Armed with huge sums of money invested at sky-high valuations, fashion start-ups are setting themselves up for failure. But with the right capital structure, any company that can build a brand that delights its customers can be an economic win for all involved, argues Lawrence Lenihan.
More than previous generations, millennnials want social responsibility and transparency from the brands they buy. Fashion companies that fail to change risk losing relevance, argue Maxine Bédat and Soraya Darabi.
Italian Vogue’s domestic violence-themed cover story proves that fashion photography is a powerful medium which can carry important messages, but it should have been stripped of its commercial credits, argues Mimma Viglezio.
Technology will replace products, brands and financial strategies as the key source of value creation for fashion companies, argues Enrico Beltramini.
In today’s reality, retailers who fail to embrace omni-channel strategies powered by connected data risk becoming extinct, argues John Squire.
In the Internet Age, fashion consumers increasingly know what they want long before they visit retailers, undermining the traditional role of department stores and boutiques as curators of style, argues Eugene Rabkin.
In the iPhone Age, fashion week has become one glorified, ridiculous, narcissistic, nauseating selfie, argues Mark C. O’Flaherty.
Despite the rise of e-commerce, offline retail remains a fantastic opportunity for fashion brands, while offering features that digital channels will simply never be able to duplicate, argues Ari Bloom.
The problem with fashion criticism isn’t the lack of honest opinion, but the lack of places to publish it, argues Jason Dike.
In a harsh garment industry, ameliorating the working conditions of women can drive both social impact and greater competitiveness, argues Dr. Maximilian Martin.
Though fashion schools produce thousands of design graduates each year, many of whom fail to launch their own labels or find jobs as designers at fashion houses, the fashion business and adjacent industries need graduates with fashion design degrees like never before, argues Professor Frances Corner, head of London College of Fashion.