Colin’s Column | The Focused Modesty of Azzedine Alaïa

Alaïa S/S 1991 | Source: Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

On the eve of a major retrospective on Azzedine Alaïa, curated by Olivier Saillard and staged at the newly re-opened Musée Galliera, Colin McDowell reflects on the life and work of the great couturier.

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Colin’s Column | What is Wrong with Haute Couture and Fashion Today

Mona Bismarck wedding dress by Cristobal Balenciaga | Source: monabismarck.org

Today we are honoured to welcome Colin McDowell to our team of contributing editors at The Business of Fashion. In his regular column, we will hear his personal stories, reflections, and insights from over thirty years working in fashion as a designer, educator, critic and commentator. PARIS, France — In the wake of the couture shows in Paris, I have been thinking about what is wrong with current couture and, indeed, fashion

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Italy’s Chinese secret, Fairtrade fashion, Sir Philip Green’s plans, Balanciaga retrospective, Master plumassière

Lisa B for Fairtrade | Source: Telegraph

Made in little Wenzhou, Italy: the latest label from Tuscany (Guardian) “Pronto moda involves importing cheap fabric, usually from China, and getting it made up to order at breakneck speeds into high-fashion garments that are then sold with ‘made in Italy’ labels.” Fairtrade goes fashion (Telegraph) “The bods at Fairtrade have upped the fashion ante for Fairtrade cotton’s fifth anniversary this

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