NEW YORK — As film and fashion become more intertwined, the money-making opportunities are set to increase exponentially. That was the big takeaway last week at the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham’s fourth annual symposium, where execs from Warner Bros.,Tiffany & Co. and HBO led a panel that explored the state of licensing.
Wednesday morning at Bryant Park’s Andaz Hotel, CFDA members participated in a round table discussion with execs from Intel — the microchip company that’s currently making a play for wearables — about the future of the market.
Samsung spends an estimated $13 billion a year on marketing, and one of its targets is fashion industry influencers. We take a look how the company has managed to convert a few of the majors. Read my piece at Fashionista.com.
The 55-year-old fashion house is hotter than ever. How co-creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have managed to modernize the brand without forgetting its past. Read my piece at Fashionista.com.
What was once a little-celebrated job — outfitting the characters that grace TV and film screens — is now the source of significant business opportunities for fashion brands, studios and networks, and the costume designers themselves. Read my piece on Business of Fashion.
After four years of steady but slow growth, the sisters-in-law behind New York label Veronica Beard swallowed their pride — and lowered their price points — to reach the customers they were after. Read my piece on Business of Fashion.
Have you watched “House of Cards” yet? I did. And while I have a lot to say about the actual plot, you can go read critiques from actual TV critics somewhere else. Like Twitter. Instead, I’d like to briefly discuss the wardrobe situation.
This year is Lanvin‘s 125th anniversary, and to help mark the achievement during Paris Fashion Week, editors were invited to view the office of Jeanne Lanvin, which sits right above the company’s Rue du Faubourg St Honoré store.
Thanks to some clever marketing and Phoebe Philo’s unofficial endorsement, Adidas’s classic style — which relaunched in January after a three-year hiatus — has been the must-have of Fall 2014 Fashion Month. Read my report at Fashionista.com.
Dries Van Noten‘s designs are singular. He certainly creates trends and finds himself in the midst of them, but his work is his and his alone. It’s very rare to look at one of his pieces and recall another designer. Which is why his “Inspiration” exhibit, which opens March 1 at the Musée des Arts Décoratif in Paris, is so compelling. I spoke with Barneys’ Mark Lee — whose department store is sponsoring the exhibit — and curator Pamela Golbin, for Fashionista.com.
NEW YORK, United States ”I had a desire to do a shop unlike any shop I had ever seen,” says Steven Alan of opening his first store on Wooster Street, in New York’s Soho, in 1994. Today, a slew of tightly edited multi-brand stores dot the cityâs retail landscape, from Opening Ceremony to the newly-opened Dover Street Market, not to mention Alan’s own stores, which carry a curated selection of clothing, accessories, apothecary and homeware. But at the time, 20 years ago, Alan’s idea of a multi-brand concept store stocking emerging designers was completely new. Read more at Business of Fashion.
A chance to meet Raf Simons, Nicolas GhesquiÃ¨re and Anna Wintour in one fell swoop? Indeed, Wednesday night was a bit of a fairytale for the 30 young designers selected to compete in the first-ever LVMH Prize, a grant that includes 300,000 euros as well as a year’s worth of business support from the luxury conglomerate.
To say that there are a lot of egos involved is certainly an understatement. Editors have skipped shows because they didn’t like their assigned seats, or walked out because they were seated behind someone who they felt was “below” them in magazine ranking. I’ve never been particularly obsessed with where I’m seated. Maybe that’s because I started attending the European shows pretty early in my career, when standing was often the best an online outlet was going to get. Now, I generally sit, and sometimes in a very good seat. Which is nice, but doesn’t make or break my desire to attend and cover the shows. You can still feel the energy from the fourth row. Or even the tenth.
But I have always been fascinated by the politics of seating, and the way some people get so riled up over their place in the scheme of things. Which is why last night’s Marc Jacobs show was such a moment. The maze-like formatting meant that everyone was sitting front row, which meant everyone’s ego was soothed. (And if it wasn’t, then they certainly need to A. get the heck out of fashion, or B. seek professional help.)
Jacobs has a lot riding on this collection: it was his first after departing Louis Vuitton, where he was artistic director for more than a decade. It was also his only: Marc by Marc Jacobs is now designed by Luella Bartley and Emma Hill, two Brits with just the kind of energy to refresh the contemporary label, which had gone flat over the past few years. Sure, that line is still under Jacobs’ watch, but last night was his one chance — this season, at least — to deliver his direct message. Giving front-row access to the whole lot meant that we got to see the clothes and accessories very much for what they really were. And for a designer who is planning an initial public offering over the next couple of years, it was a chance to make everyone in that room feel like they were inside Marc Jacobs’ world. The audience members — who were Instagramming up a storm — are his evangelizers.
By the way, when I first received my ticket, I definitely thought it said Row I, not Row 1. I would’ve still enjoyed it.
I launched the Fashionista 50 in 2011 as a way to showcase the personalities we often discuss and interview on Fashionista.com. When I returned as the site’s editor at large in 2013, we brought it back. Here’s the third iteration, which I think appropriately reflects the state of the industry here in New York. Lots of greatness going on here.
Dan and Lauren welcome special in-studio guest Elizabeth Monson, discussing Lauren’s horrible Zara shopping experience, Target collabs, ear selfies and Instagram e-commerce, and Dan reviews Starkweather’s excellent organic beard oil.
Last year, the Council of Fashion Designers of America tapped the Boston Consulting Group to help define its mission for the next half-decade. Today, BoF can exclusively reveal the key elements of the CFDA’s new strategy, built around education, partnerships, local manufacturing and, of course, revamping New York Fashion Week. Read my story at Businessoffashion.com.
Take ownership of that whole, ”new year, new you” cliche by checking out these notable — but most importantly, useful —beauty apps and websites, which offer everything from at-home hair and makeup to a rarefied shopping experience. See my picks at Fashionista.com.
Once one of the world’s most successful specialty retailers, Gap has been mired in decline for over a decade. Following a series of cost-cutting measures, will the arrival of creative director Rebekka Bay and a new focus on product help the American retail giant get back on its feet? Read my piece for the Business of Fashion.