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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Mini fashion moguls, Man shops Net, All Saints rescue deadline, Elie Saab story, Lunch with Vidal Sassoon

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen | Source: Andrew Hetherington for Newsweek

Look, Ma, We’re Fashion Moguls! (Newsweek) “With their high-end label The Row, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have such a grown-up hit on their hands that even Michelle Obama wears their clothes.” Man Shops Net (WSJ) “Sites like the dapper Mr Porter, an extension of Web retail pioneer Natalie Massenet’s empire; avant-garde portal Oki-ni; Southern-bred start-up Lyonstate and flash-sale favorite Gilt Man and

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