NEW YORK, United States — Today, we look back at the first few days of New York Fashion Week with a selection of behind-the-scenes images from the Creatures of the Wind, Prabal Gurung, Victoria Beckham, Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, Jason Wu, Rag & Bone and Suno shows, shot by trusty lensman Sonny Vandevelde.
In what has become a bi-annual BoF tradition, editor-in-chief Imran Amed looks back at the fashion season that’s just come to a close.
The Savigny Luxury Index has gained good ground in September and is up by 3.7 percent, outperforming the MSCI World Index by over one percentage point, as Asian tourist flows to Western fashion hubs remain strong and the world’s largest luxury conglomerates snap up young designers, reports Pierre Mallevays of Savigny Partners.
NEW YORK, United States — Kering, the luxury conglomerate formerly named PPR, has taken a minority stake in Altuzarra, the label founded in 2008 by French-American designer Joseph Altuzarra. The deal was finalised yesterday, only days before the label is scheduled to show its Spring 2014 collection at New York Fashion Week, and announced by Altuzarra and Kering this morning.
Today, Joseph Altuzarra is championed by fashion industry opinion-leaders Carine Roitfeld and Jenna Lyons, and stocked at some of the world’s best stores. BoF talks to the designer about how he built his brand and the breakthrough Fall 2012 collection that helped to crystallise his signature design template.
Today, BoF founder and editor-in-chief Imran Amed kicks off Right Brain, Left Brain, a new column on his observations at the intersection of business, creativity, and the global fashion industry. LONDON, United Kingdom — In 2006, when I first started exploring the fashion industry, there was one book that became my bible. It wasn’t a book about the fashion business. It was a book called Sample, published by Phaidon, which showcased
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
Kenneth Cole to take company private (FT) “Fashion designer Kenneth Cole is taking the publicly traded company that bears his name private in a deal that values it at $279m… Mr Cole drew on a number of sources to finance the deal, according to people familiar with the company.” Brooks Brothers eyes Indian market (FT) “Brooks Brothers has formed a joint venture with Reliance Brands Limited, a part of Reliance
Gucci Accuses Guess of Massive Design ‘Knock Off’ Scheme (Bloomberg) “Gucci, a unit of Paris-based, sued in 2009 claiming that Los Angeles-based Guess was selling items in stores and online with logos that are ‘studied imitations of the Gucci trademarks.’ The trademarks include a green and red stripe design, a square G, the designer’s name in flowing script and a diamond pattern with repeating interlocking G’s,
Sometimes the Point Is Hard to See (NY Times) “What do you want from a designer? You want a look, not a million things. You want a single inspiring look that you didn’t have yesterday. And that’s why Joseph Altuzarra’s tough coats (in all kinds of classic materials) worn with blousy cargo pants tucked into tight, over-the-knee black boots worked.” U.S. designers lag European labels in wooing China (Reuters)
Giambattista Valli is Officially a Couturier Now (The Cut) “Giambattista Valli showed his first couture collection in Paris earlier this year, as a guest of France’s Chambre Syndicale… The process for designers to be granted full, official appellation and membership usually takes five years, but Valli’s status has been upgraded after hyst the one collection.” The problem with pre-fall (FT)
Can You Trust the Editorial Integrity of Personal Style Blogs? (Fashionista) “Whether it’s by partnering with brands, styling shoots, receiving payment (or free product) for writing posts or getting commission on the sale of items they post about, some bloggers are seriously cashing in on their influence… But as blogs make the transition from personal style diaries to profit-turning businesses, some readers have begun to feel that
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