Snuggled down a side road near Angel, Islington in London is what looks like a store window, with a coffee shop inside. There are plants visible through the big glass windows and even a selection of glazed pastries set aside to entice consumers. The thing is, this is not your traditional shop floor.
It seems that the fashion industry has finally woken up. Gucci's scrapping fur; Russian entrepreneur Miroslava Duma is investing $500m (£379m) in sustainable innovations in textiles, such as leather that can be grown in a lab and silk spun by spiders.
Azzedine AlaiÌa is a diminutive Tunisian man habitually dressed in black cotton pyjamas, with a wide grin and a shock of black hair. He is also the greatest fashion designer in the world. Fashion designer isn't really the right term - it should be couturier, because AlaiÌa both creates haute couture and works on even his ready-to-wear clothes in a couture manner.
Consider your favorite T-shirt. Maybe it’s soft and worn, or fitted and new, or a recent pickup from a Kanye West or Taylor Swift tour. Whatever the style, chances are good the shirt contains polyester–a significant environmental pollutant that takes 200 years to degrade.
When the word "normcore" became a household term, in 2014, nobody was as displeased as Jean Touitou, the founder of the French clothing brand A.P.C. Initially characterized in an article in New York as "fashion for those who realize they're one in 7 billion," normcore was a personal style defined by a kind of trendy embrace of the anti-trend.
But if the gardens are, at least to some extent, the source of some of Van Noten's inspiration, they are also a metaphor for the daily difficulties of running an independent fashion label with the degree of autonomy and oversight that Van Noten has.
"Marrakech taught me color," said Yves Saint Laurent, who bought a cobalt blue villa in the Moroccan city and made it his vacation home in 1966. "Before Marrakech, everything was black." This can be seen in the sprawling collection of couture, accessories, sketches and photographs on display at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech, which opens to the public on Thursday.
Sitting front row at the Gucci show in Milan this season was none other than Dapper Dan, the Harlem designer who had incorporated the logos of high-fashion houses, Gucci among them, in his unsanctioned designs during the Eighties.
There has been a lot of bad news recently, and so it is a relief, however small, to find one little bit of good news coming from within our own industry: the Spring 2018 runways were more diverse than they've ever been.
He said charges filed last week against two Adidas executives in a youth basketball bribery scandal are "serious allegations" and that Adidas is fully cooperating with federal investigators. And, he insisted, the inquiry will have no effect on the resurgence that allowed Adidas to overtake Nike's Jordan division in the U.S.
The elusive French label talks to HYPEBEAST Magazine in a rare interview.
Imagine that you're out to lunch, and in walks a woman wearing a terrific-looking coat. Who designed it? Did she buy it last season, or is it still on sale? Covertly, you give her coat a quick scan on your smartphone, find out it's available on Farfetch, and moments later it's on its way out for delivery.
One of the biggest draws of Friday's Fashion Tech Forum in Los Angeles was a discussion between Off-White's designer-of-the-moment Virgil Abloh and Henrik Most, the Ikea creative leader. Ikea and Abloh announced plans for a collaboration back in June, when Abloh revealed his own redesign of the iconic blue Frakta bag.
Designer, style legend, director, and writer are all labels one could readily apply to Tom Ford-but what about environmentalist? In today's day and age, when climate change is becoming an ever grimmer reality, every designer should have sustainable practices in place.
Though he departed from Givenchy earlier this year, designer Riccardo Tisci is busy gearing up for another collaborative effort with Nike. Taking to Instagram to tease the upcoming joint project, Tisci posted a black-and-white image of himself behind the iconic Swoosh. An "R.T."
Q3 2017 US VC report: Exit options dwindle while late-stage dealmaking reaches new heights In the last two years, Unilever acquired C arver Korea for $2.7 billion. Estee Lauder purchased Too Faced Cosmetics for $1.45 billion. CVC Capital Brands bought PDC Brands for $1.43 billion.
The power of image, from an in-person first impression to an Instagram post shared with millions of followers, has now been commercialized and politicized, for better or for worse. The role that fashion plays in this is an increasingly important one, something of which Louis Vuitton's artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière is ever mindful.
Before Warby Parker, the eyewear retailer worth more than $1 billion, was launched, none of its four founders had ever started a company before. So Dave Gilboa, Warby Parker's co-founder and co-CEO, made a point of asking for guidance.
Ten years into the launch of his eponymous, elegant brand, the New York designer continues to redefine the look and feel of modern american luxury. He's dressed movie stars, supermodels, and, yes, Michelle Obama-but as his sophisticated fall collection suggests, he's only just begun.
Working as a fashion journalist since 1966, the eminent critic and Vogue International Editor Suzy Menkes is one of the fashion industry's most esteemed experts. With roles at publications spanning London Evening Standard, The International Herald Tribune, The Times and The Independent, Menkes' enduring career has seen her interview fashion's great and good over the last 50 years, and she's analysed the industry's ebb and flow for just as long.