Ann Demeulemeester, one of the original “Antwerp Six” designers who has built a successful business around her gothic, bohemian-inspired collections, is set to depart the fashion label bearing her name.
In town for the Flanders Fashion Institute’s “Fashion Talks” conference, Imran Amed reflects on the fashion ecosystem that has taken root in Antwerp.
Eugene Rabkin reports from the celebrations held to mark the 350th anniversary of Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the 50th anniversary of its storied fashion department.
No longer confined to the fringes of fashion, the goth aesthetic is being mined by a wider spectrum of designers, observes Eugene Rabkin.
Luxury shoppers travel to UK for bargains (FT) “The changing appetites of Asian shoppers have driven share prices of luxury groups up and down during the course of 2011… Angela Ahrendts, Burberry’s chief executive, has coined the term ‘Travelling Luxury Consumer’ or TLC to describe its key customer group, arguing this is a more powerful force than the Chinese market alone.” A leg up for Condé Nast
The Tribes of Westwood, Owens and Demeulemeester (The Cutting Class) “While some designers tend to beat to the drum of being on-trend, others have already cultivated their own communities and are even referencing it within their collections. In the recent Ann Demeulemeester, Rick Owens and Vivienne Westwood collections you feel that they are speaking in a language that their customers already know and understand.”