Tag Archives: Business of Fashion
Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…
1. US VOGUE.COM GETS BLOG-IFIED
The New York Times ran a story last week ahead of the revamp of Vogue.com. It pointed out that The Cut gets four million monthly unique visitors against Vogue’s 3.3 million. Cue last Wednesday’s big reveal for the newly redesigned Vogue.com. The result? It feels younger, pacier and as Manrepeller pointed out, more bloggy. If it wants more page views I think it will get them, but I hope it doesn’t just blend into the sea of ‘Twelve Ways To Get Blahblahblah’s that’s already out there…
2) RICK OWENS’ SELFRIDGES TAKEOVER
Tomorrow sees the unveiling of ‘The World Of Rick Owens‘ as part of Selfridges’ ‘The Masters’ celebration of the most iconic names in fashion. As well as a curated Wonder Room dedicated to Owens and exclusive destination areas of menwear and womenswear, there will be a 25-foot flame-carrying Rick Owens torso presiding over the entrance of the store. Just a small tribute then…
3) POP WILL EAT ITSELF
Pop (culture) really is eating itself this month. Pop magazine featured Grimes on a zeitgeisty Instagram-style cover for its autumn issue, designed by Richard Prince no less. Opinion has been divided on The Fashion Spot. Some said it was lazy and “verging on gimmicky”, others said the “idea of parodying Instagram is so good,” and one said, “this constant pandering to 14-year-olds … is really saddening”. Ah well, I guess pop art is supposed to provoke…
4) KAREN MILLEN GROWS UP
Interesting times for Karen Millen (also known as ‘Sharon Millen’ in some quarters). The once-cheesy destination for bodycon dresses and naff heels has gradually undergone a Victoria Beckham-like transformation and arrived at its sophisticated conclusion. (I admit I was surprised to discover Chloe-esque pieces like this on a recent visit.) To mark the turning point there’s a new face of the brand, and a new service. Head to the Brompton Road flagship this week and you can try the ‘Tailored in London’ service, a customisation service that lets you build tailored pieces from personalised components. It’s a way to highlight the brand’s British heritage and especially the fact that these products are designed, cut and finished in the Shoreditch studio. And to promote all that, Game of Throne’s Sophie Turner has been unveiled as the face of the brand in a very watchable video by Glen Luchford. Not bad Karen Millen…
Nope, still not bored with this year’s fashion-art love affair. Which is just as well as it’s only set to intensify. Late October sees the big reveal of the Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton art museum in Paris (above), showcasing the LVMH corporate collection of art. The 126,000 square foot ‘glass cloud’ is rumoured to be the venue for the next Vuitton womenswear show, so expect your Instagram feed to be flooded with art-fashion-architecture amazingess of the highest order… Continue reading
I noticed I’m getting a lot of blog traffic from people searching for Liberty Best Of British Open Call. This is the very popular X-Factor-esque competition that Liberty runs to find the next wave of home-produced talent. Alas, registration for this summer’s open call on 30th August is full to capacity, but if you have managed to nab a slot, then do re-read my post from a couple of years ago when I helped judge the fashion entries.
There’s an interesting shift going on in fashion right now, that Fashionista summed up quite succinctly. It’s all about those stylish women whose job descriptions you can’t quite put your finger on because they morph so readily from one thing into another. It all stems from street style though, a certain fashion insider with a certain look, who gets a following on blogs then on her own Instagram (it’s usually a ‘her’) and then… lands her own collection. Continue reading
A while ago I was invited to tea at Claridges to meet Gail Federici. Although I’ve cut down on the meet-and-greets, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to grill this dynamic beauty pioneer on the rise of female entrepreneurs and the very modern culture of self-branding. Continue reading
One of my highlights of Paris Fashion Week was the Lanvin AW14 re-see. On a huge scale, this is where you get to see the commercial workings of Fashion Week at play, where buyers view the pieces they’re really going to stock, and write their orders on the spot. The vast space (a 1920s former railway depot) was a hive of activity, it even had a pop-up café to keep the buyers and clerks fed and watered while crunching those numbers.
I was guided through both the catwalk collections and the commercial collections so I could see the pieces close up and learn what sells and what doesn’t. Continue reading
What better way to spend a weekend than heading down Oxfordshire way to Bicester Village? If you do, you’ll be well rewarded, with the fifth British Fashion Council Designers’ Collective pop-up offering plentiful pickings of our celebrated womenswear talent. Curated by Yasmin Sewell, this year’s edit is the best yet (no filler!) and better still, it comes with a new art twist. The Royal Academy has jumped on board, so there are limited edition prints to buy from Royal Academians including Gary Hume and Grayson Perry. Continue reading
So I had a feeling 2014 was going to be a big year for blogging and I was right. Some of my blog buddies have achieved huge things this year, for starters, look how many fashion bloggers are writing books. Not e-books, but big printed things full of that weird stuff called paper. Susie Bubble is working on her second book (if you count Style Feed which she contributed to), while Sasha Wilkins/Liberty London Girl has just sent her convivial cookery book to print. Continue reading
“For me, the future is going to be about in-person transactions and real conversations, skills and sharing in real spaces, rather than the cabaret of the nameless we’ve witnessed over the past decade.”
Interesting insights from The Gentlewoman’s Penny Martin on The Business Of Fashion
Running a fast fashion empire is a tough old task! Aside from the sheer volume of product to be managed, there’s the competition to worry about, not to mention the cheap labour issues and carbon footprint headaches that entail from manufacturing overseas.
ASOS is one fast fashion company that’s tackling these issues in interesting and highly profitable ways. Last week I spent an insightful afternoon drinking in as much info as I could on a personal tour of its Stitching Academy, its brand new design studios, plus the infamous photo studios at ASOS HQ in Camden… Continue reading