Victoria Beckham Speaks to BoF About Her Fashion Transformation

The Business of Fashion, Companies and Culture Issue | Cover photo: Alasdair McLellan

For BoF’s second special print edition, The Companies & Culture Issue, cover star Victoria Beckham speaks to Imran Amed about how she has proven her critics wrong and become one of fashion’s fastest rising stars. The issue, with the full story, will launch on April 28 and is available for pre-order here.

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Is London’s Luxury Ground-Zero Under Threat?

Inside Céline’s new Mount Street store | Source: Céline

London’s Mayfair continues to attract large numbers of high-net-worth individuals from around the world and the luxury brands that court them. But there are concerns in some quarters that the area’s high-end hipness is threatening the very characteristics that made it desirable in the first place.

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Photo Diary | NYFW: Creatures of the Wind, Victoria Beckham, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, Rag & Bone

Victoria Beckham Autumn/Winter 2014 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

NEW YORK, United States — Today, we look back at the first few days of New York Fashion Week with a selection of behind-the-scenes images from the Creatures of the Wind, Prabal Gurung, Victoria Beckham, Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, Jason Wu, Rag & Bone and Suno shows, shot by trusty lensman Sonny Vandevelde.

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Photo Diary | NYFW, Day 4: Victoria Beckam, Derek Lam, DKNY, Thakoon, Band of Outsiders, Patrick Ervell

Band of Outsiders Spring/Summer 2014 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

NEW YORK, United States — Contributing photographer Sonny Vandevelde brings us backstage photo dispatches from Victoria Beckham, Derek Lam, DKNY, Thakoon, Band of Outsiders and Patrick Ervell shows, held on day four of New York Fashion Week.

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Colin’s Column | Does the Format of International Talent Competitions Give English Speakers an Unfair Advantage?

Diane von Furstenberg, Donatella Versace, Franca Sozzani and Victoria Beckham at the International Woolmark Prize | Photo: Dave Benett

On the occasion of the 2013 International Woolmark Prize, Colin McDowell says it’s time to evolve international talent searches to eliminate disadvantages for non-English speakers.

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GAP buys Intermix, Investing in luxury, Burch Lawsuit ends, MBAs in ecommerce, CFDA calling

Intermix store | Source: The Real Deal

Gap to Buy Luxury Retailer Intermix (WSJ) “Gap Inc. is buying women’s fashion boutique Intermix Inc. for $130 million, a deal that will give the mostly casual-clothes retailer an opening to the all-important luxury market.” Is it time to invest in a little luxury? (Telegraph) “Luxury goods companies were the height of investment fashion in the spring, as their profits soared on demand from brand-hungry

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Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season

NEW YORK, United States — What makes a successful fashion film? Is it a strong visual concept? Content that can be quickly parsed? A savvy distribution strategy? Humour? Provocation? A famous model or a catchy soundtrack? Creating compelling fashion videos has always been more art than science. But as we set about compiling our ranking of this season’s best films, we saw some interesting commonalities. While Cartier’s 3-minute CGI

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British menswear revival, Simoens and LVMH, Fancy growth, Breaking up, Victoria’s Facebook

British menswear will get the recognition it deserves this summer (Guardian) "It's not long now until British menswear finally emerges from the shadow of womenswear to stage its very own fashion event in London. Goodbye one day of men's fashion tacked to the end of the women's shows, and hello to a three-day blockbuster event all of its own." Arnault to invest in Maxime Simoens (FashionUnited) "LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault is making an investment in newcomer Maxime Simoens. According to WWD, industry sources say that Arnault will take an as yet unknown stake in the 27 year old Frenchman's eponymous brand." Fancy hits 500,000 users with Pinterest-like social shopping service (Gigaom) "Well, Fancy is not Pinterest big by any means but it’s seen its user base double…

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Theyskens’ commerce and creativity, Beckham’s success, Luxottica to Latin America, New couture, Modern Costa

Olivier Theyskens for Theory | Source: Models

Olivier Theyskens On Creativity & Commerce (Forbes) “Olivier Theyskens’ career is one for the books. The kind they teach you in fashion school about talent and creativity and its flip side, business and commerce. Olivier Theyskens 100: Fashion visionary. Olivier Theyskens 101:A business cautionary tale. His career is a minefield of lessons.” Victoria Beckham’s fashion line on track to make £60m (Telegraph)

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China looms large, Beckham seeks longevity, Direct messaging the wealthy, The legacy of Savile Row, Alber and Suzy

Maggie Cheung for Lane Crawford | Source: Pomegranita

China Looms Large in Luxury Industry’s Vision (NY Times) “If heritage is the tool fashion houses have turned to in the wake of the global financial crisis, then the actual market the luxury industry sees guaranteeing its future is China… while China booms, the industry is turning back to basics with more mature markets.” Victoria Beckham looking to build her label slowly (Reuters) “Victoria Beckham is

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Asian-Americans gain ground, Homeware extensions, Posh’s fashion ambition, Life with Donna, Betsy’s new owner?

Jason Wu, Richard Chai and Alexander Wang | Source: Mochi

Asian-Americans Climb Fashion Industry Ladder (NY Times) “It was the first time that all three prizes given by the [CFDA] were awarded to designers who are Asian-American. That same night, the fashion council announced three scholarships, each for $25,000, won by student designers of Asian heritage.” Fashion brands are turning to the lucrative homewares market (Independent) “The trendy Swedish denim company Acne

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