A leading fashion publication predicted that the only market direction activewear could go was up, what with more famous designers unveiling their own collections. How can makers distinguish their brands in a marketplace that’s beginning to feel more crowded with each iteration of casual and cool?
More than a few eyewear companies, like Warby Parker, have taken the gamble – heresy of heresies – to offer consumers more of what they want for less. These so-called eyewear upstarts are placing realistic, yet far from ridiculous, prices on a complete set of glasses. Yet another example of the customer-centric business model gaining huge ground on the old product-driven one.
Spring and Summer 2014 fashions, a GQ report suggests, are all about bold – not necessarily screaming -- colors, eye-catching accessories and a fair amount of cheeky snarl. As in Bieberesque, not Brandoesque, snarl. Consider these “must-have” items.
The great artist Noel Coward once observed, “Why do the wrong people travel when the right people stay at home?” If you're one of those traveling afar this summer, thank your lucky stars. And pay close attention to 10 dos and don'ts that reveal the travel habits and styles, rightly or wrongly, of America’s celebrities.
The news regarding London Fashion Week can only be summed up in one word: disturbing. Has the fashion world finally been tamed to cater more exclusively to bourgeois/nouveau riche tastes? Or have designers finally wised up to the idea that Seventies-style fashions (an oxymoron if ever there was one) can be used for inspiration but not as outright archetypes?
Take in some stories about Paris Fashion Week and you might start to wonder what filters are being used to discern noise from news. You could randomly spray paint a poncho, walk down any Paris street – and some self-appointed expert would write a blog post about it. Here’s a glimpse at how these kinds of events get covered. And why the coverage might perfectly suit the events themselves. Or not.
The Fashion Police blog looks to be an old-fashioned irreverent take on a world that’s long been known for taking itself far too seriously. The blog’s subtitle says it all: “Fighting crimes of fashion and solving style dilemmas.” But is the blog fashion ownage or failage? Could it be that the Fashion Police take themselves and their mission every bit as seriously as those they skewer?
Why did 2013 Tony Award winner Andrea Martin, barely ten seconds into her thank-yous, make a point to say, “Carmen Marc Valvo gave me this dress — nobody else would. I just want to thank him.” Would you believe because Tony-nominated actresses – among the classiest performers anywhere, making them high-profile models for, well, class -- don’t typically attract the kind of public attention that gown designers crave?
In an age where fashions change quicker than spoiled-rotten athletes re-framing their ill-worded tweets, media exposure is a tricky game of guessing just how much nitroglycerin to use to get noticed. But not so much as to cause a deadly explosion. What’s the point of being a fashion star – like, say, Joseph Altuzarra -- if no one knows who you are?
Mergers and acquisitions activity (M&A) in the U.S. has “jumped significantly” over the last year or so, with a number of large consumer packaging companies selling off non-core operations and brands. M&A also appears to be on the rise in Europe, particularly in the areas of jewelry and fashion. Does the end-consumer look to benefit from corporate’s rush to buy and sell?