The ascent of New York menswear label Public School hasn’t been the bump-free upward glide that their much-buzzed-about status would suggest. BoF sat down with designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, and stylist Eugene Tong, whose expert touch has helped put the young label’s fresh mix of sportswear and tailoring on the fashion radar, to discuss the brand’s rebirth.
Until not too long ago, Bouchra Jarrar’s razor-sharp tailoring was considered one of the best-kept secrets of French fashion. Now her business is gathering steam.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.