10 Things About Saint Laurent’s Paris Fashion Show – Spring 2016 – Vogue

One thing they forgot to mention: You can die of acute boredom watching Saint Laurent shows. Talk about “death of fashion….”

Find all the details in our recap of the show.

Source: 10 Things About Saint Laurent’s Paris Fashion Show – Spring 2016 – Vogue

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What’s Red, White and Ralph all over? | Fashion Show Review, Spring 2016

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.

Source: What’s Red, White and Ralph all over? | Fashion Show Review, Spring 2016 | BoF

The Top 10 Moments From Spring/Summer 2015 Couture Week

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?

In Paris, Sex Sells, While Innovation is Scarce

I am making this article required reading next week. I initially thought I’d highlight a quotation or two, but in the end I just wanted to highlight all of it.  So…. read and comment, and let’s set aside discussion time for this…

In Paris, Sex Sells, While Innovation is Scarce – BoF – The Business of Fashion.

French Press | Formichetti’s Moves, Rogier Vivier, H&M’s New Retail Concept, Kris van Assche

French Press | Formichetti’s Moves, Rogier Vivier, H&M’s New Retail Concept, Kris van Assche

The article is a summary of what is in the French press regarding the fashion world, usually media covers political news and scandals but it also covers stories from the fashion week. I chose this article because it mentioned H&M which is my group zeitgeist project. H&M recently opened a new store in Paris on rue Saint Honoré and it is predicted by journalists it will be a big hit in Paris. Nicola Formichetti a artistic director is leaving the fashion house Mugler for Diesel after working there for 2 years. High end designers such as Valentino, Raf Simmons, and Pierre Hardy has also started making sneaker collections for fashion shows. Its really interesting because sneakers is casual wear but its appearing on runways.

Anna Wintour: beneath the bob

Anna Wintour: beneath the bob – Telegraph.

Key Quotation (for now)>

One of fashion’s most potent recent shifts, she says, has been its democratisation: “Fashion today is available to everybody in a way that it’s never been before: you’ve got every designer you’ve ever heard of working for H&M or Target. That’s fantastic.” Key to this, she believes, has been Michelle Obama, for whose husband Wintour has been a prominent fundraiser. “Look back at the history of First Ladies and you’ll see they wore a good suit or a ball gown. Now we have someone who wears J.Crew or Thakoon or Azzedine Alaïa: a gamut of different designers. She has changed the way American women see fashion.”

Spring/Summer 2013 | The Season That Was

Very interesting overview from the editor of BoF (The Business of Fashion.) I think it’s fair to say that we could run a terms worth of discussions based on this one article. Much to dicuss, pick apart, and critique here. A “Must Read

Spring/Summer 2013 | The Season That Was | BoF – The Business of Fashion.

Black Fashion Week shakes up Paris couture

Interesting development.  Kind of amazing how little press this gets. I would have thought this would be celebrated, but it looks like the organizers of the event are being put on the defensive. What do you think this could/ should lead to?

Black Fashion Week shakes up Paris couture – FASHION – FRANCE 24.