Week in Review | Carol & Humberto, Veruschka, Lincoln Center, Fashion Education, Raf Simons x Kvadrat, Prism

BoF editor-in-chief Imran Amed recaps the week in the business of fashion.

Imran Amed, Humberto Leon, Carol Lim | Photo: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.com

LONDON, United Kingdom — As the rush of New York Fashion Week swirled around us, BoF offered a moment of calm and reflection on Monday evening at New York’s Neuehouse.

Following their runway show the night before, which featured a larger-than-life wall of dripping chocolate, I sat down with Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, co-founders of Opening Ceremony, for the latest in our series of #BoFLive talks, in-depth conversations with leaders and innovators from across the global fashion industry.

Looking back on the talk, now, what strikes me the most is how their success has been built on partnerships, not just their own, but also a number of partnerships with brands and creative collaborators from a connected community around the world which played a major role in enabling Carol and Humberto to create an innovative, high-low retail concept that has sustained and, indeed, grown its cool factor over time.

The sixty minute discussion, which was streamed live on BoF, is well worth a weekend viewing. You’ll feel both inspired and educated by the story of how Carol and Humberto built their business from a scratch with an initial investment of only $10,000 and a line of credit.

Here are some of our top articles from the week gone by:

Op-Ed | What is Fashion For?
Fashion is about aesthetics, theatre and meaning, not merely comfort, argues Eugene Rabkin, in response to Cathy Horyn’s recent piece for The New York Times, “Slave No More.”

Colin’s Column | Tracing Veruschka
In his latest column, Colin McDowell traces the genealogy of Veruschka, often dubbed the world’s first supermodel.

Full Video: #BoFLive | Carol and Humberto Say “Everything Came From a Personal Point of View”
Imran Amed sat down with Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, founders of the game-changing fashion retail concept Opening Ceremony, to discuss their ascent to the top of the fashion industry.

Report Card on the New Lincoln Center
The much-maligned Lincoln Center, New York Fashion Week’s main hub for the last seven seasons, has been given a makeover by IMG Fashion, the company that runs the event. So, how do the improvements measure up? BoF reports.

Op-Ed | Are We Producing Too Many Fashion Designers?
Though fashion schools produce thousands of design graduates each year, many of whom fail to launch their own labels or find jobs as designers at fashion houses, the fashion business and adjacent industries need graduates with fashion design degrees like never before, argues Professor Frances Corner, head of London College of Fashion.

BoF Exclusive | Inside Raf Simons’ Kvadrat Collaboration
Raf Simons talks to BoF about stiff fabric, speed and working with textiles manufacturer Kvadrat, the secret partner behind the Raf Simons Sterling Ruby collection.

With Evolutionary Approach, Prism Taps Year-Round Resortwear Opportunity
As Prism prepares to open its first store in London’s Marylebone, BoF speaks to founder Anna Laub about the company’s expansion from a small range of optical frames to a multi-category resortwear label targeting increasingly mobile luxury consumers who holiday year-round.

And don’t forget, check out BoF Weekly, a week in review published with Flipboard and updated every Saturday.


Imran Amed
Founder and Editor-in-Chief