NEW YORK, United States — Wingtips aren’t just for men anymore. Retailers such as Saks Inc. and Barneys New York Inc. are selling women scores of men’s dress shoe styles redesigned with different proportions or new materials.
Op-Ed | Toxic Chemicals in Clothing Make All of Us Fashion Victims (Opinion) “Nobody wants to be a fashion victim. Desperately chasing the ever-elusive ‘cool,’ fashion victims are generally perceived as ‘try-hards,’ those who sport the latest trends and buy into transient fads, regardless of fit or personal style.” The Next Chapter of Content and Commerce Integration (Fashion 2.0) “Since the very birth of fashion
Manolo Blahnik: ‘There is nothing charming about a woman who cannot walk in her shoes’ (Guardian) “The tremendously satisfying thing about Manolo Blahnik, the man, is that he is exactly the way you picture him. The singleminded fashion obsessiveness of Anna Wintour is spiked with the belle-epoque-bonkersness of Ab Fab’s Patsy and housed in the body of Hercule Poirot.” Philip Green’s Arcadia year
Versace upbeat after return to profits (FT) “Gianni Versace, the Italian fashion house known for its high-wattage glamour, has returned to profit after a three-year hiatus, underlining a turnround at the brand after it almost collapsed during the financial crisis. Net profit at the fashion house led by Donatella Versace, sister of murdered designer Gianni, rose to €8.5m last year, up from a loss of €22m in 2010.”
What Drives Stella McCartney (NYT) “She may be one of the most interesting designers in the world today, but when she started out, the fashion world didn’t have many nice things to say about Stella McCartney… Where she has succeeded since then is in designing for exactly who she is. Now 40 years old, she has developed a witty, down-to-earth approach to dressing women like her.” Cucinelli Upbeat Ahead of IPO (WWD)
His not hers (FT) “It’s a man’s world where luxury goods are concerned. At least judging by recent moves from two of fashion’s biggest players: in November, PPR acquired Italian tailor Brioni and LVMH appointed Antoine Arnault to head up the expansion (including a move into ready-to-wear) of its men’s footwear label Berluti.” Executive Education in a Material world (FT) “From fine wines and fast cars, to handbags
In His Shoes (NY Times) “This is the tale of the little stiletto that could, a shoe that in the long-ago days of the luxury-goods boom scampered to the top of a rarefied heap. It was just a handful of years ago that the name of Manolo Blahnik, a 68-year-old London cobbler born in the Canary Islands, was familiar only to hard-core fashion hunters and residents of ZIP code 10021.” Prada forecasts China sales to triple in
“Thomas has such potential. The couture of it, the lines – his work is exceptional and wonderful.” Legendary shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, commenting Tuesday night on the incredible potential of Thomas Tait, winner of the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize. Thomas was first featured in The Business of Fashion in May, and most recently following his stellar, hush hush London Fashion Week debut