Photo Diary | Paris Fashion Week, Days 1-6: Dries van Noten, Rick Owens, Lanvin, Dior, Stella McCartney

Dries van Noten Spring/Summer 2014 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

PARIS, France — Today, contributing photographer Sonny Vandevelde brings us backstage imagery from the Anthony Vaccarello, Dries van Noten, Damir Doma, Manish Arora, Balmain, Rick Owens, Lanvin, Dior, Acne and Stella McCartney shows at Paris Fashion Week.

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Photo Diary | PFW, Days 1-2: Damir Doma, Dries van Noten, Balmain, Rick Owens, Lanvin

Mugler A/W 2013 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

PARIS, France — Straight from Paris, BoF’s contributing photographer Sonny Vandevelde brings us backstage imagery from the Anthony Vaccarello, Damir Doma, Dries van Noten, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Gareth Pugh, Mugler, Manish Arora, Balmain, Rick Owens and Lanvin shows, held on the first and second days of Paris Fashion Week.

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Rousteing in at Balmain, Savile Row’s royal role, Cutting costs sustainably, Coach profit soars, Q&A: Sozzani

Olivier Rousteing | Source: Fashionologie

Olivier Rousteing Named New Designer at Balmain (T Magazine) “The new era at Paris’s sex-charged fashion house Balmain is beginning to take shape, with Olivier Rousteing being tapped as the label’s new designer. Rousteing, who joined Balmain in 2009 and is currently in charge of women’s wear.” Savile Row tailors on dressing the royal groom (Telegraph) “Last week, David Cameron briefly stole the limelight from Kate

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Decarnin exits Balmain, Reviving Russia, Boom time in Australia, Twitter’s brand pages, Ruth Hogben live

Christophe Decarnin | Source: Homme a la Mode

Balmain Exit (Vogue UK) “Christophe Decarnin is leaving Balmain after spending five years as creative director. A successor has not yet been appointed…. Decarnin joined the French fashion house in 2005 as a designer before being made the creative director in November 2007. He is largely credited for introducing the rock and military-inspired look… that the label is currently known for.” Reviving the Russian

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Next for Hermès, John Lewis bounces back, The Balmain template, YSL’s tomorrow, Remembering Gianni

What’s Next: Luxury Products (WSJ) “Pierre-Alexis Dumas embraces innovation. But as the sixth-generation member of his family to lead, in his case, the creative end of the French luxury house Hermès, he must uphold tradition, as well.” John Lewis Adds to Evidence Of February Sales Bounce (NY Times) “Bellwether retailer John Lewis posted another double-digit percentage rise in weekly sales as wet weather

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A Tale of Value and Three Pairs of Shoes

Dunhill Shoes

LONDON, United Kingdom — There’s been quite a lot of talk about value lately. But what does value really mean, and how are different consumers evaluating their purchases? Dunhill recently held a private sale in a discrete space in a Mayfair alley with some deeply discounted prices. It’s something many luxury companies have been doing to help shift stockpiles of their products in a way that doesn’t damage the

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CEO Talk | Sara Ferrero, Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Group

Sara Ferrero, CEO of Joseph Group

LONDON, United Kingdom — Sara Ferrero is one of those once rare but increasingly common fashion executives who spent the early part of their careers outside the fashion industry. After six years at McKinsey & Company, the management consultancy, she entered the fashion business at Furla, the Italian accessories brand. Under her leadership, Furla’s retail sales tripled to over 360 million euros in less than five years.

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Friday Column | A Tale of Three Revivals

The Last Balmain, courtesy of Style.com

PARIS, France — I’m in Paris for the collections, after sitting last season out. It’s funny the way everything looks different when you’re actually here. Take Balmain, for instance. I assumed, from what I read in the press after last season’s showing by designer Christophe Decarnin, that it was the collection du jour; the one that everyone adored, adored, adored. It turns out that well, this is not really

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Friday Column | Russians, Recession and Really, Really Expensive Jeans

Balmain jeans | Source: Courtesy Rex Features

LONDON, United Kingdom — If one wanted an indication that nothing is ever going to be the way it was in luxury, this was the week to watch. Forget about Karl Lagerfeld’s paper accessories at the Chanel haute couture show (a gimmick if there ever were one.) Consider instead the dichotomy of two of the most interesting items in this week’s fashion news. First, that Tom Ford is bringing out jeans with a $990 price tag in the midst of

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