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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BoF Exclusive | At the Heart of Mount Street’s Transformation is a Luxury Community

LONDON, United Kingdom — For years, London’s Bond Street and Sloane Street have been the destinations of choice for luxury brands looking to set up shop in the British capital to serve the wealthy Arabs, Russians, Indians and Asians who call the city home, and more recently, the hundreds of thousands of luxury shoppers that have been descending on London, bolstered by a weaker pound and the depth of riches on offer from every

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Charles Nolan | 1957-2011

NEW YORK, United States — Today, at a funeral service and celebration, the New York fashion community bids farewell to one its most loved personalities, Charles Nolan, who passed away over the weekend after a long battle with cancer. Before starting his own business, Charles played an instrumental role in the development of iconic American fashion businesses including Bill Blass, Ellen Tracy and Anne Klein. I only had the chance to

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BoF Exclusive | Fashion Film Premiere: The Elder Statesman

Today, BoF is pleased to bring you the exclusive premiere of a film by The Little Squares about rising luxury business, The Elder Statesman LOS ANGELES, United States — “Ever since I was a little boy, I always gravitated towards well made things. Always. It was innately in me,” says Greg Chait, the amicable and charming founder of The Elder Statesman, in For The Record, an editorial newspaper to be distributed during Paris

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BoF Exclusive | ‘China’s Oprah’ Hung Huang Picks Her Top 5 Chinese Fashion Talents

Hung Huang | Source: Hung Huang

BEIJING, China — Imagine a brand new China where modern women reject increasingly ubiquitous foreign luxury goods, and their counterfeit reproductions, in favour of raiment designed by local Chinese fashion talent. This is the vision that Hung Huang, the entrepreneurial CEO of China Interactive Media Group and the oft-described “Oprah of China” — she also runs fashion magazine iLook, frequently appears on television as a cultural

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BoF Exclusive | Behind the Tweets: Learning from the Best of the Fashion Twitterati

NEW YORK, United States — To tweet, or not to tweet. That has been the question on many fashion business minds over the past year. Not every brand needs a Twitter account, but if a brand does decide to stake out a presence on Twitter, they should do so with a clear plan in mind and a voice that is consistent with the brand, while also opening up a new point of view. Most of all, Twitter should be a tool for engagement with a

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BoF Exclusive | The New Creative Establishment 2010 — The 50 Most Influential Creative Forces Working in Fashion Today

The New Creative Establishment | Source: INDUSTRIE Magazine

LONDON, United Kingdom — Today, The Business of Fashion brings you an exclusive preview of The New Creative Establishment, a list of the 50 most influential and inspirational creatives working in fashion today, developed by our friends at INDUSTRIE magazine for their second issue which comes out later this month and was inspired by a much-watched list with a similar name published by Vanity Fair called ‘The New

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CEO Talk | Stephanie Phair, Director, TheOutnet.com

Stephanie Phair, Director TheOutnet.com | Source: The Outnet

LONDON, United Kingdom — Nineteen months ago at the time of its launch, The Outnet was better known as Net-a-Porter’s cheap and cheerful younger sister. Now, it seems, the discount fashion retailer is all grown up, and getting an extreme makeover. Each month, The Outnet receives over one million unique visitors, less than ten percent of which overlap with the existing Net-a-Porter customer base. The United States, where The

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Digital Scorecard | Ralph Lauren 4D Projection Mapping

Ralph Lauren 4D at New Bond Street | Photo: Imran Amed

NEW YORK, United States — Last night, two of Ralph Lauren’s flagship stores — the recently opened 888 Madison Avenue and the venerable 1 New Bond Street — became towering, real world canvases for an extraordinary “digital extravaganza,” designed to conjure up and communicate the world of Ralph Lauren at epic scale, demonstrate the brand’s dedication to digital innovation, and celebrate the launch of the company’s “digital flagship”

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