Week in Review | Fashion Media Gamechangers, Michael Kors in Shanghai, John Lobb, Charles James

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

Inside Elle (UK) offices in London | Photo: Morgan O'Donovan for BoF

SHANGHAI, China — In a fast changing media landscape being reshaped by global forces and new media technologies, magazines around the world have had to up their game, restructure their organisations, and double-down on the digital opportunity.

This week, in a special briefing on fashion media gamechangers from our Companies & Culture Issue, we sat down with three dynamic women who have each been faced with unique challenges and opportunities and embraced them with savvy strategies and open minds.

Lorraine Candy, editor-in-chief of Elle (UK) described her strategy for bringing the British edition of Elle magazine into the digital age, completely reshaping the organisation, its processes and its engagement with advertisers, while Svida Alisjahbana of Femina Group in Indonesia explained how she fended off foreign competitors to maintain her company’s market-leading position in the fourth most populous country in the world. And, Angelica Cheung, editor-in-chief of Vogue China, recounted the stories passed onto her by her mother and grandmother, as she described the magnitude of change and progress that has shaped the world’s largest luxury market and Vogue‘s place within it.

Speaking of China, don’t miss our exclusive live conversation with Michael Kors, broadcast from Shanghai to a global audience of Michael Kors fans and members of the BoF community. The lessons and stories he shared, with characteristic verve and energy, are invaluable to anyone building a fashion business today.

Here are our top stories from the week gone by:

Rebooting Elle
Before “Elle 360,” the British edition of the popular women’s style bible was digitally deficient. Now, Elle resembles a tech start-up more than a traditional fashion magazine.

Building Vogue China
BoF speaks to Angelica Cheung about how she built Vogue China in the shape of a large and fast-modernising country.

Femina Group, Defending Turf
In the world’s fourth-largest country, a pioneering 40-year-old publishing dynasty continues to keep the foreign media giants at bay with an integrated multi-platform strategy.

#BoFLive | Michael Kors Speaks to Imran Amed
In the latest instalment of our global video interview series, #BoFLive, editor-in-chief Imran Amed sits down with designer Michael Kors in Shanghai to talk about his personal and professional journey.

John Lobb, Scaling a Craft-Based Business
John Lobb has been producing shoes in the English town of Northampton since the mid-19th century. Now, the revered shoemaker is set to grow. But how do you scale a brand with a business model rooted in traditional craft?

Colin’s Column | The Fabled Charles James
On the eve of the gala to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute and celebrate the launch of this year’s fashion exhibit, “Charles James: Beyond Fashion,” Colin McDowell looks back at the life and work of the designer who Christian Dior called “the greatest talent of my generation.”

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