Is Fashion a Credible Platform for Protest?

Vivienne Westwood Red Label Spring/Summer 2015, Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2015, Stella McCartney | Photo Collage: BoF

At Paris Fashion Week, Chanel’s light-hearted, marketing-savvy feminist ‘faux-test’ rang hollow. Can fashion be a credible medium for discussing social issues?

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Top 10 Campaigns of the Season

From amongst the multitude of Autumn/Winter advertising campaigns currently hitting fashion glossies, Internet forums and social media platforms around the world, from Facebook to Tumblr to Pinterest, The Business of Fashion picks the Top 10 Campaigns of the Season. Which fashion campaigns struck a chord with you this season?

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Photo Diary | Paris Fashion Week, Days 1-6: Dries van Noten, Rick Owens, Lanvin, Dior, Stella McCartney

Dries van Noten Spring/Summer 2014 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

PARIS, France — Today, contributing photographer Sonny Vandevelde brings us backstage imagery from the Anthony Vaccarello, Dries van Noten, Damir Doma, Manish Arora, Balmain, Rick Owens, Lanvin, Dior, Acne and Stella McCartney shows at Paris Fashion Week.

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What to Make of PPR’s Christopher Kane Investment

Looks from Christopher Kane's first pre-fall collection

French luxury conglomerate PPR’s announcement, earlier today, that it has acquired a 51 percent stake in emerging London label Christopher Kane is particularly significant. Indeed, it’s been a very long time since a major luxury group has taken a majority stake in a young designer fashion brand.

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Week in Review | Getting Into The Gloss, Three Dimensional Publication, Re-inventing Yourself

Week in Review November 26-30

The Business of Blogging | Into The Gloss (Fashion 2.0) “It’s the natural curiosity behind this approach, alongside the site’s impeccably professional aesthetics, that have made Into The Gloss one of the most compelling new voices in the fashion and beauty blogosphere with the potential to grow into a full-fledged media business for the digital age.” Retail Recon | Table of Contents is a ‘Three-Dimensional

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Stella’s big night, NY Times new tricks, PVH margins rise, Optimising for mobile, Basil Soda

New York Times R&D Lab by Ben Shaul | Source: AdWekk

Stella McCartney named designer of the year (FT) “Stella McCartney has won the coveted designer of the year award at the British Fashion Awards 2013, the latest in a series of personal and professional coups for the designer and her brand.” Old Media, New Tricks (AdWeek) “From the moment you step off the elevator onto the 28th floor of the Times Building, with its panoramic views of midtown Manhattan, it is clear

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Geometry trend, Turkey’s fight for prestige, Burberry on top, Digital impetus, Hellen Van Rees

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Nowfashion

A Game of Checkers (IHT) “The Louis Vuitton show hit its graphic target on Wednesday, marking a sparky and spectacular moment on the last day of the monthlong international season. The show underscored one of the strongest themes for summer 2013: geometry, redrawing in straight lines the shapely female body.” Turkey fights for a new prestige (FT) “The story of Turkey today is of a country seeking new customers and

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Lunch with Stella, China’s stylish side, Russian renaissance, Bargain hunters, Kuethe for Kate Spade

Chinese magazines by Sim Chi Yin | Source: NY Times

Lunch with Stella McCartney (FT) “Even for someone as competitively normal as Stella McCartney, who somehow manages to take the position that – despite her status as a 40-year-old international fashion brand/Olympic outfitter/daughter of a Beatle/friend of Madonna, Gwyneth, Cameron et al/mother of four – she is Just Like Everyone Else, this seems to be going to extremes.” The Stylish Side of China (NY Times) “Ms.

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Small is the new big, Virtual shopping, Campus ambassadors, Jane Shepherdson’s rise, Being Stella

Levi's is collaborating with Reformation | Source: B4E

Could small be the new big for the fashion industry? (Guardian) “Small companies have proven to be leaders in innovation, particularly when it comes to re-engineering products or processes, and when trying brand new approaches. The UK trend forecasters, Index B, identify six major UK trends in its The Ones to Watch report 2012.” Windows of opportunity open among sales rails (Marketing Week) “Brands are using

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