The Creative Class | Joseph Dirand, Architect

Joseph Dirand | Photo: Adrien Dirand

Joseph Dirand likes to live fast and furiously. He is as obsessive about food as he is about music and wouldn’t mind being a woman. Along the way, the architect, an admitted control freak, has redefined our expectations of what a successful fashion retail experience should be.

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The Creative Class | Pamela Golbin, Curator

Pamela Golbin | Photo: Jaime Rubiano

BoF sat down with Pamela Golbin, chief curator of the Musée de la Mode et du Textile, located in the Palais du Louvre in Paris, and learnt about her puzzling love of planes, nerdy obsession with problem-solving and how serendipity, vision and a MacGyver-like gift for improvising are essential to working under the same roof as the Mona Lisa.

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A.F. Vandevorst’s Hard-Earned Happy Birthday

Filip Arickx and An Vandevorst | Source: Courtesy

BoF examines the genesis, travails and revival of Belgian label A.F. Vandevorst, which this season marks 15 years in business, and distills down the important lessons that designers An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx have learned along the way.

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As Festival Opens, Diane Pernet Discusses the State of Fashion Film

On the occasion of the sixth instalment of “A Shaded View on Fashion Film,” held at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, BoF brings you an exclusive look at designer Manish Arora’s latest fashion film, ‘Holi Holy,’ and sits down with the festival’s founder, Diane Pernet, to discuss the state of the medium.

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Commas and All: The Magical Whimsy of Roger Vivier

"Tempête, Grisaille et Sanguine," a Roger Vivier shoe at the "Virgule etc." exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo | Source: Roger Vivier

BoF reviews Virgule etc., the new Roger Vivier exhibit curated by Olivier Saillard, and discovers that, in the right hands, exhibitions by fashion brands don’t have to be a dull, overly promotional affairs.

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Exhibits Examine the Subcultural Roots of London’s Fashion Creativity

An installation at From Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s | Source: V&A

In London, two exhibits pay homage to the raw, rebellious and deliriously inventive energy of the British capital’s creative underground, which trickles up to the catwalk like nowhere else.

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Building Damir Doma

Damir Doma Menswear S/S 2014 | Photo: Adam Katz Sinding

It took a fortuitous encounter in front of a bike shop in Bavaria for Damir Doma to find that rarest of things: the right deep-pocketed partner, willing to put in time, energy and resources to see the designer’s fledgling label through its difficult first years and get it off the ground. But six years later, with his own store, close to 9 million euros in sales and a new co-chairman, it is clear that Doma’s ascent up the tricky ranks of Paris fashion has been driven by more than luck. BoF reports.

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The Creative Class | Maria Luisa Poumaillou, Buyer

Maria Luisa | Source: Courtesy photo

Maria Luisa Poumaillou has gone from owning one of the most influential fashion boutiques in Paris to transforming venerable department store Printemps into a serious fashion destination, along the way enabling the careers of some of the greatest names in fashion. Now, on her way to conquer the Chinese market with a slew of new stores and her own fashion brand, the legendary buyer sat down with BoF to share her story.

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Paris in August — Bonnes Vacances!

Eiffel Tower, Paris | Source: Shutterstock

While the rest of the fashion world is hard at work preparing for the busiest time of the year, many fashion businesses in Paris are closed. BoF pauses to look at the real reasons behind the month-long, collective break and to consider how and why it works.

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Hip East London Boutique Hostem Announces Move Into Womenswear

The Hostem team by Rory Van Millingen | Source: Courtesy photo

The hip Shoreditch boutique Hostem is set to move into womenswear with a 6,000 square foot addition. BoF spoke with 25 year-old founder James Brown to learn more about his expansion plans.

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The Creative Class | Andy Rogers, Brand Director

Andy Rogers | Source: Courtesy photo

Andy Rogers was convinced he was going to become a painter. Instead, a mix of gumption and luck led him to work for a series of luxury and fashion houses, whose identities he helped to define with his unerring creative vision. Here, the branding guru tells BoF how a camp Welsh farmer, Stella McCartney and the rise of the Internet paved the way to his current position as brand director of British sportswear legend Fred Perry.

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How the Trampery is Adapting the Tech Sector’s Shared Workspace Formula For Fashion

Inside the Trampery London Fields | Source: The Trampery

As the Trampery, a shared workspace enterprise, opens its third location in the northeast London neighbourhood of London Fields, BoF spoke with founder Charles Armstrong and operations manager Ben Pickering to learn how the new hub aims to galvanise one of Europe’s most fertile fashion frontiers: Hackney.

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