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Dries Van Noten Talks Staying Independent and Designing In the Instagram Age
Commercially, Van Noten is also in a very rare and unique position for a designer operating at his level: he has run his label with complete independence for 30 years, releasing more than 100 collections for men and women, and opening eight stores globally, beholden to no one but himself. It's a stunning fact in today’s top-heavy fashion industry.

via: GQ Style

Remembering Hubert de Givenchy’s Romantic Elegance
Hubert de Givenchy, the French couturier who upheld a standard of quintessentially romantic elegance in fashion for more than four decades, dressing the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly and memorably Audrey Hepburn, in a little black dress, in the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” died on Saturday at his home in Paris. He was 91.

via: Business of Fashion

The Man Who’s Helped Elon Musk, Tom Brady, and Ari Emanuel Get Dressed
Los Angeles is home to hundreds of celebrity fashion stylists. They dominate the E! network, jostle for spots on “Most Powerful” lists, and have followings that rise and fall with the fortunes of their clients. Weitz, who founded his style-consulting firm, the Weitz Effect, four years ago, caters to another group: the agents, managers, and executives who make the industry run. These characters used to be largely unseen, Broadway Danny Roses lurking dimly behind the scenes in rumpled suits with mustard stains on their neckties. But now they are regulars on red carpets and on social media. These days, image is everything, even for a man whose face doesn’t pay the bills.

via: The New Yorker

Tommy Hilfiger’s Bet on Instant Gratification Is Paying Off
More than any data, these efforts point toward Tommy Hilfiger as a company that’s looking to the future. The past decade hasn’t been kind to Ralph Lauren, J.Crew, Gap, and other purveyors of American nostalgia. Tommy Hilfiger, though, is 'an impressive story,' says Michael Dart, a partner at the management consulting firm A.T. Kearney and author of Retail’s Seismic Shift. 'Other American heritage brands have lost some of their identity. Tommy’s success doesn’t feel like a bubble.'

via: Bloomberg

LVMH Prize Creator and Past Winner on the Award’s Value to Young Fashion Designers in a Tough Industry
In the week the eight finalists for the 2018 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers were revealed, we talk to its creator, Delphine Arnault from Louis Vuitton, and 2017 winner Marine Serre about exactly what’s at stake

via: South China Morning Post

Farfetch Unveils Tie-Up With Harvey Nichols Before '£4bn IPO'
A luxury UK-based fashion website is gearing up for a stock exchange listing that is expected to value the company at more than £4bn–or close to the current market valuation put on the whole of Marks & Spencer.

via: The Guardian

5 Innovations That Could Help Make Fast Fashion More Sustainable
From dissolving fabric to clothes made from algae, the winners of this year’s Global Change award are trying to plot a new way forward for a fashion industry that’s been too focused on disposable clothing.

via: Fast Company

The New Pocket-Sized Publication Tackling Fashion’s Biggest Subjects
Wallet, perhaps not surprisingly, is the size of an actual wallet, and By Olsen hopes that it will become just as indispensable. 'A wallet is a part of one’s essentials, it’s highly personal and a symbol of capitalist values – your wallet is a reflection of who you are in the environment you live in,' she says. 'We decided on the format before we decided on the name. We wanted it to be accessible and affordable, as well as easy to keep with you.' Wallet’s diminutive size is particularly interesting given By Olsen’s big plans for it, and the even bigger ideas it will hold. 'My vision is for Wallet not to be exclusively about fashion. It’s what we’re starting with but I’m also very involved in the music and art industry, so we’ll move on to cover that too,' she explains.

via: Dazed

Fashion’s Crippling Impact on the Environment Is Only Getting Worse
The fashion week tents have been packed up and the models sent home until the next collection debuts, but one deeply entrenched industry trend shows no sign of stopping: Fast fashion, which has become one of the biggest sources of pollution in the world.

via: Vice

Are Vintage Stores Harbingers of Gentrification?
Coffee shops. Yoga studios. Brunch spots. Art galleries. Try as they might, these businesses can’t shake the rep that they’re the four horsemen of gentrification. Especially in Los Angeles, new cafes and galleries have become ground zero for gentrification protests. But the people who live in these changing neighborhoods, or study them, have linked another kind of business to gentrification — the vintage clothing store. And by vintage, they don’t mean Goodwill, but the boutique stores where secondhand clothing is “curated” rather than collected.

via: Racked

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