LONDON, United Kingdom — Now that the dust has settled on the last of the four major international runways, it’s time to take stock. Watching the shows, I was reminded of British artist Richard Hamilton’s comment on Pop Art, which he described as “transient, expendable, low-cost, mass-produced and… big business.” This seems an almost spookily apt description of at least 70 percent of the collections I have seen this season,
Balenciaga: A Fantastic Futurist (NY Times) “The show was Balenciaga’s version of workplace clothes for the 21st century. And from the service personnel at the entrance, in sweaters slashed with a graphic line, to the I.T. department, in serviceable jumpsuits, the result was a faultless parade from a fantastic futurist.” Chris Burch Steps Down As Co-Chair of Tory Burch (The Cut) “We can confirm that Chis Burch has
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For Her New Look, Beyoncé Goes Under the Radar (IHT) “The difference, this time, is in her choice of designers. Instead of sticking to major fashion houses like Versace, Gucci, Prada or Chanel, the singer has thrown the spotlight on a number of up-and-coming designers whose names are likely to be unfamiliar to all but the most diehard fashion followers.” Luxury group Hermes raises 2011 sales forecast (Reuters)
John Galliano on Dior, Fashion and Style (WWD) “Over the next hour he engages in ebullient conversation that is both thoughtful and as entertaining… In addition to addressing [the beautifully redone store], he will discuss his own creative process, anoint a mysterious Brit designer a rising star and argue quite convincingly that the best birthday parties happen in London.” Phoebe Philo wins Designer of the Year