The Fashion Show From the Belle Époque (IHT) “The Belle Époque has never seemed such an orgy of gorgeousness as it does in “Impressionisme et la Mode” at the Musée d’Orsay. The concept of bringing Impressionist paintings to fashion life with displays of fans and hats, of dresses hooped over their crinolines and of shoes so decorative and tiny that they look like fairy slippers, might be seen as the ultimate in
PPR nears sale of Redcats catalogue arm (FT) “PPR is to announce the sale of all or part of its Redcats catalogue business before the end of the month, moving closer to its goal of becoming a pure clothing and accessories company.” Third of Prada managers leave after IPO (FT) “Prada the Italian luxury goods group, lost a third of its top managers in the nine months following its initial public offering last year
A Wake-Up Call for YSL’s PR Team (Opinion) “A few weeks ago, Yves Saint Laurent’s PR team wrote to BoF, asking that we edit a tweet. We had shared one of the striking new Saint Laurent campaign images with our followers, referring to the campaign as ‘Saint Laurent Paris.’ Brands often write to thank us for sharing their advertising campaigns with our community, but this was the first time that a brand had written asking us to
The luxury that dare not speak its name (FT) “But China is no longer just the sweatshop of the world that churns out cheap T-shirts and jeans. The high costs in Europe have meant that many artisans have moved to China, while local manufacturers have also benefited from a transfer of knowledge that has taken place since the country became an outsourcing centre more than three decades ago.” PPR May Include Gucci in Luxury
A Game of Checkers (IHT) “The Louis Vuitton show hit its graphic target on Wednesday, marking a sparky and spectacular moment on the last day of the monthlong international season. The show underscored one of the strongest themes for summer 2013: geometry, redrawing in straight lines the shapely female body.” Turkey fights for a new prestige (FT) “The story of Turkey today is of a country seeking new customers and
Chanel Rises Above Its Excess (NY Times) “Three great couture houses showed their 21st-century visions in the closing days of the Paris summer 2013 collections. Yet it was not the much-anticipated Saint Laurent show that won the regeneration game, nor even the recurrent inventions at Chanel. Valentino, in a graceful, calm and beautifully crafted show on Tuesday, hit the sweet spot between heritage and contemporary.”
Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent debut (Telegraph) “What was most suprising was that it was so unsurprising. It was exactly as expected: lots of masculine/feminine trouser suits, some beautiful wafty dresses and poet’s blouses (most of which we’ve seen before on Kate Moss and Stevie Nicks, although perhaps not always in quite such luxe fabrications) and a cool soundtrack, edited for the show by Daft Punk.
Then Comes the 4th Dimension (IHT) “To be modern in fashion today, a designer needs a sculptural knowledge of the human body, an architect’s understanding of graphic proportions and an ability to absorb the digital revolution. Then comes the fourth dimension. The Paris shows for summer 2013 over fashion’s long weekend have divided the protagonists into those who get the depth of possibilities — and those who are still making