No longer confined to the fringes of fashion, the goth aesthetic is being mined by a wider spectrum of designers, observes Eugene Rabkin.
In a three-part report, BoF examines New York City’s ever-shifting retail landscape. Today, we consider the rise and recasting of the Meatpacking District.
Luxury Brands Stake Out New Department Store Turf (WSJ) “As the luxury market rebounds, powerful global brands including Gucci, Prada and Dior are starting to press for more control over the way their products are presented and sold in U.S. department stores. The goal is to chip away at the old sales model used for decades by American department stores and instead operate a store-within-a-store.” All Saints fashion
Look, Ma, We’re Fashion Moguls! (Newsweek) “With their high-end label The Row, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have such a grown-up hit on their hands that even Michelle Obama wears their clothes.” Man Shops Net (WSJ) “Sites like the dapper Mr Porter, an extension of Web retail pioneer Natalie Massenet’s empire; avant-garde portal Oki-ni; Southern-bred start-up Lyonstate and flash-sale favorite Gilt Man and
In Milan, Trying to Leap the Obstacles (NY Times) “Maybe reality is always too unreal without time to reflect, but the problem now seems acute for designers. Many say they don’t have time to design in the traditional sense: exploring new fabrics and shapes. Some have unusual corporate pressures. Their instinct, then, is not to look around them but to adapt the myths of the last few hundred years, be they Mods, flappers or
Down From the Stratosphere, Gaga-Free (NY Times) “Fashion is having a post-crash dress-up fix. As if to tune out the futurists and the sportswear revivalists, and maybe have a little more fun, designers are fluffing hair, adding giant orchids and evoking the heady mauve warmth of an Antonio Lopez drawing.” The W Word: Fashion Tries Wearability (WSJ) “To designers at New York Fashion Week, ‘wearable’
All Saints smashes sales targets after low-key New York launch (Retail Week) “All Saints has put British fashion firmly on the global map after it racked up sales of nearly $1m (£680,000) in its first week of trading on New York’s Broadway. ” Weak euro helps European luxury through crisis (Reuters) “Italian jeweler Bulgari (BULG.MI), fashion house Valentino and French handbag maker Longchamp are among those who
Can Private Equity and Fashion Look Good Together? (Bloomberg) “Private equity and fashion are a bad combo, kind of like pairing a Dior dress with Ugg boots. That at least was the established wisdom until March, when Apax Partners sold Tommy Hilfiger for $3 billion, quintupling its investment in the American clothier in just four years.” All Saints secures extra funding on strong results (Retail Week) “Fashion