Week in Review | Menswear, Africa, Fergus Purcell, Suzy Menkes, Lucinda Chambers, Ralph Lauren

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

Christopher Shannon, winner of the BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Award | Source: Shaun James Cox for The BFC.

LONDON, United Kingdom — The summer sun has finally arrived in Europe, where we are basking in a heatwave. Still, we have been busy here at the BoF HQ preparing for the upcoming menswear shows, which start in earnest this weekend in London, with the London Collections: Men, before moving onto Florence, Milan and Paris. This season, we are especially excited about visiting Florence, where we will be unveiling a special new digital project, next week, in partnership with Pitti Immagine. Stay tuned.

And naturally, with all the glorious summer weather, we’ll forgive you for missing out on some of your daily BoF, so here’s a quick digest to get you caught up on the week gone by. Have a great weekend!

From Emerging Designers to Emerging Businesses?
Will new initiatives like the BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund succeed in transforming London from a capital of emerging designers to a capital of emerging businesses? BoF reports.

Op-Ed | Luxury Brands Are Wrong to Ignore Africa
With growth slowing in key markets like China, luxury brands should examine the numbers, overcome their fears about image and turn their attention to Africa, argues Johanna Collins-Wood.

The Creative Class | Fergus Purcell, Graphic Designer
BoF sits down with Fergus “Fergadelic” Purcell, the graphics guru who works with Palace Skateboards, created the graphics for the closely watched BMX, motocross and skateboarding-inspired debut collection for the rebooted MBMJ and has just finished working with Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley on Spring/Summer 2015.

BoF Exclusive | Inside Suzy Menkes’ New Digital World
In our latest ‘Inside Fashion’ interview, BoF’s Imran Amed sits down with the intrepid fashion critic Suzy Menkes to discuss her new job at Condé Nast International and how dramatically the process of fashion journalism has changed over the course of her career.

Colin’s Column | Lucinda Chambers’ Passion for Pictures
Lucinda Chambers, fashion director of British Vogue, talks to Colin McDowellabout growing up on the verge of bankruptcy, meeting Mario Testino, working with Grace Coddington and what goes into making a great fashion image.

Mr Ralph Lauren and the Ultimate Changing of the Guard
In our next instalment of Cover Stories, we explore the legacy of Mr Ralph Lauren — head of America’s first fashion family and the cover star of Port magazine’s Summer 2014 issue — and the inevitable question that every founder-led company faces: how to plan for succession, that ultimate changing of the guard?

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