Business of Fashion

Reading list: Beyond the Label



Maureen Chiquet Beyond the label

I’m on an unofficial book buying ban but I really want to read Maureen Chiquet’s memoir, ‘Beyond the Label’ next. (Well after I’ve read Joan Juliet Buck’s…) Billed as a cross between Sheryl Sandberg and Elizabeth Gilbert, it’s the story of the former Chanel CEO’s rise to the top, then sudden fall from her perch with the now prerequisite life learnings along the way.

Amazon reviews are good so far and you can read a snippet here.
beyond the label book

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: New York Times
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Meet The Modist



The Modist ecommerce site
Last week, the New York Times alerted me to the new e-tail site The Modist (‘luxury modest style for extraordinary women’ is its tag line). Although I’m not a religiously modest dresser, I do like a covered-up leg and oversized silhouette, not to mention lots of layers. (more…)



Is fashion having a confidence crisis?



Peter Lindbergh

I was talking to a friend last week about my fashion fatigue and he said I should stop ranting and write a blog post instead. “I can’t!” I wailed. “I don’t want to sound negative!” But he was right. The whole point of this blog is that it’s a space to mull things over, and hopefully by doing so, I’ll resolve my woes and can move forward.

One of the issues is I don’t feel inspired by fashion brands and partly that’s because the brands don’t seem to know what they are. (more…)



Agnes b anti-fashion



Agnes B Styliste book
In fashion, most of the glory and column inches go to the avant-garde and the celebrity-courters. But what about those other labels that keep their heads down and keep the customers coming? Not easy to do, certainly not in this climate.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about A.P.C. celebrating 30 years in business. This week it’s all about another French stalwart, Agnès b (more…)