On the Straight and Narrow (IHT) “It is back to the straight and narrow in New York Fashion Week. No more loose and sloppy casual clothes, easy sportswear or girlish frills. Women — grown-up women — are being asked to smarten up.” Who Buys These Clothes? They Do (WSJ) “Many of the runway styles are actually purchased by a small group of customers, not all of them from the isle of Manhattan. And unlike celebrities
Saving Valentino (WSJ) “When Valentino Garavani left the building, he took with him much of what made the label legendary. Can the new designers bring the brand into the future without destroying the past?” A Look That’s Worth a Million Hits (NY Times) “[Explaining] the challenge of modeling clothes online… The process involves ‘selling clothes to people who can’t touch anything… so even if only
The brilliantly eccentric, beautiful and iconic Isabella Blow lived fashion like no other. In the wake of her tragic suicide in 2007, she has inspired a film, a play and two books, including Isabella Blow: A Life in Fashion, a biography by friend of BoF Lauren Goldstein Crowe that’s to be released early next week. Today, in the first of a two part series, we bring you an exclusive excerpt from the book’s Afterword in which Ms.
Sarah Burton steals the show in Paris (Guardian) “It was undoubtedly the most anticipated debut at Paris fashion week… In an extraordinarily beautiful show, Burton succeeded in both being faithful to the late designer’s distinctive design ethos while taking the label into a new era.” In Bloom: Miu Miu Comes of Age (WSJ) “After living in Prada’s shadow for years, the label is finding that its
Bold London fashion seeks way out of recession (Reuters) “London Fashion Week is emerging from the shadow of a recession that has hung over the industry the last few seasons, with confident designers presenting bold creations.” McQueen Moves On to a New Season (WSJ) “Now, as Ms. Burton gears up to unveil her first full women’s wear collection in Paris on Oct. 5, the label faces a tough question: What does it
The future of cheap chic (Guardian) “It was a sign of the times: fashion so cheap it became ‘disposable’… But the days of the £4 jeans and £2 T-shirt could be numbered, with analysts and retailers now warning that the era of constantly reducing prices is coming to an end.” Celebrity Fashion Lines (Forbes) “Celebrity clothing brands are particularly volatile, because their success is closely tied
Relocated labels (FT) “From individual consumers of luxury goods, the Chinese and Indians have become consumers of luxury companies, in a shift that has far-reaching implications for the $80bn (€63bn, £52bn) a year industry.” When luxury brands outsource, should they tell? (Today) “Italy’s Parliament has passed a law that [requires] manufacturers be able to prove that their products were primarily made in
The chic learn to click (Economist) “Luxury firms may at last be waking up to the internet, but they have a long way to catch up… It is odd that an industry that would not be seen dead in last season’s colour is wedded to the last century’s technology.” India’s luxury market remains underdeveloped (CPP Luxury) “The lack of upscale retail space, high taxes and red tape are the main factors which have been hampering
Sarah Burton confirmed as Creative Director at Alexander McQueen (Telegraph) “A statement from Alexander McQueen and its ‘parent’ company, Gucci Group, announced that Burton will supervise the creative direction and development of all collections of the brand going forwards.” New Designer at Hermès (NY Times) “After seven years, Jean Paul Gaultier is giving up his ready-to-wear duties at Hermès and will be
Burberry profit tops forecast, steps up expansion (Reuters) "Luxury goods group Burberry beat forecasts with a 23 percent rise in annual profit, boosted by sales of coats and leather goods, and said it was stepping up its expansion despite a tough economic backdrop." Louis Vuitton lands in London (Guardian) "Welcome to the new Bond Street palace of Louis Vuitton, which takes the dark art of luxury retail to a new level. For starters – despite the racks of handbags, luggage and clothes – this flagship, which opens to the public on Friday, is not – repeat not – a shop." The Japanese love affair with fast fashion (Philippine Star) "The aggressive marketing and advertising campaigns employed by the fast-fashion brands…
Discount Store Is New York Beachhead for Nordstrom (NY Times) “After more than a century, Nordstrom, the upscale department store chain from Seattle, will make its Manhattan debut… But don’t expect $4,000 dresses. Expect 25,000 pairs of discounted shoes, and an automated checkout line more at home in a supermarket than a purveyor of luxury goods.” Jane Shepherdson: why we want what she’s wearing (Times Online)
Needle and Thread Still Have a Home (NY Times) “How is the garment district like a coral reef? A coral reef, as Animal Planet instructs us, shelters diverse species of sponges, snakes, clownfish and barracudas. So does the garment district.” Why Does This Pair of Pants Cost $550? (NY Times) “Even in a season when designers made no secret about reining in prices… it is still possible to walk into a store and
Levi’s Shoots for the High-End Hipster (WSJ) “The 157-year-old company is trying to reinvent itself as not just a purveyor of basics but as an edgier brand suitable for the fashion cognoscenti.” Polo Ralph Lauren: The Winning Streak Continues (Smart Trend) “Shares of Polo Ralph Lauren traded near a new 52-week high yesterday, touching a price of $90.89. Approximately 758,000 shares traded hands yesterday vs.