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Kering Results Show 17% Surge at Gucci, Slip at Bottega Veneta

PARIS, France — Italian fashion brand Gucci confirmed its turnaround with a 17 percent rise in third-quarter comparable sales, helping make up for a 10.9 percent sales drop at sister brand Bottega Veneta, parent Kering said on Tuesday. Gucci, in double digit sales growth territory for the first time since 2012, accounts for more than 60 percent of Kering’s operating profit. Analysts had expected its …

Balenciaga Elevates the Dad Cap With Resort 2017 Collection

Demna Gvasalia’s luxe-Normcore wave at Balenciaga continues into the Resort 2017 season (which is sort of like halfway in between SS17 and FW17). Resort collections are traditionally filled with warm weather attire for ultra-rich fashion customers to wear on exotic winter locations, but have basically just become a money maker for brands, as the lines spend a longer time in stores than spring/summer and fall/winter (more time in stores = …

Alexa Chung's Ugg and beyond: why ugly shoes are winning

Can Alexa Chung make Ugg boots cool again? Chung has been hired as artistic director for a new photo shoot for the label. And the brand – forever associated with the fag end of early 00s celebrity culture – is clearly hoping Chung can sprinkle the same magic pixie dust that she did for Marks & Spencer. Uggs have been attempting to make their way …

Balenciaga’s SS17 Show Was More Inclusive But Still Fell Short on Diversity

Demna Gvasalia’s FW16 Balenciaga debut was deemed a triumph by most fashion publications; even the most notoriously curmudgeonly critics had something nice to say about the brand’s refreshed vision. Despite that, many were still left unsatisfied by the exclusively white cast of models. Gvasalia’s ultra-hyped Vetements presentation also featured no models of color, as has been the tradition since 2014. Casting director James Scully, who frequently works with Jason Wu …

Female Empowerment in Paris

PARIS, France — All of a sudden, in Paris, it was 1968, 1977 or whatever year in recent history coincided with an outburst of protest and a moment of change. Sort of. It was, of course, mostly a mise en scène. These being our digitally superficial times and this being designer fashion — an exercise in turning the basic human need to cover up into a desirable …

Here’s What Attendees Wore to Balenciaga’s SS17 Womenswear Show

As we inch towards the last batch of shows during Paris Fashion Week’s hectic schedule, let’s take a moment to peep at what attendees wore to Demna Gvasalia’s sophomore Balenciaga presentation. The Vetements head honcho made his grand debut at the label during Paris’s menswear-dedicated week this season, so, unsurprisingly, industry insiders flocked en masse to feast their eyes on what the designer would have in …

Balenciaga, Demna Gvasalia and a Fabulous Fashion Synchronicity

PARIS, France — During his Balenciaga research, Demna Gvasalia came across a fabulous fashion synchronicity: 1958, the year when Cristobal Balenciaga developed the silk organza gazar which became his signature fabric, was also the year Spandex was invented. The ultimate body-conscious fabric vs. the ultimate couture fabric — that played straight into Gvasalia and his co-conspirators thinking long and hard about the parallels between couture and fetishism: the …

Demna Gvasalia reinvigorates Balenciaga with strategic disrespect

The bar for iconoclasm is pretty high at Paris fashion week these days. This season’s biggest debut saw Christian Dior’s first ever female designer shun the revered New Look in favour of feminist slogans and references to T-shirts worn on Sex and the City. Demna Gvasalia of Balenciaga. Photograph: Willy Vanderperre/Balenciaga But Demna Gvasalia, the man who orchestrated a street style cult around the DHL …

Once You Set Eyes on Balenciaga's Spandex Boot Pants, You Can't Look Away

When Vetements’s Demna Gvasalia took the helm at Balenciaga last season, he didn’t offer us a new perspective on street style, he won us over. It’s only now, on the Spring 2017 runways, that Gvasalia’s peers are experimenting with the ideas he set in motion: a coat pulled off the shoulders so the arms lock in place and bags so oversize, it’s hard to imagine …

The Most Hyped Balenciaga Jackets Are Finally Available

As the temperature will soon become significantly cooler throughout much of the globe, it’s time to re-up on coinciding outerwear for fall/winter. Look no further than Balenciaga for some fine designer options, as the label has just made available two must-have styles. Presented are the Swing Puffer Jacket and the Swing Parka. The first is slightly oversized, featuring both retro and futuristic accents. As a …