The Creative Class | Gwenaël Nicolas, Interior and Product Designer

Gwenaël Nicolas | Source: Courtesy

Gwenaël Nicolas has a problem with gravity, likes to present industry leaders with mysterious boxes and is on a mission to make people curious. He is also increasingly sought-after by luxury brands to design retail spaces that shine with intelligence. The Creative Class is supported by CLIO Image, an awards show honouring creative excellence in fashion, beauty and retail.

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Karl Lagerfeld, Mr Multitasker

Karl Lagerfeld | Photo: Karl Lagerfeld

For our second annual #BoF500 ‘Polymaths & Multitaskers’ special print edition, BoF meets fashion’s consummate multitasker, Karl Lagerfeld, who manages to balance his work for Chanel, Fendi and his own brand, as well as a steady stream of photography and illustration commissions, by cultivating a zen-like detachment from his work.

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Fendi Touts Dolce Vita as Owner LVMH Relies on Brand for Growth

Fur room in Fendi boutique, London | Source: Courtesy

PARIS, France — Think of Rome and you might picture the birthplace of western civilization, the Vatican or Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. Luxury-goods maker LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA wants you to dream of Fendi.

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Fashion Firm Loro Piana Eyes Future After Takeover

Loro Piana | Source: Loro Piana

MILAN, Italy — Loro Piana, an Italian luxury textiles maker and fashion house, is so particular about its materials that it bought its own natural reserve in the mountains of Peru to protect the vicuna, an endangered species that yields a precious wool.

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Photo Diary | MFW, Day 1-2: Gucci, Alberta Ferretti, MaxMara, Fendi, Just Cavalli and Prada

Gucci Spring/Summer 2014 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

MILAN, Italy — BoF contributing photographer Sonny Vandevelde brings us backstage imagery from the Gucci, Alberta Ferretti, MaxMara, Fendi, Just Cavalli and Prada shows, held on days one and two of Milan Fashion Week.

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A $38,000 Handbag? For World’s Ultra-Rich, the Cost of Accessories Can Be Astronomical

Oprah Winfrey | Source: Associated Press

ZURICH, Switerland — In the upscale boutiques of Singapore, New York or Zurich — where Oprah Winfrey claims a sales clerk refused to show her a $38,000 bag — purses priced in the four figures are common.

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The Creative Class | Vincent Darré, Artistic Director and Interior Designer

Vincent Darré | Photo: David Atlan

Fashion’s eccentric punk polymath, Vincent Darré, talks to BoF about his under-age education at famous Paris nightclub Le Palace, working with Karl Lagerfeld, designing furniture and his new gig at L’Officiel magazine.

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