BoF speaks to industry insiders about the menswear season that just wrapped.
PARIS, France — The staging of this season’s Louis Vuitton menswear show was nothing short of ecclesiastical: a steeple of fresh cut pine bordered the runway’s exit, a singular adornment in a room almost entirely constructed of glass.
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
Asian Designers Make an Impact in Paris (IHT) “Asian designers, whether home based or in the fashion diaspora, are making an impact in the opening days of the Paris men’s 2012 season. Phillip Lim, the Cambodian-American designer based in New York, was smart to come to Paris to show a 3.1 Phillip Lim collection that was simple but laced with the conceptual.” European Luxury-Goods Stocks May Benefit From Weaker Currencies
‘Too Much Pressure,’ Galliano Tells Court (WWD) “John Galliano on Wednesday blamed work-related stress and multiple addictions for a series of public outbursts during which he is charged with uttering racist and anti-Semitic insults at a Paris cafe, but told a French court that he remembered nothing about the incidents.” Out of Africa (IHT) “Kim Jones has started his new role as men’s style director at
A Fresh Breeze of Change (IHT) “This gentle zephyr is bringing a new fashion attitude. Out goes outré, excess and over-elaborate shows. In comes the quiet, no-fuss presentation of pleasing clothes. Freshness is the best word to describe what seems of the moment. Add to that ‘decency,’ meaning that any hint of ‘vulgarity chic’ has gone — and you get the new mood.” Fashion Retailer Asos Sets Up
LONDON, United Kingdom — In 1893, at the age of 21, Alfred Dunhill inherited his father’s saddlery business in London and slowly but surely transformed it into a global business spanning several categories including timepieces, automobile accessories and clothing. In this way, it was the first global luxury men’s brand, paving the way for brands like Ermengildo Zegna, Dior Homme and Tom Ford to follow in its footsteps
Weaving innovation with history (IHT) “I do like fantasy fashion – but I am a realist too,” says Kim Jones of his much anticipated work for legendary British label, Dunhill. UK economy shrinks 1.5% in final quarter (FT) “Britain fell deeper into recession on Friday after new figures revealed the economy contracted by 1.5 per cent in the final three months of last year,” reports the Financial Times. The
There are many paths a young fashion designer can take to achieve fame and fortune. But these paths are often meandering and always challenging. It can take many years for a designer to find their way. Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra first made a name for themselves as masters of the jersey dress -- perhaps a bit of niche market, but one that they had down cold. We met the eccentric and charming duo a couple of years ago when they were first embarking on their careers. We watched as Anna Wintour took a front row seat at their show, signaling the strong support they have from the fashion establishment. At the time, they had started to look for funding,…