Conjuring Couture

Dior Haute Couture A/W 2013 | Source: Courtesy

The vision that drives a fashion house is born from the head and heart of the designer. But behind the scenes, an entire Creative Class — from producers to image-makers to makeup artists — help to conjure up the magic of that vision and communicate it to the world. Explore members of fashion’s Creative Class on the newly launched BoF 500.

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Sonam Kapoor, Bollywood’s Fashionable Sweetheart

Sonam Kapoor styled by Nikhil Mansata | Photo: R Burman for BoF

BoF columnist Bandana Tewari speaks to 28 year-old actor Sonam Kapoor — daughter of legendary Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor and a member of the recently launched BoF 500 — about the power of entertainment and Bollywood’s unique ability to move the Indian fashion market.

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Adrian Joffe, Tending the Garden of Comme des Garçons

Adrian Joffe | Photo: Thomas Lohr for BoF

Comme des Garçons has quietly grown a global multi-brand fashion business that now generates $220 million in revenue per year. BoF talks to Adrian Joffe — president of Comme des Garçons International, retail guru behind Dover Street Market and a member of the recently launched BoF 500 — about tending the precious root of creativity from which the company’s unconventional collections and business strategies both derive.

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The Creative Class | George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, Interior Designers

George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg | Photo: Nick Garcia

BoF sits down with interior designers George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg — creators of store environments for Lane Crawford, Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman and others — to discuss their personal and professional journey.

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The Creative Class | Linda Wells, Editor

Linda Wells | Source: Allure

To coincide with Allure’s annual “Best of Beauty” awards, BoF spoke with founding editor-in-chief Linda Wells about the magazine’s robust growth, adapting to the digital age, editorial integrity and the publication’s influential “Best of Beauty” seal, created along with the awards in 1996 and now licensed to brands and retailers.

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The Creative Class | Maria Luisa Poumaillou, Buyer

Maria Luisa | Source: Courtesy photo

Maria Luisa Poumaillou has gone from owning one of the most influential fashion boutiques in Paris to transforming venerable department store Printemps into a serious fashion destination, along the way enabling the careers of some of the greatest names in fashion. Now, on her way to conquer the Chinese market with a slew of new stores and her own fashion brand, the legendary buyer sat down with BoF to share her story.

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