeably more crowded as labels squeeze in with entrepreneurial zeal. While fashion shows used to be limited to high-style labels, midprice contemporary labels and menswear brands are now muscling into New York. One reason: No official body controls the calendar, unlike in Milan and Paris, where just a few dozen labels are invited to show in each fashion week.”