Looking Back at a Historic Paris Fashion Week

Dries van Noten Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Nowfashion.com

Today, Jessica Michault, editor-in-chief of Nowfashion.com, shares her thoughts on the Paris Fashion Week collections. PARIS, France — Each season, as the international fashion flock winds its way from New York to London to Milan, there is usually a gradual yet perceptible build up of excitement for what comes last: Paris Fashion Week. After all, it’s here in the City of Light where the best and brightest designers from around the

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A Wake-Up Call for YSL’s PR Team

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PARIS, France — A few weeks ago, Yves Saint Laurent’s PR team wrote to BoF, asking that we edit a tweet. We had shared one of the striking new Saint Laurent campaign images with our followers, referring to the campaign as ‘Saint Laurent Paris.’ Brands often write to thank us for sharing their advertising campaigns with our community, but this was the first time that a brand had written asking us to rewrite a tweet. What was the

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Week in Review | Tectonic shifts in Paris, Thamanyah by Ahmed Abdelrahman, Blogger transparency, MFW Photo diary

Week in Review September 24-28

Raf Simons, Hedi Slimane and the Tectonic Shifts of the Paris Fashion Establishment (Insight & Analysis) “With fabled fashion innovators Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane scheduled to make their respective ready-to-wear debuts at Dior and Saint Laurent, two of French fashion’s most iconic houses, the stage is set for a historic Paris Fashion Week.” The Spotlight | Thamanyah by Ahmed Abdelrahman (Emerging Designers)

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Raf Simons, Hedi Slimane and the Tectonic Shifts of the Paris Fashion Establishment

A look from Dior Couture Fall/Winter 2012 | Source: Nowfashion.com

PARIS, France — With fabled fashion innovators Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane scheduled to make their respective ready-to-wear debuts at Dior and Saint Laurent, two of French fashion’s most iconic houses, the stage is set for a historic Paris Fashion Week. And indeed, the conversation amongst editors, buyers and other industry insiders assembling here in the world’s fashion capital is charged with palpable excitement. BoF spoke to

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Olympics economy, Discounting in India, Lucky aggregator, Luxury in the Bronx, YSL backlash

Lucky screen shot | Source: Luckymag.com

Retailers fear Olympics might ring hollow (FT) “Optimism that the games would generate a rise in economic activity, to offset the effects of the recession and the eurocrisis, has given way to scepticism as the opening ceremony creeps closer.” Global luxury brands put up sale signs to woo first-time buyers (Economic Times) “International luxury brands such as Chanel, Christian Dior and Burberry have started

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Making Sense of the YSL Retrobranding

PARIS, France — When Hedi Slimane was appointed creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, last March, YSL’s parent company, PPR, gave the designer “total creative responsibility for the brand image and all its collections.” Only a few months into the job, Slimane has started with a bang, dropping the first name of the company’s iconic founder in a significant rebranding — from “Yves Saint Laurent” to “Saint Laurent Paris” — sending

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Celebrating Yohji, Instagram’s platform, Hedi’s debut, Wintour and Galliano, Rookie’s first print

Ilaria Venturini Fendi | Source: Vogue.it

Yohji Yamamoto’s Museum Style (Interview) “Yohji Yamamoto, champion of the avant-garde, has built an empire crafting ready-to-wear clothing brilliantly complex in texture, fabric, and tailoring… Opening today, the Japanese designer’s work will be celebrated in Israel for the first time at Design Museum Holon, as part of a series of traveling museum exhibitions.” Instagram Becomes a Springboard for

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New Couture, Hard luxury, Brothers in innovation, Return of the Czarinas, Jack Wills’ entrepreneur

Alexander McQueen Couture 2012 | Source: Too Clothes Minded

Couture Is Seeding Itself (IHT) “Discreetly, almost imperceptibly, haute couture has re-seeded itself, without any artificial insemination. Across the fashion world, houses built on ready-to-wear are exploring the possibilities of, or just quietly joining, the universe of high fashion.” Fashion follows trend for hard luxury (FT) “As the fashion industry descends on Paris this week for the haute couture shows, one

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Family affairs, YSL drops ‘Y’, Inside Savile Row, Kickstarter’s growth story, The New Guard

Joseph and Karen Altuzarra | Source: Vogue

Mum’s the word for designers (FT) “As a new generation of young des­igners challenges the usual definition of ‘family business’ by turning to their parents, especially the mother, as employees, understanding such familial tropes and how they may affect their corporate partnerships is increasingly important.’We call it a ‘reverse succession’, and we are seeing it more and more.'” YSL set for name change

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Christian Dior Looks to Raf Simons

Raf Simons | Source: Hypebeast

PARIS, France – Late Monday in Paris, Christian Dior SA named Raf Simons as its new artistic director, ending more than one year of speculation and rumour following the departure of John Galliano, who was suddenly removed from his role after an anti-semitic outburst at a Paris bar in March 2011 and the subsequent release of a video of Mr Galliano making similar rants at the same bar a few months earlier. “It is with the

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Colin’s Column | Designer Hokey Pokey

(Clockwise L-R) Ricardo Tisci, Phoebe Philo, Raf Simons, Hedi Slimane, Sarah Burton, Jil Sander

LONDON, United Kingdom — Now that the dust has settled on the last of the four major international runways, it’s time to take stock. Watching the shows, I was reminded of British artist Richard Hamilton’s comment on Pop Art, which he described as “transient, expendable, low-cost, mass-produced and… big business.” This seems an almost spookily apt description of at least 70 percent of the collections I have seen this season,

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Autumn/Winter 2012 | The Season That Was

Future of the Fashion World's Front Row | Source: Jessica Michault Twitter

PARIS, France — What does it take to create a true fashion moment? This season, the answer would seem to be either the high-profile dismissal of a longstanding creative director just days before his fashion show, or a massive budget to create a larger-than-life fashion spectacle that not only captures the imagination of show-going industry insiders, but generates striking imagery which plays out on livestreams, social media, and

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Hedi Slimane returns, Relevance prevails, Made in China, Isabel Toledo’s world, Mini supermodel

Hedi Slimane Source Fashion Magazine

Yves Saint Laurent confirm Hedi Slimane as their new creative director (Telegraph) “Putting an end to weeks of rumours and speculation, French luxury fashion house Yves Saint Laurent have this morning confirmed Hedi Slimane as their new creative director following the recent departure of Stefano Pilati.” Relevance Proves Its Worth (IHT) “Stefano Pilati has given his last showfor Yves Saint Laurent, a seven-year

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