No longer confined to the fringes of fashion, the goth aesthetic is being mined by a wider spectrum of designers, observes Eugene Rabkin.
BoF distills recent fashion stories from the French media.
Yohji Yamamoto’s Museum Style (Interview) “Yohji Yamamoto, champion of the avant-garde, has built an empire crafting ready-to-wear clothing brilliantly complex in texture, fabric, and tailoring… Opening today, the Japanese designer’s work will be celebrated in Israel for the first time at Design Museum Holon, as part of a series of traveling museum exhibitions.” Instagram Becomes a Springboard for
A Fashion Designer’s Second Act (NY Times) “When Hedi Slimane stepped down as artistic director at Dior Homme in 2007, Fashion Wire Daily summed up his tenure this way: ‘Slimane leaves Dior with the well-earned reputation as the single most influential men’s designer this century, the most copied of his peers and the only one to achieve the status of a rock star.’… But Mr. Slimane seems to have left fashion
Ethical fashion weaves in social media (CNN) “With each piece of clothing there is a link called “This item’s journey” that leads to pictures and profiles of the weaver who created the fabric and of the artisan who cut the material and created the design. Using the IOU Project’s iPhone app, you can take a photo of the QR code to pull that story up again.” Luxury stores urge UK to issue more
Grace Coddington: Creative Indeed (Intelligent Life) “Grace Coddington, the creative director of American Vogue, who turns 70 in April, has been a quietly revolutionary presence in the fashion world—first as a model, then as an editor—for half a century. But only since the release of the film “The September Issue” in 2009 has she been recognised in public—greeted by strangers who witnessed some of her creative battles and now
Fashion blurs gender boundaries (Telegraph) “Transsexuals, transvestites and models with no clear gender affiliation are all the rage in current advertising campaigns and editorials.” Hermès Shares Jump in Paris After LVMH Increases Holding (Bloomberg) “Hermès International rose as much as 5 percent in Paris trading after larger luxury-goods rival LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA said it increased its stake in
The Yohji Yamamoto story (Telegraph) “Yohji Yamamoto, the charismatic and mysterious Japanese designer, is allowing the first-ever published biography about his life to be published. The book, entitled (enigmatically, of course) ‘My Dear Bomb’, will be released worldwide in October.” Ferragamo Sees ‘Very Good’ 2010 (Bloomberg) “Salvatore Ferragamo, the Italian shoemaker, expects ‘a very good’ 2010 as
LONDON, United Kingdom – As four weeks of fashion shows came to a close last week in Paris, it was hard to believe it had only been a month since the start of a fashion week season that had many designers, editors and buyers holding their breath. Thankfully, optimism reigned supreme as the industry finally got its groove back. But even before the regular jam-packed four week fashion marathon was Fashion’s Night Out — possibly the
Designer Yamamoto files for bankruptcy protection (AP) “Japanese fashion design house Yohji Yamamoto said Friday it has filed for bankruptcy protection, citing slumping sales amid a global downturn.” Bulgari CEO Says Sales Are Improving, Led by Asia, Handbags (Bloomberg) “Bulgari SpA, the world’s third- largest jeweler, said sales improved in the second part of the year, led by gains in Asia, its biggest market,
NEW YORK, United States — New York Fashion Week is always a blur of meetings, shows and parties, and this week is no exception. But there is also something different in the air for Autumn/Winter 2009 — a palpable sense that some serious change is coming, and in some quarters, the slightest hint of optimism that we may be reaching a market bottom. On Monday evening, Marc Jacobs scaled back his show significantly: there was no major