Raf Simons, Hedi Slimane and the Tectonic Shifts of the Paris Fashion Establishment (Insight & Analysis)
"With fabled fashion innovators Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane scheduled to make their respective ready-to-wear debuts at Dior and Saint Laurent, two of French fashion’s most iconic houses, the stage is set for a historic Paris Fashion Week."
The Spotlight | Thamanyah by Ahmed Abdelrahman (Emerging Designers)
"'I met him at the gym, in his boxing shorts, fancy sneakers and large Kelly Bag as a gym bag,' recalls Michèle Lamy — Rick Owens’ captivating muse, wife, and business partner — of her Dubai-born, Paris-based protégé, Ahmed Abdelrahman."
Op-Ed | Fashion Blogging Has a Transparency Problem (Opinion)
"Old media often seems to portray fashion bloggers as publishers gone rogue: online personalities thirsting for free product or paid public appearances."
Photo Diary | 10 Fashion Moments in Milan for S/S 2013 (Photo Diary)
"We tipped our friend Sonny Vandevelde to give us a behind-the-scenes look into the collections in Milan for Spring/Summer 2013."
Generation Genius! (IHT)
“All the 40-something designers at the Paris summer 2013 collections have reached a delicious, mature ripeness. And with even younger creators breaking bud, there is a real sense in this city of a generational change.”
Will Prada Finally Succumb to Global Luxury Slowdown? (CNBC)
“Italian fashion house Prada has been a bright spot in a slowing global luxury retail space, and its latest earnings report underscores the resilience. The company delivered another set of solid earnings on Tuesday — first-half net profit surged 60 percent to 286 million euros ($372 milion), thanks to demand from Asian spenders.”
Minimalist Matters (IHT)
“Jil Sander is the archetypal figure to have reinterpreted mid-century Modernism. Her fashion life has been dedicated to streamlining style and to recognizing the dynamic place of women in society. But where should the designer take that vision now that she has returned to her own label after eight years and a series of stop-go comebacks?”