Miuccia Prada is that rare bird amongst fashion designers who marries commercial success and design influence, a designer's designer so-to-speak. If you missed the recent T Magazine profile of her, it's well worth going back and reading it.
I'm personally of the view that the fashion and luxury industries need more insightful critique, not less. For this reason, I was quite dismayed last week when I picked up the most recent issue of Challenges magazine (a French business publication akin to Bloomberg Businessweek) and learned that Kering (formerly PPR) was suing former creative director of Balenciaga, Nicolas Ghesquiere.
So, Sarah Jessica Parker is launching yet another fashion-related venture which, this time, will focus primarily on shoes. What does it matter that she has no training in shoe design because in her own words:
I was gobsmacked to read in WWD last week that Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci will not be presenting an haute couture collection for Fall 2013. The official excuse according to a spokesperson for the French fashion house is Mr. Tisci's "frantic schedule". It seems that between outfitting pop stars in gaudy stage costumes, co-hosting the recent Met Ball and other side projects including a new line of watches, Mr. Tisci is overstretched.
"We strongly encourage all governments to be much more transparent about all programs aimed at keeping the public safe. It's the only way to protect everyone's civil liberties and create the safe and free society we all want over the long term."
It's June and that means the Club eLuxe International Summit is finally here. This year's event will take place on Wednesday, June 12 and is entitled "The Web Economy: Understanding How Digital Media is Re-Writing the Rules of Luxury & Transforming Value Creation."
I had the honor recently of taking part in the inaugural edition of the Luxury Law Summit. Held in London, the one day conference organized by the IHT in conjunction with The Global Legal Post was designed primarily with luxury brand in-house counsel, CFOs and outside counsel in mind although the topics covered presented an obvious interest for anyone involved with digital luxury strategy.
So happy to hear that Kanye West will soon be the proud father of a bouncing baby girl. Now both he and his good pal Jay-Z will one day have to explain their misogynist lyrics and music videos to their daughters. I love Karma.