Ralph Lauren ignores the fashion zeitgeist and lets the good times roll | Fashion | The Guardian

Quote of the day: “This was a brand message rather than a fashion message.”

Designer’s catwalk show celebrates enduring power of traditional aesthetic values with seductive, sleek daywear

Source: Ralph Lauren ignores the fashion zeitgeist and lets the good times roll | Fashion | The Guardian

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This Fashion Week Was Twice as Instagrammed as Last Fashion Week

“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,…)

Source: This Fashion Week Was Twice as Instagrammed as Last Fashion Week – Racked

Is Another Fashion Week the Answer?

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…

It’s Oscars Night!

Here’s an interesting article on the occasion of Oscars Night. (Actually it gets more interesting as you go along. You just have to get through the first bit….)
The quotation to think about comes toward the end:

So powerful is the potential for Oscar glory for fashion brands that Tom Ford withdrew from his London fashion week catwalk presentation last week to focus his attention on dressing the stars at the Dolby Theatre

“He was angry that the two events clashed,” says Catherine Hayward, fashion director at Esquire magazine. “So he made a strategic decision not to show his collection because he would also miss out on crucial press coverage – in media terms, nothing can compete with the Oscars now.”

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/feb/22/leading-men-do-battle-on-scars-red-carpet-eddie-redmayne-fashion

Zeitgist Analysis 2

I want to focus more on how the media influences fashion and our society. Every day we are surrounded by media whether it be the television, social media (twitter, instagram, pinterest, etc.) so we are bound to want to follow in foot steps of celebrities we see on these outlets. I always find myself on social media or watching TV judging what that person is wearing and I think everyone does that without even thinking about it first. For example, Kim Kardashian is now a huge fashion icon. Her and her sisters have their own clothing line being sold in stores and they even have their own boutiques in select cities (DASH). The Kardashians are literally everywhere in the media, you will most likely never see a magazine without one of them in it whether it be on what their wearing or just a simple picture of them. As we observe the media, we are also absorbing information on certain styles that we like. Everyone does it, once we see fashion icons wearing something it becomes a trend because everyone wants to look a certain way or as I said before, follow in the steps of celebrities or people that we look up to each and every day. kim-kardashian-300

New York Fashion Week to Leave Lincoln Center

My first reaction: I don’t think this is going to make a blind bit of difference to anything. Fashion Week was over years ago. If anything, this will perhaps prompt a re-invigoration of the phenomenon. If they just move the circus….. Meh.

My second reaction: It confirms what we have known for a while, but it may also be the beginning of a domino effect. If New York Fashion Week falls apart, then London won’t be far behind, and then what?

New York Fashion Week to Leave Lincoln Center – The Business of Fashion.