Save for exceptions like Gucci, Fendi, Damir Doma and Giorgio Armani, most of the labels showing at Milan men’s fashion week ditched creation for product design.
I found this interesting since we have been discussing “the world of fashion” and thought this brings in a new perspective. The CFDA identified 3 key challenges (through this survey) as:
- Perceived “early”deliveries and markdowns hurting full-price sales
- A decreasing perception of newness
- The danger of the designer burnout
There’s also talk of re-examining the fashion cycle and debuting “in season” items during fashion week instead of being a season ahead. Neat little survey and article that I thought I would share.
Here´s an interesting contribution to the “death of fashion” discussion. Could it be that the catwalk show is now becoming redundant? That would indeed signal the end of an era, wouldn’t it? I think we should keep a close watch on this…
Increasingly faced with a choice, designers have been embracing — or rejecting — the changing role of fashion shows.
“Twice as Instagrammed” is my phrase of the week. It’s an on line world… Notice that all this Instagramming was not all about the catwalks. Might be interesting to start collecting statistics on who gets shared. (Style leaders, influencers,…)
What? How is this Southern France, rather than anything else? Can anyone point to anything here that isn’t typical Ralph Lauren? Beware of lazy fashion journalism…
Ralph Lauren’s simple, stylish statement for Spring evoked points south of Paris, rather than points east of Manhattan.
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Just bumped into an editorial from last month on BoF. Link: Week in Review | Is Another Fashion Week the Answer? – The Business of Fashion.
This has been an increasingly apparent problem in the fashion business for a number of years now. I think adding more fashion weeks, especially to New York, seems more like desperation than innovation. It will be interesting to keep an eye on this.
But as the writer wonders: What else to do? This might be worth a terms-worth of discussion, but worlds change and structures change and sooner or later the former elite has to let go…
Well? What do we think?
Link to article: Milan fashion week: the 10 key shows – in pictures | Fashion | The Guardian.
Link to article: 25 Editors to Follow on Snapchat During Fashion Week – Fashionista.
Now not just bloggers, now editors on Snapchat. Faster and faster it goes. What next?
Link to article: The Top 10 Moments From Spring/Summer 2015 Couture Week.
Question of the day, then: Is there anything to be learned from this? Maybe it’s just because I have a cold, but I can’t think of a single thing to point to….
Overloaded something-or-other, minimalism, Bianca Jagger’s suit for the thousandth time, Bowie-influence for the thousandth time, bla bla bla… If these are the ten most memorable moments, then this was a dismal week….
(OK, I’m also being deliberately a little ornery – maybe I’ll have something more positive to say on Monday…)
(6 hours later:)
OK, the obvious point is “of course, there’s something to learn from it!” Pointing to the absence of anything new; pointing to the rehashed and slightly desperate use of tried-and-true references… This is also a pointing to something worth looking at. If the Couture Week looks like this, full of desperate rehash and overload; form over substance – icing on icing, on the same old cake – then things are really getting to the point of no return.
But, as always, we have to ask: What next?