Simons Confidently Evolves his Vision for Christian Dior

PARIS, France — The fourth day of Paris Fashion Week saw Raf Simons unveil the latest chapter of his journey after nearly a year at the design helm of Christian Dior. Following his acclaimed debut last year, the pressure has been stacked on the Belgian designer to deliver again in what is only his second ready-to-wear show in one of the most influential jobs in fashion.

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Right Brain, Left Brain | The Making of Pattern

Pattern: 100 Fashion Designers, 10 Curators | Source: Phaidon

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

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Coach shares slump, Couturier virtues, Tod’s in line, Freedom in Paris, Vogue tops ad pages

Valentino couture by Valerio Mezzanotti | Source: NY Times

Coach handbag sales take hit, stock slumps (Reuters) “Coach Inc on Wednesday reported weak holiday-quarter results and unveiled a new strategy for shoes and clothing, spooking investors with the notion that the days of strong demand for its premium leather handbags may be numbered.” And Precisely So (NY Times) “The designers are learning to use the extraordinary skills of a couture atelier to be more self-critical

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Photo Diary | 10 Fashion Moments in Paris for Menswear A/W 2013

Raf Simons A/W 2013 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

PARIS, France — As the Paris menswear shows concluded on Sunday evening with Hedi Slimane’s menswear debut for Saint Laurent, some notable figures in the crowd of menswear buyers and editors quietly grumbled that this was a lacklustre season. But as always, the enterprising Sonny Vandevelde was backstage to capture those off-the-cuff moments that can make even a ho-hum fashion week feel a bit more exciting. Standout shows

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Spring/Summer 2013 | The Season That Was

Hedi Slimane versus Raf Simons, as see by the fashion media | Source: WWD, BoF, IHT and The Cut

LONDON, United Kingdom — Whereas previous fashion seasons were dominated by designer departures, meltdowns and final exits, this season the narrative focused on two of the fashion world’s most celebrated designers, Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane, and their respective ready-to-wear debuts at two of the industry’s most important houses, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. On the first day of Paris Fashion Week, BoF ran

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Looking Back at a Historic Paris Fashion Week

Dries van Noten Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Nowfashion.com

Today, Jessica Michault, editor-in-chief of Nowfashion.com, shares her thoughts on the Paris Fashion Week collections. PARIS, France — Each season, as the international fashion flock winds its way from New York to London to Milan, there is usually a gradual yet perceptible build up of excitement for what comes last: Paris Fashion Week. After all, it’s here in the City of Light where the best and brightest designers from around the

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Week in Review | Tectonic shifts in Paris, Thamanyah by Ahmed Abdelrahman, Blogger transparency, MFW Photo diary

Week in Review September 24-28

Raf Simons, Hedi Slimane and the Tectonic Shifts of the Paris Fashion Establishment (Insight & Analysis) “With fabled fashion innovators Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane scheduled to make their respective ready-to-wear debuts at Dior and Saint Laurent, two of French fashion’s most iconic houses, the stage is set for a historic Paris Fashion Week.” The Spotlight | Thamanyah by Ahmed Abdelrahman (Emerging Designers)

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Raf Simons, Hedi Slimane and the Tectonic Shifts of the Paris Fashion Establishment

A look from Dior Couture Fall/Winter 2012 | Source: Nowfashion.com

PARIS, France — With fabled fashion innovators Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane scheduled to make their respective ready-to-wear debuts at Dior and Saint Laurent, two of French fashion’s most iconic houses, the stage is set for a historic Paris Fashion Week. And indeed, the conversation amongst editors, buyers and other industry insiders assembling here in the world’s fashion capital is charged with palpable excitement. BoF spoke to

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Marc’s optical illusions, Mispelaere exits DVF, Arnault shake up, Virtual models, Legal accessory

Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: NY Times

Marc Jacobs: Optical Allusions (IHT) “The Jacobs theory is to take an opposing stand: Whatever he did last season — layered, textured outfits with romantic big fur hats — goes into reverse for the next collection.” Yvan Mispelaere leaves Diane von Furstenberg (Telegraph) “French-born Mispelaere, who began his tenure at the DVF in April 2010, announced his unexpected departure just 48 hours after showing his last

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Raf Simons speaks, Hermès growth slows, China fashion in London, Leather art, Olympic fall guy

Raf Simons on his Dior couture debut (Telegraph) “Speaking in a video posted on Dior’s official YouTube page, Simons explains the concept behind his much-lauded collection and how it felt entering into a house with such rich history in his first interview since the July 2 show.” Hermès sales growth slows as economies falter (Reuters) “French luxury goods maker Hermès said second-quarter sales growth slowed

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Colin’s Column | Making the Case for a Modern Couture

Christian Dior Couture Autumn/Winter 2012 by Raf Simons

PARIS, France — Strange people in the fashion world. Take Dior. The couturier who founded the house with money provided by Marcel Boussac, the cotton baron, was secretive and superstitious, always looking for traitors hiding behind curtains. And nothing much seems to have changed since the man described by Cecil Beaton as “the Watteau of couturiers” first took the fashion world by storm in 1947, the year in which Christian Dior

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Raf’s Dior romance, Schiap’s house, Digital luxury, Eyeing Dr. Martens, The Kooples uncouples

Dior Haute Couture | Source: Hello

Simons Starts Triumphantly at Dior (On the Runway) “The hardest thing to realize in fashion is that the future lies in the past. The second hardest thing is to forget the past. That precise turn of mind is what Raf Simons showed on Monday as he took control of Dior.” Schiap’s House Reborn (NY Times) “The mover and shaker behind the rebirth of the house of Schiaparelli is Diego Della Valle of Tod’s, who has created

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New Couture, Hard luxury, Brothers in innovation, Return of the Czarinas, Jack Wills’ entrepreneur

Alexander McQueen Couture 2012 | Source: Too Clothes Minded

Couture Is Seeding Itself (IHT) “Discreetly, almost imperceptibly, haute couture has re-seeded itself, without any artificial insemination. Across the fashion world, houses built on ready-to-wear are exploring the possibilities of, or just quietly joining, the universe of high fashion.” Fashion follows trend for hard luxury (FT) “As the fashion industry descends on Paris this week for the haute couture shows, one

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