Colin’s Column | The Fabled Charles James

Ball gowns by Charles James | Source: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, Copyright (c) Condé Nast

On the eve of the gala to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute and celebrate the launch of this year’s fashion exhibit, “Charles James: Beyond Fashion,” Colin McDowell looks back at the life and work of the designer who Christian Dior called “the greatest talent of my generation.”

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Op-Ed | The End of the $1 Billion Fashion Brand

Rail of clothes | Source: Shutterstock

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.

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Op-Ed | Violence Is Not Pretty, But It Can Hide Behind a Pretty Face

'Horror Story' in Vogue Italia May 2014 | Source: Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia

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.

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Colin’s Column | Jean Paul Gaultier, Fashion Incarnate

The Virgin with the Serpents (Kylie Minogue) by Pierre et Gilles, featuring Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2007 | Source: Courtesy Gallery Jérome de Noimont, Paris

As “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” arrives in London, Colin McDowell reflects on the life and work of French fashion’s enfant terrible.

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