Op-Ed | For Musicians, Fashion’s Double-Edged Sword

(L) Azealia Banks in '212' music video; (R) An outtake from '1991' album cover | Source: Azealia Banks

The worlds of music and fashion have long embraced each other to mutual benefit. But emerging musicians should tread carefully when courted by the fashion industry, lest they dilute their authenticity and alienate fans, argues Delphine Roche.

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Op-Ed | Alibaba’s Catch-22

A Gucci wallet of unverified origin listed on Taobao | Source: Taobao

Stuck in a ‘catch-22’ in its relationship with luxury brands, Chinese e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba should take a page from Google, maximising revenue in the short term, while buying critical time to build enduring relationships with Western brands, argue Brian Buchwald and Joshua Neckes.

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Op-Ed | Finding My Next Move: Lessons Learned and Why Customisation is the Future

A piece from Giambattista Valli that can be customised on Tinker Tailor | Source: Tinker Tailor

Just over a year after leaving Moda Operandi, entrepreneur Áslaug Magnúsdóttir reflects on lessons learned, her new venture Tinker Tailor and why customisation is the next wave in fashion e-commerce.

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Op-Ed | Unmasking Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela couture A/W 2015 | Source: Nowfashion.com

Last week’s unveiling of Matthieu Blazy as Maison Martin Margiela’s head designer may have seemed like another casualty of the age of Instagram. But our modern over-exposed world is actually not a threat but an opportunity — if luxury brands can manage anonymity the right way, argue Joe McShea and Lucian James.

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