At the Paris men’s shows, BoF spends the day with ‘Insta-famous’ male model Lucky Blue Smith, who has attracted a veritable cult on social media.
Will fashion’s fetishisation of extreme youth ever end?
BoF speaks to industry insiders about the menswear season that just wrapped.
China vs. America: Who Loves Shopping More? (Forbes) “Americans are portrayed as the world’s ultimate consumers… But a new survey says that consumers in China were more than twice as likely as Americans to not only enjoy clothes shopping, but to love it… They’re consuming in a particularly conspicuous, showy fashion.” In Paris, Sensuality Saves the Day (NY Times) “Maybe it’s too many hours on Twitter
What will be a luxury in the future? (BBC) “The traditions of old luxury – the luxury of things – are awfully dull for new consumers. They want to be touched emotionally by their experiences, and there are new priorities, such as ethical concerns and sustainability.” Sportswear Rules (IHT) “Tailoring can be fresh in shape, color and texture. But in spite of the games designers play to juice up a suit —
Bernardo Huberman explains HP Labs research | Source: Youtube Got Twitter? You’ve Been Scored (NY Times) “Imagine a world in which we are assigned a number that indicates how influential we are… If your influence score is low, you don’t get the promotion, the suite or the complimentary cookies. This is not science fiction. It’s happening to millions of social network users.” Skirting the Issue of Gender (IHT)
The Luxury Frontier (WSJ) “What happens when a country previously hindered by vastness and foreign rule awakens to wealth on its doorstep? With Louis Vuitton on one corner and one of the world’s largest gold deposits down the road, the previously nomadic society of Mongolia is putting down some rich roots.” Paris Men’s: Dude Surfers (On the Runway) “The Paris men’s shows could always surprise with a great
‘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
Fashion Crowdsourcing Panel at DLD (DLD Conference) “The Fashion Panel was all about the use of crowdsourcing for fashion brands. Vanessa Friedman moderated the talk with Natalie Massenet from the online luxury fashion retailer Net-A-Porter, who shortly before won the Aenne Burda Award, the Creative Adviser of H&M, Margareta van den Bosch and Scott Galloway, Professor of Marketing at NYU. The main discussion focussed on
Paris Men’s: Fashion Hams and the Home Front (NY Times) “Despite some of Mr. Helbers’s knowing design details, especially in the mix of textures, the dark clothes were plain enough to make you seem invisible, one more dude in the lonely crowd. But if you can afford Louis Vuitton, would you want that distinction?” An Exclusive Sit-Down with Alexandre Plokhov (MANual) “Like pretty much everyone else who follows