Every 6 months during the fashion weeks held in New York, London, Milan and Paris, fashionistas grab the International Herald Tribune each morning and skip straight to the Style section to see what Suzy Menkes has said about the collections. It's a running joke that fashion people buy the IHT, read Suzy's reviews, and throw the rest of the newspaper out. This does not speak to the poor quality of journalism in the IHT, but rather to the high level of respect accorded to Ms. Menkes. Quite simply, there is no other fashion critic like her.
This week, Suzy is hosting the annual IHT luxury conference in Moscow, with keynote speakers like Bernard Arnault, Tom Ford and Yves Carcelle of Louis Vuitton. It's a blockbuster event and I am very sorry to be missing it. But luckily, the IHT has created an online home for Supreme Luxury with detailed coverage of all of the ongoings, including this video interview between Suzy Menkes and Donatella Versace, who discusses the role of fabrics and minimalism in her new luxury, the role of celebrity in fashion, and the impact of professional management on the Versace business.