Tom Ford ‘Knocks Off’ Jay Z in Latest London Show

Tom Ford Autumn Winter 2014 | Source: BoF

LONDON, United Kingdom — Tom Ford may be best known for his razor-sharp men's suits and slinky womenswear, but the designer showed a humorous side Monday with a catwalk collection that played on his own fame and rapper Jay Z.

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The Business of Being Tom Ford, Part II

Tom Ford | Photo: Simon Perry

In Part 2 of a special interview to accompany the launch of the BoF 500, Imran Amed sits down with the one and only Tom Ford to understand how he built his own brand — projected to soon turn over $1 billion a year at retail — and the lessons he has learned along the way.

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A $38,000 Handbag? For World’s Ultra-Rich, the Cost of Accessories Can Be Astronomical

Oprah Winfrey | Source: Associated Press

ZURICH, Switerland — In the upscale boutiques of Singapore, New York or Zurich — where Oprah Winfrey claims a sales clerk refused to show her a $38,000 bag — purses priced in the four figures are common.

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For the boys, Missoni search continues, Design schools in Asia, Ford’s embrace, Lanphear’s new role

Topman Design, Lou Dalton, MAN Autumn/Winter 2013 | Source: Style.com

Let’s hear it for the boys, London (Independent) “With British menswear undergoing something of a renaissance of late – from street-smart casualwear by labels such as Oliver Spencer and YMC, which have risen through the ranks from boutique to brand, to more traditionally worked Savile Row tailoring from Hardy Amies and Spencer Hart – the industry decided to act.” Missoni Fashion House Seen Overcoming Heir

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Italy’s little guys, Fashion fortunes, Ford goes sporty, Digital revolution, Schuman on backlash

Gucci Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: The Independent

Italy Today: Creative Flow vs. Cash Flow (IHT) “The big labels packed up their logo luggage and sprinted for Asia a while ago now, relying on a more robust market to support a frenzy of new store openings and to buoy their balance sheets. That leaves the little guys — small, young, independent Italian fashion brands with no mono-brand stores of their own — to struggle along.” Sexy and practical: can Gucci revive

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Best of British, H&M’s sales hit, Rethinking luxury, Made in America, Being Sarah Mower

Sir Paul Smith by Rankin | Source: Hunger TV

Paul Smith: still the best of British (Telegraph) “‘Quirky and cool’ work well to encapsulate his output, from his first boutique in Nottingham in 1970 selling standard shirts with colourful stitching around the buttonholes, to a business empire that today stretches to 75 countries, with a turnover of £400 million.” H&M August sales hit by warm weather (Reuters) “World no.2 fashion retailer Hennes

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