LONDON, United Kingdom — The fashion universe has always been a bit of a self-contained bubble to outsiders. Those too-tall models in acres of silk? Those outlandish shoes you can't walk in? The dresses that cost as much as a small car? Nice to look at, but hardly a part of most people's lives. The organizers of London Fashion Week, which kicked off Friday, are hoping to change that perception.
In a city where big shows can mean just that, BoF examines the rise of London Collections: Men and the business impact on the brands taking part.
BoF editor-in-chief Imran Amed recaps the week in the business of fashion.
A number of prestigious retailers have been squeezing young London designers on payment terms and, in some cases, failing to pay on time, which can be debilitating for emerging fashion businesses. These practices must be stopped.
After several seasons of struggling to gain traction, Ostwald Helgason is firmly on the ascent. But how did the label go from false starts to a prominent and rising position on the global fashion radar?
British Fashion Gets a Web Dynamo (IHT) “This month Natalie Massenet, the founder of Net-a-Porter and Internet guru to the fashion world, will throw her might behind London Fashion Week. As the newly appointed chairman of the British Fashion Council, she will use her power to promote designers not in their traditional role as funky and cool, but as major players in a global arena.” Carlyle, KKR among Maje, Sandro
Paul Smith: still the best of British (Telegraph) “‘Quirky and cool’ work well to encapsulate his output, from his first boutique in Nottingham in 1970 selling standard shirts with colourful stitching around the buttonholes, to a business empire that today stretches to 75 countries, with a turnover of £400 million.” H&M August sales hit by warm weather (Reuters) “World no.2 fashion retailer Hennes
BoF Exclusive | Natalie Massenet to be named Chairman of BFC (BoF Exclusive) “The Business of Fashion has learned that Natalie Massenet, founder of pioneering fashion e-commerce website Net-a-Porter, is soon to be named the new chairman of the British Fashion Council (BFC), replacingHarold Tillman, who has been chairman of the organisation since 2008.” Finding Your M.O. | Part 7: Going Global (Education) “Today’s