Is Fashion a Credible Platform for Protest?

Vivienne Westwood Red Label Spring/Summer 2015, Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2015, Stella McCartney | Photo Collage: BoF

At Paris Fashion Week, Chanel’s light-hearted, marketing-savvy feminist ‘faux-test’ rang hollow. Can fashion be a credible medium for discussing social issues?

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Colin’s Column | Jean Paul Gaultier, Fashion Incarnate

The Virgin with the Serpents (Kylie Minogue) by Pierre et Gilles, featuring Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2007 | Source: Courtesy Gallery Jérome de Noimont, Paris

As “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” arrives in London, Colin McDowell reflects on the life and work of French fashion’s enfant terrible.

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Sonam Kapoor, Bollywood’s Fashionable Sweetheart

Sonam Kapoor styled by Nikhil Mansata | Photo: R Burman for BoF

BoF columnist Bandana Tewari speaks to 28 year-old actor Sonam Kapoor — daughter of legendary Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor and a member of the recently launched BoF 500 — about the power of entertainment and Bollywood’s unique ability to move the Indian fashion market.

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Gaultier Claws Back on Top as Valentino Dazzles

Source: Associated Press

PARIS, France — "It's all cinema, it's all from film," said Jean Paul Gaultier, summing up haute couture. Paris' enfant terrible seemed to have a point, speaking on the last day of fall-winter shows that have seen spectators transported from apocalyptic opera houses to the circus and flung across the four corners of the globe.

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Week in Review | Contemplating Paris Couture, Golden Lane, Online Vintage, Paris menswear moments

Week in Review January 21-25

Colin’s Column | Is Haute Couture Poised for Reinvention or Irrelevance? (Opinion) “Couture! This magic word was all but forgotten 30-odd years ago, except in the most exalted and privileged of social circles. Since its high point in the late 1940s and 1950s, couture clients had shrivelled away just as the lifestyles the couturiers once clothed had withered as well.” Colin’s Column | Paris Couture Week,

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Colin’s Column | Paris Couture Week, Continued

PARIS, France — The weather was vile, the taxi shortage extreme. The gutters ran with filthy water from melting snow. We slid and slithered in ankle deep slush. In short, Paris was not at its best. But this was Couture Week (well, three days, which is symptomatic of how fashion ‘weeks’ have shrunk, but old habits — and titles — die hard in fashion circles) and we felt privileged to be there. But is everything shown in Paris during

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Lemaire’s charm, Cracks in luxe, Richemont declines, Metrosexuals in China, Missoni mystery

Christophe Lemaire by Patrick Swirck | Source: Hermès

The Discreet Charm of Christophe Lemaire (WSJ Magazine) “It’s been two years since Lemaire was hired to replace Jean Paul Gaultier as the designer of women’s ready-to-wear for Hermès. This accounts for less than 10 percent of the company’s sales and is dwarfed by accessories, which have the advantage of being both more iconic… and more accessible, like its silk scarves, watches and enamel

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Missoni love story, Geo Commerce, Cortazar relaunch, Gaultier’s costumes, Mr Jones’ hats

Schiaparelli & Prada, Impossible Conversations by Ruth Fremson | Source: The New York Times

A love story that sparked a fashion empire (Reuters) “Mention the name Missoni, and most think of a fashion empire that revolutionized textile patterns, spawned the no-bra look on the catwalks, and is now a global brand that designs everything from sweaters to sheets to hotels. But none of it would have happened had it not been for the 1948 London Olympics, where one kind of flame sparked another between Rosita Jelmini and

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Gaultier’s milestone, Asian influences, Luxury conferences go global, Legal issues, TheFancy.com

Jean Paul Gaultier by Ed Alcock | Source: NY Times

The Prime of an Enfant Terrible (NY Times) “Watching Mr. Gaultier — and this is the interesting thing, as he stands with his face pressed close to a wall of mirrors, watching not the model, as she moves, but her reflection — you do wonder if the job still holds the charm it once did… But for some time, the fashion world hasn’t known quite what to make of Mr. Gaultier; the one time enfant terrible turns 60 in

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Fast Retailing targets USA, Nike in China, Hyperluxury, Liz Claiborne reinvention, Jean Paul Gaultier on big screen

Uniqlo New York | Source: Covenants

Fast Retailing sets sights on US expansion (FT) “Fast Retailing is poised to expand aggressively in the US, where it is opening its largest Uniqlo store on Friday, as part of its plan to globalise operations rapidly and reduce dependence on its home market… Fast Retailing, which made its name selling high quality, affordable, casual clothes, is accelerating its overseas build-up, with plans to open 200 to 300 stores

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China’s new woman, Gilt teams with GQ, The role of Resort, SuperGroup bid speculation, Gaultier lands in Montreal

Chinese supergroup Wonder Girls for Chloé | Source: Luxuo

In China, Women Begin Splurging (WSJ) “‘Many people are inclined to believe that gentlemen are generously purchasing luxury gifts for women in China, but our observation is that the great majority [of the buyers] are women who have achieved great success in their business and are now rewarding themselves with the finer things in life.'” GQ, Gilt Groupe Team Up on E-Commerce Site (Ad Week) “Gilt Groupe’s Park

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Luxury optimism, Long live the it bag, Hermès sells Jean Paul Gaultier stake, Prada’s naysayers, Face of the future

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2011 Handbags | Source: Louis Vuitton

Luxury goods set for another record year (Reuters) “The outlook for the luxury goods market has improved significantly in recent months, boosted by a stronger-than-expected rebound in the United States and Europe and surging demand in China, consultancy Bain & Co said.” Why those in the know are no longer in with the It Bag (Independent) “The It Bag is dead! Long live the It Bag!… And that is the new

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