This season, no single moment dominated the fashion conversation. But there was still lots to talk about. Today, BoF brings you our bi-annual post-fashion month feature, The Season That Was.
PARIS, France — Today, our trusty contributing lensman Sonny Vandevelde brings us photo dispatches from the backstage of the Chanel, Sacai, Paco Rabanne, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Valentino and Stella McCartney shows.
Luxury Labels Are Scaling Up for China’s Year of the Snake (WSJ) “Luxury brands are rolling out a menagerie of merchandise to capitalize on the holiday, which marks Asia’s biggest shopping season. And more Western brands are getting in on the Year of the Snake, pushing snake- and red-themed goods, from Vacheron Constantin’s $150,000 watch with an engraved snake etched onto its face to the serpentine,
Berlin’s Ku’Damm in Style as West Draws Hip Shops (Business Week) “The decision by fashion brands such as Hermes and Louis Vuitton to focus on west Berlin has shifted attention away from Friedrichstrasse, the eastern strip that attracted most retail investment after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.” Hong Kong retail: as the rich go to Paris, the rest go mid-market (FT) “The very wealthy Chinese appear to be
PARIS, France — The weather was vile, the taxi shortage extreme. The gutters ran with filthy water from melting snow. We slid and slithered in ankle deep slush. In short, Paris was not at its best. But this was Couture Week (well, three days, which is symptomatic of how fashion ‘weeks’ have shrunk, but old habits — and titles — die hard in fashion circles) and we felt privileged to be there. But is everything shown in Paris during
Picking a Winner Amid a Field of Bold Theories (NY Times) “There are a number of theories as to why Michelle Obama, who has generally spread her fashion love around to many designers, would select the same one for both of her inaugural gowns. An obvious one is that she likes a Jason Wu dress.” Leon And Lim: Kenzo’s Cool Comeback Kids (The Daily Beast) “The new Kenzo customer continues to evolve under the pair’s
LONDON, United Kingdom — It’s that time again when we take a look back at the people, places and innovations that have defined the year in the business of fashion. And what a year it’s been. From the debuts of new heavyweight designers at megabrands Dior and Yves Saint Laurent to the flurry of digital innovations and the rising markets of India, China and Brazil, we’ve covered it all. It was also a particularly special year for
Finding Your M.O. | Part 13: Planning Your Time (Education) “In 2000, I graduated from business school and joined McKinsey & Company as a generalist consultant. My very first project was an organisational design project for a multinational corporation and I was tasked with conducting an analysis of how the company’s CEO was allocating his time.” Colin’s Column | Fashion Tomes of the Times (Opinion) “The making
Chanel’s Scottish Touch Warms Up the Scottish Highlands (IHT) “The Chanel show that Karl Lagerfeld put on last week at Linlithgow Palace, near Edinburgh, was spectacular in every sense of the word. The burning braziers, sending quivering light over old stone, and the dinner held in a tented space, arising like magic on the hillside, were outshone only by an exceptional collection.” H&M Launches First Global
Balenciaga Taps Alexander Wang (IHT) “Alexander Wang on Monday became the first designer of Asian descent to enter the highest ranks of Parisian high fashion when he was named creative director of the storied house of Balenciaga.” Hugo Boss dresses in the fast lane (FT) “In the four years he has been in charge Mr Lahrs has reduced development times for collections, moved from two to four collections per year and
Tamara Mellon’s Next Step (NY Times) “Last November, when Tamara Mellon suddenly left Jimmy Choo, the shoe company she helped build into a global juggernaut, taking with her a reported payout of roughly $135 million, she did so without much explanation. The only thing close to an official statement was a message, sent out to her roughly 12,000 followers on Twitter, thanking them for their support and signing off with,