The Best of BoF | Top Articles of 2012

Best of BoF 2012

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

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Week in Review | Looking back at London, Managing investors, Future of retail, LFW Photo diary, Diana Vreeland

Week in Reivew 17-21 September

Colin’s Column | Looking Back at London (Opinion) “Are we talking about London Fashion Week or a festival of childish self-indulgence? For me, fashion design is about cut, shape, body and proportion, as it always has been. But sadly, many of the recent London shows featured banal shapes hidden under a riot of digitally created patterns, sometimes in the crudest of colours. Finding Your M.O. | Part 8: Managing Your

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Colin’s Column | Remembering Diana Vreeland

Remembering Diana Vreeland | Photo: Priscilla Rattazzi, dianavreeland.com

To coincide with the release of the documentary film “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel”, contributing editor Colin McDowell recalls the legendary editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. LONDON, United Kingdom — I first met Diana Vreeland at lunch in an Italian castle just outside Rome in the late 70s. It was a hot and sultry day and, although everyone there spoke English, albeit heavily accented in many cases, I think she was

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CFDA honours, Luxury rising, H&M diversifies, Blogging pros and cons, Sacred Vreeland

Ashely and Mary Kate Olsen at the 2012 CDFA Awards | Source: Styleite

Fashion Awards, on Speed Dial (NY Times) “The CFDA show, at Lincoln Center, may have been the fastest in memory, helped by the fact that John Waters, the director and writer, gave awards to both the actor Johnny Depp and Rei Kawakubo, the designer of Comme des Garcons, who were missing in action.” Luxury goods sales to rise 7 pct per year (Reuters) “Global sales of luxury goods should rise 7 percent a year through

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Colin’s Column | Fashion Tomes of the Times

Vogue: The Covers | Source: mostmagnific.com

LONDON, United Kingdom — There are two ways in which a fashion magazine can be successful: either by featuring clothes with which the reader can identify or by stimulating the reader’s imagination. It is the old tussle between commerciality and creativity. Except, of course, it isn’t a tussle that existed before fashion magazines became mass market and needed to chase and keep readers who, for most of the twentieth century, never

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NYFW 10 years on, Richemont sales rise, The move to Lincoln Center, Virtual closets, Diana Vreeland

Tory Burch | Source: Accessories Magazine

Fashion Week, 10 Years Later: A Bond Forged in Tragedy (NY Times) “It is but a small footnote to history that the 9/11 terrorist attacks happened on what was to have been the fourth day of New York Fashion Week for the spring 2002 season… In the days that followed, many designers, as they struggled to make sense of their world and resume the daily business of fashion, arranged simple presentations… But for the

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