Exclusive First Look: Six Design ‘Iconoclasts’ Interpret Louis Vuitton’s Monogram

Karl Lagerfeld and Frank Gehry for Louis Vuitton | Photo: Karl Lagerfeld for Harper's Bazaar

Today, BoF brings you an exclusive first look at Louis Vuitton’s ‘Celebrating Monogram’ collaboration with six art and design legends: Karl Lagerfeld, Frank Gehry, Cindy Sherman, Marc Newson, Christian Louboutin and Rei Kawakubo, each of whom have re-imagined the fashion powerhouse’s iconic monogram.

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Class Action: The Fashion Brands Training Tomorrow’s Artisans

Brunello Cucinelli cashmere artisans | Source: Studio di Sante Castignani

Struggling to recruit skilled craftsmen, fashion companies have moved to tackle the deficit, launching new schools to train the next generation. BoF brings you a look at how these brands are preserving their craft, courtesy of Wallpaper* magazine.

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Vintage timepieces, Luxury stocks rebound, Alex’s empire, Talking to Peter Marino, Anna’s business

Asprey Vintage Regulator Detail | Source: Asprey

Time Warp (WSJ) “In the past couple of years, more and more guys I talk to have been going vintage when it comes to watches… It’s the inevitable pushback against the highflying hedge-fund era, when the pursuit of luxury meant the quest for highly conspicuous quality and lots of it.” Luxury stocks bounce back as Japan stabilizes (Globe and Mail) “Luxury stocks jumped Monday on growing optimism that the

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An Inflection Point in Menswear?

Band of Outsiders A/W 2011 | Source: Band of Outsiders

On the eve of the menswear shows at London Fashion Week, our Tokyo Associate Contributor W. David Marx considers an inflection point in menswear trends. TOKYO, Japan — On the streets of Tokyo, the heritage look still rules. The patchwork tweed jackets and rough wool bowties in the windows of “select shop” boutiques like Beams Plus and United Arrows’ Beauty & Youth continued to draw a steady crowd last autumn. But after two

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Outerwear in focus, Wisdom of crowds, Artisanal touches, Condé Nast Newsstand, Carine Roitfeld on fashion’s future

Alexander Wang Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: Style.com

Addicted to Love (IHT) “New York Fashion Week seems to be ‘Addicted to Love,’ as the sound track puts it. But a new generation of twentysomething designers has a tougher, less hearts-and-flowers way of dealing with romance, and more fashion sense about practical needs for the autumn 2011 season after the current harsh winter.” The ‘in’ crowd (FT) “Forget dictating the trends, these days brands are

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China looms large, Beckham seeks longevity, Direct messaging the wealthy, The legacy of Savile Row, Alber and Suzy

Maggie Cheung for Lane Crawford | Source: Pomegranita

China Looms Large in Luxury Industry’s Vision (NY Times) “If heritage is the tool fashion houses have turned to in the wake of the global financial crisis, then the actual market the luxury industry sees guaranteeing its future is China… while China booms, the industry is turning back to basics with more mature markets.” Victoria Beckham looking to build her label slowly (Reuters) “Victoria Beckham is

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The future of heritage, Luring Chinese consumers, Contradictory market reports, Asos profits soar, Pugh to Pitti

Gucci Autumn/Winter 2010 featuring the Heritage Collection | Source: Gucci

Heritage Luxury: Past Becomes the Future (IHT) “The subject of heritage is red-hot because, faced with fierce global competition, brands have to decide which way to go: back to the comfort zone of craftsmanship and quality…fast forward into the world of live screening and e-commerce; or a delicate balance between the two?” In China, the Lure of Patrimony (NY Times) “When it comes to attracting China’s new

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