Best in Class at Central Saint Martins: Drew Henry

Drew Henry Graduate Collection | Source: Drew Henry

LONDON, United Kingdom — For several decades now, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design has developed a global reputation for pushing the boundaries of fashion. For the lucky few who pass through its doors, a degree from CSM culminates in the highly-anticipated press show, which is a platform for CSM’s brightest stars to shine. And so, in what has become a CSM rite of passage, today students from the college’s BA Fashion

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The Spotlight | Craig Green

Papier-mâché luggage with cotton tunic and trousers by Craig Green | Photo: Morgan O’Donovan

LONDON, United Kingdom — Menswear designer Craig Green may have only finished his MA in fashion design at Central Saint Martins last month, but the 25-year old is already turning heads. Of course, it helps that his digitally printed tie-dye collection of cotton trousers, tunics and sculptural wooden and papier-mâché accoutrements tied with Luke Brooks to win the prestigious L’Oréal Professional Creative Award. And judging by

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BoF Exclusive | Inside CSM: Preview of Top 5 Designers from MA Fashion

Central Saint Martins King Cross Campus | Photo: John Sturrock

LONDON, United Kingdom — Central Saint Martins’ MA fashion course is praised the world over for consistently producing the industry’s most exciting new designers. From the late great Alexander McQueen to industry darling Phoebe Philo to wunderkind Christopher Kane, the school has produced many of fashion’s most influential creative forces. Headed by Professor Louise Wilson OBE, whose tough love approach to teaching is almost as

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LVMH and CSM alliance, Mellon exits Jimmy Choo, Branded luxury jewellery, Big in Japan, Digital catalogs

Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: The Consumerism

LVMH and Central St Martins Partnership (Vogue UK) “Central St Martins new Kings Cross building will feature a state-of-the-art lecture theatre sponsored by LVMH. The luxury conglomerate has also announced plans for a scholarship programme to recruit promising designers from the university for its stable of brands.” Tamara Mellon leaves Jimmy Choo (FT) “Tamara Mellon has stepped down from Jimmy Choo, the footwear and

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Toasting Fred Hayman, Prada IPO over subscribed, Fashion victory, Philip Treacy on Ascot, CSM’s big move

The Fred Hayman Place sign, Los Angeles | Source: Fred Hayman Archives

Fred Hayman: The man behind Rodeo Drive (LA Times) “He’s been called the godfather of Rodeo Drive. And it’s not all hyperbole. Before Beverly Hills was the land of designer logos… Hayman was an architect of luxury in Los Angeles, bringing high fashion, a social shopping atmosphere and white glove service to what was still a sleepy main street when he went into retail in 1967.” Prada IPO five times

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BoF Exclusive | The New Creative Establishment 2010 — The 50 Most Influential Creative Forces Working in Fashion Today

The New Creative Establishment | Source: INDUSTRIE Magazine

LONDON, United Kingdom — Today, The Business of Fashion brings you an exclusive preview of The New Creative Establishment, a list of the 50 most influential and inspirational creatives working in fashion today, developed by our friends at INDUSTRIE magazine for their second issue which comes out later this month and was inspired by a much-watched list with a similar name published by Vanity Fair called ‘The New

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Pucci sans prints, Oscar eyes London, Niche brands out of favour, Online sales up, CSM serves up drama

Emilio Pucci in his workshop, 1950s | Source: Life in Italy

Without the Prints, Can It Still Be a Pucci? (WSJ) “Under the hand of designer Peter Dundas, the six-decade-old fashion house is reinventing itself as an It brand. In the process, it is shifting its emphasis from kaleidoscopic cruisewear to cocktail dresses and sweeping gowns.” Oscar de la Renta continues expansion (Reuters) “‘We continue to offer, and continue to sell, $20,000-plus off-the-rack

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It’s Time Fashion Schools Got Down to Business

Thomas Tait’s Sketchbook | Source: Thomas Tait

LONDON, United Kingdom — Each year, more than 4,000 design students graduate from fashion colleges across the UK.  But there are only about 500 new jobs available for them, leaving thousands of young designers to move abroad or start their own labels. The vast majority of these have absolutely no business training whatsoever. For Thomas Tait — one of the most buzzed-about new graduates from Central Saint Martins, one of the

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George Davies GIVes, Prada remains upbeat, Yoox sales up 50 percent, Tamara Salman exits Liberty, CSM fashion stars

George Davies | Source: George Davies

George Davies has further designs on women (Guardian) “The man who invented Next and George at Asda is launching a spring collection with a brand new label. …GIVe – Davies’s fourth attempt to capture the hearts and minds of British women.  With the launch of its spring collection only days away, he cautiously reflects: ‘We are where I hoped we’d be when we set off. Overall, I’m

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Friday Column | Business vs. Fashion?

LONDON, United Kingdom — I just finished reading the interview with Jane Rapley, the Head of College at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in this month’s Luxury Briefing, and I couldn’t help but think that for a school that prides itself on being progressive, she sounded behind-the-times when it comes to the way the industry works and what her students need to thrive in it. Take for instance her answer to the

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Inside the Studio | Giles Deacon | Chapter I

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“Unstructured exploration…” In the years before he became an overnight household name in the United Kingdom, when Linda Evangelista walked down his runway for free, Giles Deacon spent more than 10 years exploring — not the world, but rather the people and environment in which he lived. The first chapter of Giles’ story explains how he came to be a fashion designer and launch his own label, GILES. It reveals

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