Is Fashion a Credible Platform for Protest?

Vivienne Westwood Red Label Spring/Summer 2015, Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2015, Stella McCartney | Photo Collage: BoF

At Paris Fashion Week, Chanel’s light-hearted, marketing-savvy feminist ‘faux-test’ rang hollow. Can fashion be a credible medium for discussing social issues?

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Karl Lagerfeld, Mr Multitasker

Karl Lagerfeld | Photo: Karl Lagerfeld

For our second annual #BoF500 ‘Polymaths & Multitaskers’ special print edition, BoF meets fashion’s consummate multitasker, Karl Lagerfeld, who manages to balance his work for Chanel, Fendi and his own brand, as well as a steady stream of photography and illustration commissions, by cultivating a zen-like detachment from his work.

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Market Pulse | A Chilly Summer

Savigny Luxury Index July 2014 | Source: Savigny Partners

The Savigny Luxury Index fell a further 3.8 percent this month.  The outlook for the luxury goods sector darkened as disappointing results from industry leader LVMH showed how the strong euro and political protests in Hong Kong were curbing spending and hitting profits.

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Chanel Recalls Le Corbusier in Glittering, Snow-White and Red Collection

Chanel Haute Couture A/W 2015 | Source: Reuters

PARIS, France — Fashion designers and architects are very different animals, but their eye for form and sculpture is the same, which may be why Karl Lagerfeld drew influence from the pioneering architect Le Corbusier for Chanel's Fall/Winter 2014-2015 collection presented on Tuesday.

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