BoF Exclusive | Inside CSM: Preview of Top 5 Designers from MA Fashion

Central Saint Martins' campus at Kings Cross | Photo: John Sturrock

LONDON, United Kingdom — Central Saint Martins’ MA fashion course is praised the world over for consistently producing the industry’s most exciting new designers. From the late great Alexander McQueen to industry darling Phoebe Philo to wunderkind Christopher Kane, the school has produced many of fashion’s most influential creative forces. Headed by Professor Louise Wilson OBE, whose tough love approach to teaching is almost as

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BoF Exclusive | Italo Zucchelli’s Sublime Futurism — Part II

Calvin Klein Mens by Italo Zucchelli | Photo: Karim Sadli for 032c

In Part I, we examined Italo Zucchelli’s philosophy of menswear. Today, we explore the designer’s creative process and approach to innovation. NEW YORK, United States — A honeyed accent doesn’t give away Italo Zucchelli’s heritage as much as his ability to cut a jacket. A Wagnerian sense of color and experimental materials reveal professional stints with both Romeo Gigli and Jil Sander respectively. He may seem of a piece with

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BoF Exclusive | Italo Zucchelli’s Sublime Futurism — Part I

Calvin Klein Menswear by Italo Zucchelli | Photo: Karim Sadli for 032c

In an exclusive two part interview, courtesy of our friends at 032c, Pierre Alexandre de Looz explores the work of Italo Zucchelli, Calvin Klein men’s collection creative director, known for grafting the infallible promise of technology — the 21st century’s cultural hope — to the fibre of masculine elegance. Today, in Part I, we examine Zucchelli’s menswear philosophy. NEW YORK, United States — Snug. Well cut. Brilliant. A

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BoF Exclusive | Farfetch Raises $18m to Fuel Growth in Europe, US and Brazil

Bernhard Willhelm ‘Karasaba’ Mini-Skirt | Source: Farfetch.com

LONDON, United Kingdom — Today, BoF can exclusively reveal that curated fashion marketplace Farfetch.com has raised a new $18 million round of funding from Index Ventures, eVenture Capital Partners and existing investors Advent Venture Partners, bringing the total amount of capital the company has raised to date to almost $25 million. The valuation of the company in this latest round was not disclosed. Founded in 2008, the

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In Conversation with Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg

  NEW YORK, United States — Over the weekend, Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg put on a lovely low-key show for his two women’s collections —Boy and Girl — underneath The Highline on New York’s West side. But earlier this summer he pulled out all the stops for a spectacular West Side Story-themed show for his Spring/Summer 2012 menswear collection as a special guest designer at the 80th edition of Pitti

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BoF Exclusive | Style.com to Launch Magazine and ‘Dip Toes’ in E-Commerce

Dirk Standen, Editor-in-Chief, Style.com | Photo: Style.com/Lexie Moreland

NEW YORK, United States — The online fashion media universe is about to take a most interesting twist. After several months of planning (and more than a little industry speculation), Style.com will unveil its first ever physical magazine at the end of October, only a few weeks after the last Paris Fashion Week show has ended. Back in the early 2000s, when fashion Internet sites still struggled to gain traction and credibility, this

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BoF Exclusive | Dolce & Gabbana Talk Digital

MILAN, Italy — The Business of Fashion is pleased to share the first ever in-depth video interview with Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, discussing the digital strategies that in 5 short years have transformed D&G from a “closed” brand to an “open” brand, where digital is now intertwined into the DNA, providing realtime, behind-the-scenes access via three separate Twitter accounts, a Facebook fan page

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BoF Exclusive | Does Azzedine Alaïa have the antidote to a relentless fashion system?

Azzedine Alaïa | Source:

The relentless pace of the fashion industry has almost certainly contributed to the retirement, the downfall, and possibly even the death of some of the industry’s greatest creative talents. But is anyone asking questions that might lead to change? Today on the eve of his off-schedule show in Paris, BoF brings you an exclusive interview between our friends at 032c and the revered couturier Azzedine Alaïa, son of Tunisian farmers

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Miu Miu Musing on the Pace of Fashion

LONDON, United Kingdom — As the the fashion industry grapples with the radical change that’s reshaping our business, there have been precious few opportunities to step back and discuss what it all means for the fashion system at large. The third edition of Miu Miu’s “Musing” salons, themed The Pace of Fashion and hosted by Shala Monroque, enabled industry leaders from across the fashion spectrum to sit back and try to make sense of

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Last Chance to Have Your Say on The Calgary

The making of the CALGARY by Bill Amberg for BoF | Source: Crane.tv LONDON, United Kingdom – At the beginning of New York Fashion Week, BoF unveiled the Calgary bag and crowdsourcing experiment with Bill Amberg. Thanks to our friends in the blogosphere (that's you Steve Salter at Style Salvage, Tina Craig of The Bag Snob, Phil Oh from Streetpeeper, Nik Thakkar at Karl is My Unkle, mysterious but supercool blog 00o00, Samia Grand-Pierre at High Snobette, Alisa Gould Simon at Mashable, Bryanboy and Jessica Michault) and in the mainstream media (Thank you to the IHT/New York Times, The Calgary Herald, Post Media News, Flare, Fashion Magazine and Global National News all across Canada), the response to our crowdsourcing survey…

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Introducing the Calgary bag and Crowdsourcing Experiment with Bill Amberg

The making of the CALGARY by Bill Amberg for BoF | Source: Crane.tv LONDON, United Kingdom – At the beginning of last year while roaming around the gargantuan labyrinth-like Florentine trade fair that is Pitti Uomo, I had the pleasure of meeting Bill Amberg for the first time. One of the UK’s most respected leather goods craftsmen, for some time Bill had a small shop around the corner from where I live in London. Over the years, I

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BoF Exclusive | First Look at the brand new Thakoon.com and behind-the-scenes webisode

Webisode sneak peek of Thakoon Pre-Fall 2011 NEW YORK, United States — The landscape of fashion communication and commerce continues to change radically, and not just for big brand innovators like Burberry and Louis Vuitton. For a whole generation of formerly “emerging” designers — including Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang and Thakoon Panichgul — digital innovation is now a central part of their strategies for taking their

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