Marc Jacobs: Getting into the fray

In what is what is likely a first in the fashion industry when it comes to the blogosphere, Marc Jacobs has joined the ongoing online debate raging about his supposed row with Suzy Menkes, the highly regarded fashion editor of the International Herald Tribune. In his comment on Cathy Horyn's On the Runway blog, Jacobs says: I did NOT stick my tongue out at Suzy Menkes……I pulled a stupid face with my tongue out in happiness for being done with what has been a great but most stressful season for me. I am not stupid, childish or a vindictive person….I had prior to the show left a silly t-shirt and a nice note for Suzy on her seat. Why would…

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Fashion 2.0: A cut, sew and blog above

When Malcolm Harris, one of the designers behind the Katsumi & Malcolm label which was once financially backed by Madonna, wanted to launch a new brand, he knew he needed to do something singularly different. Harris is the man behind Cut, Sew & Blog which has got young fashion insiders and the blogosphere buzzing and is already spawning internet spoofs. By turning to web 2.0 technologies and using sites like Myspace and Youtube to promote his new label, Malcolm may be the first fashion designer ever to build his entire business strategy around the use of the Internet, as opposed to treating it as a cosmetic afterthought. He recently answered a few questions from the Business of Fashion to explain…

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Street Clash: Aggregating global street style

I recently came across Street Clash, the innovative global street style competition which is creating a buzz in the fashion blogosphere. The blog brings together the Sartorialist-style photos from cities around the world, pitting Melbourne against Kiev against San Francisco against London...all vying for the honour of being declared the city with coolest street style, voted on by the Street Clash's readers. It's the second round of the competition, and Paris and London are already out of the running, demonstrating that the best style isn't necessarily in the established fashion capitals. For example, I wasn't too surprised to see my old hometown, Montréal, one of the most fashionable cities in the world, beat my current hometown, London. But, when I…

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Everyone’s talking about: Fashion blogging

One amazing thing about the fashion blogosphere is that it is global, in the truest sense of the word. Major brands and media everywhere are sitting up and taking notice of this phenomenon, and smart journalists are questioning how this will change the industry going forward. Candy Soo of Hong Kong's pre-eminent English language daily, The South China Morning Post, recently published an article on the growing influence of fashion blogs and how the industry is (slowly) coming to terms with it. The article interviews bloggers behind several fashion blogs, including The Business of Fashion, and handbag designer Rafe Totengco talks about how he uses his blog to promote his brand and solicit feedback from his clientele. Thank you to…

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Style.com: Sartorialising

WWD reports today that Style.com has concluded an agreement to sell advertising on the Sartorialist blog maintained by Scott Schuman, a former fashion industry staffer who left a fashion sales showroom to create one of the best known blogs in the fashion blogosphere. Women's Wear Daily said: A fashion label may get the best endorsement when its wares show up on a well-dressed city dweller photographed for fashion industry veteran Scott Schuman's popular blog The Sartorialist. But for those who want more direct brand promotion, Style.com and Men.style.com will begin to sell ads forThesartorialist.blogspot.com beginning Sept. 1.... ...The partnership is the first time the CondéNet properties have sold ads for a brand outside the company stable. Schuman's blog, where he posts…

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Cathy Horyn: Video on the Runway

It seems every few weeks I come across some interesting quotes from or video clips of Cathy Horyn of the New York Times. As one of the first major fashion critics to pen a regular blog, it's not surprising that she believes in the importance of blogging to the fashion industry. Regular readers know that this is a recurring topic on the BoF, especially after what I heard from some industry people at the Harvard Business School Retail and Luxury Conference earlier this year. This is a video I came across where Julie Fredrickson of Coutorture attempts to interview Ms. Horyn on the topic of Web 2.0 and fashion. I use the word "attempts" intentionally. As you will see, by…

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Links of the week: Ecko, Underwear, Blow, Fashion Inc

CIT: Behind the Business - Mark EckoI enjoyed this series of video interviews with Mark Ecko, the graffiti artist-turned fashion entrepreneur,  who  founded  *ecko unltd which is now a multi-brand fashion and apparel company with combined annual revenues of $1.2b. Mark also shares nuggets of  insight at eckolog, a blog on running a creative business. New York Times: Coloured undies This is an article which shows how finding and developing an underserved, ignored or altogether empty market niche can be one of the best ways to build fashion and apparel brands. Novelty underwear, in bright patterns and colours, from the likes of Ginch Gonch, Aussie Bum and American Apparel, is a rapidly growing market segment, says the article by David…

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Fashion Television: Sartorialist, Blogging, Ford and Mentorship

In Canada, many young aspiring fashionistas cut their teeth on Fashion Television (or FT), hosted by Jeanne Beker. I accidentally happened upon the site recently and came across a veritable treasure trove of video content that is relevant to some of the topics recently debated and discussed on The Business of Fashion: Fashion blogging Any regular readers of this blog know that I have been a big fan of the Sartorialist, aka Scott Schuman, since I first came across his site almost two years ago. His was the first blog of any sort to really catch my attention because there was something really powerful about seeing clothes that are styled by real people on the street. It brings the clothes…

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Links of the week: Tom Ford, Fashion 2.0, Kate Moss for Top Shop and Chloe’s future

Top fashion business links for the week of 30 April, 2007: New York Times - No Store is a Hero to its ValetEither the New York Times really has it in for Tom Ford (perhaps he spurned and interview request or declined an editors request for a discount?) or there is a real issue with Tom Ford's new eponymous business. First, Cathy Horyn criticized Ford's new business for being too niche and too grand (after Ford had provided her with a private tour - you can't buy this woman's vote) and today, in its Critical Shopper feature, Horacio Silva pans the store for confusing "exclusionary for exclusive." Modabot.de - Brave New Internet World - How the Internet is changing the…

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Cathy Horyn: On the runway

Although I don't always agree with her critical opinions, I have really been enjoying reading Cathy Horyn's new blog for the New York Times: On the Runway. Not only does Cathy use a more casual (sometimes downright catty) voice than in her NYT reviews, she has also started to attract a real community of fashion lovers who are engaging with each other (and with Cathy) actively through blog comments. Several characters have started to develop in the "On the Runway" community, including Autre, who has clear and well-stated views on many of the collections that Cathy has reviewed and on her reviews themselves. A veritable online frenzy often ensues, debating everything from Miucca's fabrics and Dries' prints to Stefano's cuts…

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The Sartorialist strikes again

This evening, as I was making my regular rounds of favourite fashion blogs, I spotted a photo of my friend Sarah that was taken by The Sartorialist (for Style.com) at the Louis Vuitton show on Sunday. In typical Sarah fashion, she has her phone in her hand and was probably busy texting when Scott asked to take her photo. It is also typical of Sarah to look beautiful in the most natural way. Photo courtesy of Scott Schuman for Style.com.

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