A Couture Stage Beyond Paris: Destiny, Dream or Delusion?

Chinese couturier Guo Pei at Asian Couture Week in Singapore, October 2013 | Source: Asian Couture Week

As fashion’s centre of gravity moves steadily south and east, driven by the changing global distribution of both wealth and fashion creativity, Paris’ monopoly on the dazzling couture trade is being challenged by a handful of new overseas events with their own ideas about couture.

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Paris, Fashion’s Global Melting Pot

Phillip Lim Menswear Autumn/Winter 2014, Paris | Source: Nowfashion

Thirty-five of the fifty designers showing this week in Paris have made the trek from foreign countries to present their work at a menswear showcase with an incredible mix of cultures and labels. BoF reports.

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Cole to go private, Brooks Bros. India, Wang rebuttal, Ascendant Altuzarra, Didier Grumbach

Kenneth Cole Spring/Summer 2012 Campaign | Source: Kenneth Cole

Kenneth Cole to take company private (FT) “Fashion designer Kenneth Cole is taking the publicly traded company that bears his name private in a deal that values it at $279m… Mr Cole drew on a number of sources to finance the deal, according to people familiar with the company.” Brooks Brothers eyes Indian market (FT) “Brooks Brothers has formed a joint venture with Reliance Brands Limited, a part of Reliance

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Why Isn’t the World’s Fashion Capital Producing More Emerging Fashion Businesses?

Cedric Charlier | Source: Courtesy Photo

As fashion month comes to a close in Paris, BoF examines the prospects for the city’s young fashion designers. PARIS, France — In today’s global fashion ecosystem, New York and London are veritable hotbeds of emerging designers. Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler and Joseph Altuzarra in New York and Mary Katrantzou, Jonathan Saunders and Christopher Kane in London are just a few of the rising names who have been able to

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Didier Grumbach | Fashion’s creative pragmatist

Dior Haute Couture by John Galliano, Spring/Summer 2007

PARIS, France — In a fascinating interview with The Taipei Times, Didier Grumbach, President of the Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt à Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode (sometimes known as the Chambre Syndicale), provides his point of view on the role of haute couture in the fashion business today, encourages young designers to manufacture in China, and welcomes luxury conglomerates like LVMH and PPR as a

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