British Vogue editors, normally ensconced behind their desks at Vogue House or off on fashion shoots in far flung locales, were zipping around with clipboards, cue cards and headsets, each playing their part in the first ever Vogue Festival.
LONDON, United Kingdom — “I’m not that prim woman stylist. I don’t think I’ve ever done a picture that you couldn’t actually wear,” says Francesca Burns, the platinum blond Londoner who has styled countless cool girls, from Dree Hemingway to Lara Stone, and six months ago, was named fashion editor of British Vogue. “I love a shoot in which the girl is completely real; she’s just outside your reality. It feels convincing and you
Sonia Rykiel in talks with investor Fung Brands (Reuters) “Sonia Rykiel, one of the last family-controlled French fashion houses, is in exclusive talks with privately held Fung Brands which could lead to the investment firm taking an 80 percent stake in the company to help it expand internationally.” China’s Hidden Wealth Feeds an Income Gap (NY Times) “Wealthy Chinese are snapping up gold, Rolls-Royces and
Across Asia, an Engine of Growth for Luxury Firms (IHT) “Europe is struggling to contain a spiraling debt crisis, the U.S. economy is beset with high unemployment, and emerging Asian economies are growing less rapidly. But none of this is killing off Asian shoppers’ taste for luxury goods. Companies like Burberry, Hugo Boss and Prada have continued to strike an upbeat tone on Asia in recent weeks, despite the havoc that debt
A Super-Stylish Vampire (IHT) “If the definition of a vampire is a pallid, blood-sucking monster with frightening fangs, Carine Roitfeld, former editor of French Vogue and a pivotal figure in the fashion world, does not seem to fit the bill… ‘Why a book — especially for someone like me who hates looking back?’ Ms. Roitfeld asked herself… ‘It marks 30 years. The end of a chapter is a good moment —
The Prince of Polo (Fast Company) “By associating Ralph Lauren with new digital technology, David has done more than imbue the brand with a current vibe. He has, in the process, made the company a progressive leader among fashion peers. In 2009, David produced an online-only fashion show for Ralph Lauren’s heritage Rugby brand that, for the first time ever, allowed viewers to shop the looks in real time.” Red Faces at Louboutin?
Franceline Prat | Source: The Little Squares NEW YORK, United States — Anyone who still loves magazines will be enchanted by this quick film portrait of legendary French Vogue editor Franceline Prat; proof positive that great editors are born and not made. Her collaborations with Guy Bourdin, Norman Parkinson, Bill King, Albert Watson and especially Helmut Newton will forever hold their place at the pinnacle of the history of
“With all the new media outlets out there, with all the noise, a voice of authority and calm like Vogue becomes more important than ever. The more eyes on fashion, the more opinions about fashion, the more exploration of fashion around the world, the better it is for Vogue. Vogue is like Nike or Coca-Cola—this huge global brand. I want to enhance it, I want to protect it, and I want it to be part of the conversation.” Anna
Mr Porter to Test Men’s Urge to Shop Online (WSJ) “The debut of Mr Porter, the biggest ever launch of a men’s luxury-goods website, will be closely watched by the fashion industry to see whether there are enough active male shoppers to support a fashion site… ‘We know there’s a demand for this,’ says Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet, ‘I don’t think shopping right now really
Fusing Rock ‘N’ Roll With Fashion (WSJ) “With two fashion labels—John Varvatos, a classic menswear line that celebrated its 10th anniversary last year; John Varvatos Star USA, an edgier, younger collection and the most profitable of the lot… the 56-year-old designer now has nine stores in the U.S., a robust ecommerce site and plans to open stores in London and Berlin.” Arbiters of Style See It, Post It
Carine Roitfeld Resigns from French Vogue (Vogue.co.uk) “French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld has resigned after ten years of service. She will leave the magazine at the end of January. Roitfeld has decided to concentrate on personal projects.” Bonobos, a Web Retailer, Raises $18.5 Million (NY Times) “On Thursday morning, Bonobos announced it had raised $18.5 million in a financing round, led by the venture capital
Is Fashion In Danger Of Going The Same Way As The Ad Industry? (PSFK) “Sharing the inner workings of the business and marketing of fashion is pop culture these days, behind the scenes interviews, makings of, documentaries, buy from the runway etc. Cleverly marketing the marketing of fashion in consumer culture, or, an industry talking to itself?” Burberry bid talk continues despite price label (FT) “Could the
LONDON, United Kingdom — Today, The Business of Fashion brings you an exclusive preview of The New Creative Establishment, a list of the 50 most influential and inspirational creatives working in fashion today, developed by our friends at INDUSTRIE magazine for their second issue which comes out later this month and was inspired by a much-watched list with a similar name published by Vanity Fair called ‘The New