Perry Ellis’ legacy, Gieves & Hawkes for sale, New Bergdorf CEO, New York report, Dior remix

Perry Ellis by Norman Parkinson | Source: NY Times

Perry Ellis Still Has Something to Say (NY Times) “For men of a certain generation, the Perry Ellis look of the early ‘80s was a classic: impeccably constructed khaki pants and a crisp white or blue cotton shirt, perhaps paired with a buttery soft trench coat, all of it conveying a kind of effortless elegance.’ When Perry Ellis was alive, no one did it better,’ Michael Bastian, the men’s wear designer, said

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Christian Dior Looks to Raf Simons

Raf Simons | Source: Hypebeast

PARIS, France – Late Monday in Paris, Christian Dior SA named Raf Simons as its new artistic director, ending more than one year of speculation and rumour following the departure of John Galliano, who was suddenly removed from his role after an anti-semitic outburst at a Paris bar in March 2011 and the subsequent release of a video of Mr Galliano making similar rants at the same bar a few months earlier. “It is with the

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Colin’s Column | Designer Hokey Pokey

(Clockwise L-R) Ricardo Tisci, Phoebe Philo, Raf Simons, Hedi Slimane, Sarah Burton, Jil Sander

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,

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Autumn/Winter 2012 | The Season That Was

Future of the Fashion World's Front Row | Source: Jessica Michault Twitter

PARIS, France — What does it take to create a true fashion moment? This season, the answer would seem to be either the high-profile dismissal of a longstanding creative director just days before his fashion show, or a massive budget to create a larger-than-life fashion spectacle that not only captures the imagination of show-going industry insiders, but generates striking imagery which plays out on livestreams, social media, and

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A rare talent, Fashion saddles up, American Apparel rises, Adidas in China, British style in Paris

Givenchy Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

Why Was the Designer Raf Simons Dismissed? (NY Times) “You don’t find many galvanizing examples of talent in other creative fields — and it’s hard to imagine an executive taking time on his day off to look at someone else’s runway show. But that’s how talented Mr. Simons is.” Sex in the Saddle (IHT) “What is it about women and horses? A trend toward a coltish look — short, taut jackets, curving jodhpur pants and

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Photo Diary | 10 Fashion Moments at Milan Fashion Week A/W 2012

A swan song for Raf Simons at Jil Sander | Photo: Morgan O'Donovan for Dazed Digital

MILAN, Italy — The tone was immediately set for an emotional Milan Fashion Week when Jil Sander announced that this would be Raf Simons’ last season as its creative director. Mr Simons made way for the return of Jil Sander herself to the label she has left twice before. Thus, Mr Simons’ swan song was all the more poignant, a tour-de-force collection tinged with emotion, that made this the singular defining moment of the

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Raf Simons to Leave Jil Sander; Namesake Designer Set to Return

Jil Sander and Raf Simons | Source: InStyle and Grazia Daily

MILAN, Italy — The ongoing musical chairs amongst creative directors at major European fashion houses took an interesting, unexpected turn on Thursday, as Jil Sander announced that Raf Simons’ would leave Jil Sander, while rumours swirled that Jil Sander herself, the founder of the brand, was set to return after having fallen out with previous management twice in the past. Mr. Simons, the rumour mill said, was set to replace

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Seoul magnet, Simons in Dior hat, Burke to Bulgari, Karl’s Indian ode, Refinery29 culture

Bernard Arnault | Source: WWD

S.Koreans go mass-market, online for luxury goods (Reuters) “Sixty years ago, war-torn South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world. Now it is the world’s 13th largest economy and a magnet for luxury goods, prying open the wallets of its wealthy people as well as tourists. Indeed, the country’s appetite for high-end labels has led to the christening of a Louis Vuitton handbag as the

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Quotable | Raf Simons Says A Fashion Business Without Structure Won’t Work

Raf Simons photographed by Willy Vanderperre | Source: Fantastic Man

“What I’ve learned about working with a big company like Jil Sander is how important the structure is. You can have ideas and you can have money, but if the structure isn’t right, if everybody at design and management and marketing and sales isn’t in the same key, it’s not going to work.” Raf Simons speaking to Gert Jonkers, editor of Fantastic Man, for Issue No. 14, Autumn and Winter 2011

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Suzy Menkes: Sources Say Raf Simons To Take Over At Yves Saint Laurent

PARIS, France — We usually leave ‘breaking news’ stories to the wire services and Twitter, and don’t like to propagate unsubstantiated rumours, but sometimes the news is so big, and the source of the rumour is so credible, that it warrants immediate comment and analysis from BoF. In her rapturous review of Raf Simons’ Spring/Summer 2012 collection for Jil Sander, the highly-respected fashion editor of

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The Fashion Trail | A Jil Sander Sorbet and Burberry’s Acoustic Treats

Jil Sander Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Pitti Imaggine

MILAN, Italy — This season, BoF dipped its toes a bit deeper into the waters of the Italian men’s fashion scene, starting with Pitti Uomo and moving on to fashion week in Milan. And, as the fashion circus moves on to Paris tomorrow, my fashion fantasies are still lingering on the outstanding presentation by Raf Simons for Jil Sander Spring/Summer 2011 at the stunning Villa Gamberaia just outside Florence. It might not have

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Raf Simons expands, Clothing prices fall, Esprit tumbles, Lower NY rents, Jay-Z in licensing deal

Velcro High top sneakers by Raf Simmons

Designer Raf Simons Forges Ahead (WWD) Raf Simons reveals plans for his eponymous label as well as a number of other design based ventures. (Subscription required) Clothing prices fall 4.9% in March (Drapers) “Prices fell 4.9% in the clothing and footwear sector during March, according to the British Retail Consortium Nielsen Shop Price Index.” Esprit in free fall after CEO replaced (Forbes) “Esprit sank more than

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