Meet the duo behind London’s coolest label, Meadham Kirchhoff (Independent)
"And then there's Meadham Kirchhoff, consisting of the designers Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff, whose clothes are as desirable as they are marginally deranged, whose hair and make-up is reminiscent of Leigh Bowery's in his heyday and whose mise-en-scène has been known to transport the audience everywhere from a hyper-real flower garden to a satanic St Trinian's."
Asia focus: Signs of a bubble in China cause concern (FT)
"In 2005 a report by Ernst & Young predicted that in 2015 Chinese luxury spending would exceed $11.5bn. In fact, China cantered past that figure five years ahead of time and, last year, its consumers spent an estimated $15.6bn on luxury goods, with Asia accounting for over half of global high-end watch sales."
J Crew expansion plan bypasses Europe (FT)
"J Crew, the US contemporary fashion label favoured by Michelle Obama, the US first lady, will launch its first bricks-and-mortar presence outside North America in Hong Kong and Beijing this northern autumn, bypassing Europe."
Badgley Mischka Previews Resort Collection via Pinterest (On the Runway)
"Every day another brand tries exercising its digital muscles, from starting a Tumblr to live-streaming its runway shows... Now Badgley Mischka has gotten into the mix. On Monday, Badgley Mischka and Bergdorf Goodman invited those on their mailing lists to preview Badgley Mischka’s resort collection via Pinterest on Tuesday."
Interview: Christopher Raeburn (Independent)
"Looking at Raeburn's designs it is clear that this idea of functionality is a significant factor. Specialising largely in outerwear, garments are often made from reclaimed military surplus – utilising fabrics such as parachute silks or wools."