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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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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