bof500-2013 Archive

Sam McKnight’s Natural Touch

LONDON, United Kingdom — “Yesterday, on a shoot for a client, more emphasis was put on the video shoot, the social media content, than the actual campaign. It’s going to tip soon, into it all being the same thing,” says Sam McKnight, his easy conversational patter becoming reflective for a moment. The shift in tone is more perceptible in McKnight because he is typically upbeat and …

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 …

British Fashion Council Announces Nominees for The Fashion Awards 2016

LOS ANGELES, United States — Jonathan Anderson, Alessandro Michele and Christopher Kane have all been nominated in multiple categories for The Fashion Awards 2016. Dame Natalie Massenet, chairman of the British Fashion Council, announced the nominations during a brunch at Soho House West Hollywood, alongside Karlie Kloss, ambassador for the event’s lead partner Swarovski, and Caroline Rush, BFC chief executive officer. Roksanda Illincic, Simone Rocha and Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen …

The Marni Riddle

MILAN, Italy — Consuelo Castiglioni’s decision to step down “for personal reasons” from the creative helm of the brand that she co-founded left many Marni supporters puzzled. On October 21, the day of the announcement, Arthur Arbesser, one of Milan’s next generation of designers, went so far as to reference a “dark and confusing day on planet fashion.” There is, surely, more to the story. …

Building Great Bowery, Fashion's Super-Agency

NEW YORK, United States — 190 Bowery is one of the most mythic buildings in all of Gotham. Erected in 1898 as the Germania Bank, it was abandoned and decrepit by the time the photographer Jay Maisel raised $102,000 — less than half of what it cost to build — to purchase the building in 1966. Maisel and his family lived and worked in its …

BoF Exclusive | Marni Names Francesco Risso Creative Director

MILAN, Italy — BoF can exclusively reveal that Marni has appointed Francesco Risso as its new creative director, as founder Consuelo Castiglioni steps down after more than 20 years. It was widely rumoured during Milan Fashion Week that the Spring/Summer 2017 collection would be Castiglioni’s last at Marni. Her departure was confirmed this morning. Castiglioni’s decision to step down was personal, she said in a statement. …

Philip Green Should Lose Knighthood, Say UK MPs

LONDON, United Kingdom — British lawmakers say the former boss of failed retailer BHS should be stripped of his knighthood after the chain of stores collapsed with the loss of 11,000 jobs. The vote is nonbinding, but it is rare for Parliament to intervene on the issue of honours. BHS, whose stores had stood on British streets since the 1920s, went into administration in April, …

BoF Exclusive | Victoria Beckham Partners With Target

NEW YORK, United States — Victoria Beckham celebrated two five-year milestones in 2016. This year marked five years since the birth of her daughter Harper and five years since the birth of her playful second line, Victoria, Victoria Beckham. So it seems natural that the two would serve as points of inspiration for her latest project, a limited-edition collection for Target set to launch April …

Power Moves | Peter Dundas Exits Cavalli, Executive Shake-up at Condé Nast

LONDON, United Kingdom — BoF compiles the most important professional moves of the week. Peter Dundas Exits Roberto CavalliAfter 19 months as creative director of Roberto Cavalli, Peter Dundas is leaving his role in the midst of a radical and comprehensive reorganisation of the house. Cavalli has not yet named a successor to Dundas, who joined the label in March 2015. Before that, the Norwegian worked as …

Amidst Hong Kong Gloom, Joyce Launches Redesign With Theatrical Exhibition

HONG KONG, China — For the past 18 months, retail sales figures in Hong Kong have suffered thanks to a sharp decline in tourism from the mainland and the rising popularity of online shopping, among many other factors. In the first half of the year, retail sales plunged 10.5 percent compared to the previous year — the biggest drop since 1999 — resulting in many …