On the eve of London’s first art book fair, BoF talks to specialist book dealers and their fashion-world clientele about the special role that physical books still play in the creative process.
In London, two exhibits pay homage to the raw, rebellious and deliriously inventive energy of the British capital’s creative underground, which trickles up to the catwalk like nowhere else.
LONDON, United Kingdom — Just when you thought London Fashion Week had reached it’s apogée, along came another stellar season of shows from London-based designers who are setting the pace for fashion around the world with their vibrant digital prints, cutting-edge development techniques, and kooky concoctions and accessories. All the while, our favourite roving backstage photographer, Morgan O’Donovan, was documenting
LONDON, United Kingdom — It was a fashion season of extreme weather. After the New York Fashion Week schedule was upended, first by an earthquake and then by the State of Emergency declaration that came courtesy of Hurricane Irene, an unprecedented heat wave in Paris threw buyers, editors and bloggers into a wardrobe tailspin. The American editors were worst off, having packed for the European shows two weeks before Paris with no
Hermès Scores Victory in Battle With LVMH (NY Times) “Hermès won a major victory Thursday in its battle to torpedo a potential takeover by its larger rival LVMH after a court cleared the French luxury group’s plans to create a holding company that will lock in descendants of the founding family for 20 years.” Ungaro Departure (Vogue UK) “Giles Deacon has left his position as creative director of Emanuel Ungaro… Deacon’s
Retailtainment: the future of shopping? (Independent) “An extension of previous high-concept… These concept stores provide the kind of entertainment designed to make you – or at least your children – leave the premises grinning from ear-to-ear as you reel from your experiential day out. This is Retailtainment.” In Nigeria, ‘Lace’ Market Reflects Rising Middle Class (WSJ) “No longer reserved for
PARIS, France – The process of writing this season’s wrap-up left a somewhat bitter taste in my mouth. Looking back, several of the most salient themes from this round of fashion weeks involve unsavoury behaviour, gossip and highly unprofessional comments from some of the industry’s most important figures. Whether it was John Galliano’s inexcusable anti-Semitic rant captured on video for the whole world to watch, the scrum of
Prada Prods China’s Elite (WSJ) “For Prada, in particular, the Chinese market is critical. The company is expected to announce this week plans for an initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Its valuation would likely be higher in Hong Kong than in other market.” Chanel swaps pearls and operatic grandeur for T-shirts and flats (Guardian) “‘This is the way young women dress nowadays,’
Giles Deacon’s Ungaro debut (Independent) “Deacon, who became creative director of this grand French fashion house in spring this year, said he wanted to take it back to its distinctly French roots – and he has done just that.” Is this the future of media? (Independent) “Many companies have, in recent years, moved into the customer publishing sector, distributing their own glossy magazines to their client
Sarah Burton confirmed as Creative Director at Alexander McQueen (Telegraph) “A statement from Alexander McQueen and its ‘parent’ company, Gucci Group, announced that Burton will supervise the creative direction and development of all collections of the brand going forwards.” New Designer at Hermès (NY Times) “After seven years, Jean Paul Gaultier is giving up his ready-to-wear duties at Hermès and will be
Giles Deacon confirmed as Creative Director of Ungaro (Vogue.com) “The new appointment is bound to bring a close to an unsettled atmosphere at the French house that has reigned since Emanuel Ungaro himself retired in 2004.” (RSS and email subscribers: watch exclusive BoF interview here) Phillips-Van Heusen beats, but Tommy weighs in Q2 (Reuters) “Analysts had been expecting a bigger boost from Tommy Hilfiger, the
FLORENCE, Italy — In the world of menswear, January is a full-on month of trade fairs and fashion shows. The super-charged schedule of activities begins with Pitti Uomo, continues on to Milan where mega Italian brands like Gucci, Prada and Armani unveil their collections, and concludes with a bang in Paris, where established Parisian fashion houses like Lanvin and Dior Homme show alongside a cornucopia of international designers
When a Bottom Line Isn’t Just About Profit (New York Times) “As the fashion industry struggles with a global economic downturn and a rapidly changing consumer landscape, qualities that are at the heart of family and owner/founder businesses, like a consistent vision and a long-term approach, seem to be helping those companies ride out the storm.” Fashion house Celine says 2009 year of transition (Reuters)