May 13, 2021

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What’s Next for LVMH’s Fashion Group | BoF Professional, News & Analysis

Until recently, you could count the number of notable disposals by LVMH on one hand: Christian Lacroix, Donna Karan, Michael Kors (in which it owned a 33 percent stake) and the Edun ethical fashion label founded with singer Bono were among the few projects the luxury giant had scrapped rather than hoarding them in its stable of 75 brands.

But since the pandemic, changes at the French luxury group’s portfolio of smaller labels have been coming at a clip. The group cut loose shoemaker Nicholas Kirkwood last fall, put its Fenty fashion startup with Rihanna on indefinite pause, and ceased

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Fashion, Identity, and Mental Health | BU Today

Growing up outside of Fort Worth, Tex., Abiola Agoro has loved fashion since she was little. She was just nine, she says, when she started selling her own jewelry, which she made from polished stones she and her mother purchased at local mineral shows. They sold the jewelry from a store they rented next to their church. When she arrived at BU, Agoro’s interest expanded into fashion styling, and she launched her own mobile boutique and styling service, Styled by Ola, that offers personal styling services, customized jewelry, and clothing. Her work has been seen in numerous runway shows,

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7 Lessons I’ve Learned From My Fashion-Industry-Veteran Mom

My mother wore Alexander McQueen silk sarouel pants to my college graduation. I remember being equal parts delighted (she looked amazing) and also horrified (why couldn’t she be a normal mom?!).

My mother, Eleanore De Sole, known to her grandchildren as “Mama D,” was born in Orange, New Jersey. She is strong-willed, whip smart, and set in her ways. In the ’80s, she was a branch manager at IBM with strong ambitions to become president of the company one day. All photographic evidence suggests that the power suit was her go-to look in those days. She was moving up the

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Artisans in India struggle to survive in fashion’s ‘invisible supply chains’

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN

Before the pandemic, Gayatri Khanna’s Mumbai-based embroidery firm used to work on luxury garments and accessories for some of the world’s biggest fashion houses.

Now, she said, some of them won’t even answer her calls.

“These are people who we have spoken to for years and years,” she said during a phone interview. “And suddenly there’s no news, or even a ‘What’s going on?’ Or, ‘How is the business?'”

Amid a coronavirus crisis that is pushing India’s hospitals to breaking point, collapsing demand for apparel in the West is also having a devastating knock-on effect
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Fashion designer Alber Elbaz, known for his work at Lanvin, has died at 59

Legendary fashion designer Alber Elbaz has died aged 59 following a battle with Covid-19.

Elbaz was best known for his revival of Lanvin while serving as creative director of the French fashion house from 2001 until 2015. He also served stints at other fashion houses including Guy Laroche and Yves Saint Laurent.

In 2019, Elbaz announced that he was launching his own label, AZ Factory, a partnership with luxury conglomerate Richemont, which also owns brands such as Azzedine Alaïa, Cartier and Chloé. Richemont founder and chairman Johann Rupert confirmed the news of Elbaz’s death, and paid tribute to the talented

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The fashion world pays tribute to Alber Elbaz

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Tributes have been pouring in from the fashion world following the tragic news that designer Alber Elbaz has passed away at the age of 59 following a battle with Covid-19.

“I have lost not only a colleague but a beloved friend,” said Richemont founder and chairman Johann Rupert, who confirmed the news. “Alber had a richly deserved reputation as one of the industry’s brightest and most beloved figures. I was always taken by his intelligence, sensitivity, generosity and unbridled creativity. He was a man of exceptional warmth and talent, and his singular vision, sense of

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India’s Fashion Artisans Face ‘Extreme Distress’ in Pandemic

Saddam Sekh used to be a floor supervisor at a steamy Indian workshop in Mumbai that produced orders for an exporter working with some of the biggest names in luxury fashion, including Dior and Gucci. Day and night, he would watch as the karigars — an Urdu term for the highly skilled artisans who specialize in handicrafts like embroidery, beading and appliqué — stitched designer gowns destined for the Hollywood red carpet, or ornate samples for runway shows in Milan and Paris.

But when the coronavirus pandemic took hold, their work slammed to a halt, the backbone of the Indian

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The Limits of Virtual Fashion | BoF Professional, News & Analysis

This month, fashion brands RTFKT and The Fabricant collaborated on a line of earrings, sneakers and formal wear. Priced between $20 to $10,000, the collection was sold on the online marketplace Dematerialised, which had over 3,000 users register for access to the drop.

In under 15 minutes, the entire collection sold out, a familiar anecdote in the age of streetwear. RTFKT and The Fabricant’s collection, however, was entirely virtual, meaning all the garments produced, as well as the fashion houses and the retailer that supported them, exist solely in the digital fashion realm. The pieces were issued as non-fungible tokens,

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Tall Ugg Boots: Are You Ready For Their Return?

Back in January, the It girls couldn’t get enough of mini Uggs. Irina Shayk, Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, and more hit the streets in the Classic Ultra Mini, which hits at the ankle versus the brand’s classic mid-calf silhouette. They proved to be a sleeker and more discreet take on the classic tall boots, which you may remember being worn by stars like Paris Hilton in the early 2000s. 

But that was early 2021. Now, it seems we’re heading back towards the full-blown Uggs. At least, Gigi Hadid is. Yesterday in New York City, the model stepped out wearing Ugg’s

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