Thursday, March 5, 2015

Inspirations: The Message in the Memory of John Fairchild, Chairman of WWD and Founding Editor of W Magazine

The passion of old is fearless, irreverent, and loyal and its purpose is clear. The most successful in fashion still hold these values dear and realize perspective, instinct, and point of view are powerful tools and talents to cultivate, nurture, and protect. John W. Fairchild was all of these things and fully enjoyed being so. In 1960, he became the editor and publisher of Women’s Wear Daily and founded W Magazine in 1971 as part of Fairchild Media, a company that began in his family back in the late 1800’s.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Fall 2015 Fashion Trends: London

Vivienne Westwood Fall 2015

What I loved most about fashion week:

On the Runway: The colors and the energy. London has a lot of fun with fashion and you see that in the colorful furs, grand productions, and excitement that’s emitted from designers as you see them smile and cheer in their final walks. My favorite collections from London were Julien Macdonald, Henry Holland, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Burberry, and Peter Pilotto.

Off The Runway: Great to see Jourdan Dunn, Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss, and Naomi Campbell on the front row of Burberry because their appearances in the campaigns have garnered a lot of attention for the brand. Seeing them on the front row elevates their status being seen as VIP’s more so than seeing them walk the runway.

Major trends from London Fashion Week after the jump…


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Passion Pays: What is it Worth? The Future of Retail at Macy’s, Nordstrom, and JCPenney

Do not compromise on the quality and your customers will not negotiate on the price.- Amit Kalantri

There is constant debate on the future of department stores and brick and mortar retailers due to the growth of online business. This conversation revolving around how the Internet will disrupt the business norms across all industries has been going on for over 20 years. In a 1993 Fortune Magazine article, Thomas A. Stewart predicted that the Internet would completely change the way we communicated and consumed products.  

“In your home, a protean (ever changing) box will hook you into a wealth of goods and services. It will receive and send mail, let you make a phone or video call or send a fax or watch a movie or buy shoes or diagnose a rash or pay bills or get cash (a new digital kind) or write your mother. That will be just the living-room manifestation of what promises to be a radical -- and rapid -- transformation of commerce and society, the greatest since the invention of the automobile.” –Fortune Magazine 1993, by Thomas A. Stewart

I reached out to Thomas A. Stewart on Twitter just to say that I thought this piece had incredible foresight into the way that we have come to relate with the Internet and computers today. He responded, letting me know this was only the second time that the word “Internet” had ever been mentioned in Fortune Magazine, which is unbelievable! When I asked him how did he reach these conclusions all those years ago he said,

“Sometimes it’s easier to see the future 10 years out than to see what is just around the corner, also lots of reporting.” – Thomas A. Stewart

And I completely agree, and the smartest brands and industries will learn to not depend so much on operating in the now, but will make bold business decisions based on the 10 and 20 year shifts in the retail industry and in consumer behavior that is bound to happen.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fall 2015 Fashion Trends: New York

Rodarte Fall 2015

What I loved most about fashion week:

On the Runway: In general New York really stepped it up this season, and there was a lot of innovation happening across the spectrum of designers. My favorites this season were Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Diane Von Furstenburg, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, and Anna Sui.

Off The Runway: Kanye West gave two great interviews about his new venture with Adidas. The interview with Dirk Standen resonated with me most because it talked about how to nurture and appreciate innovation within an industry, and explains Kanye's motivation behind his interest in fashion and how it's evolved over time. 

Major trends from New York Fashion Week after the jump…


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Decades: 1910’s Fashion: Changing Times

Decades is a monthly series on The Style Weaver that highlights the major fashion styles, designers, influencers, and events of every decade from the 1900’s to today. Many of the things you'll read about as we go through each decade have provided the inspiration and foundation for what we see in fashion today.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Last Days: The Peter Dundas-Emilio Pucci Story

Emilio Pucci Spring 2015 Ad

I have thoroughly enjoyed Peter Dundas’ reign at Emilio Pucci. He brought an excitement to the storied brand that all historic ateliers wish for when selecting their creative director. In 2008, Peter Dundas began his journey with Pucci, and this year it's coming to a bittersweet end. Although it's a shame to see him go, I'm sure his influence in his next endeavor will be just as impactful to the industry.

In 2008 when Peter Dundas was chosen to lead the creative direction of Emilio Pucci he had just come off stints at Emanuel Ungaro and Roberto Cavalli. There is no doubt that his tenure at Roberto Cavalli influenced the colorful, bold, and sexy nightlife looks that he is known for creating at Pucci.