Thursday, January 29, 2015

Decades: 1900’s Fashion: The Final Corset

Decades is a new monthly series on The Style Weaver that will highlight 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.

“One learns many lessons in 40 years of work. I cannot forget what I learned from the past--and what I did in the past. You don't become an important designer without study and training. You cannot be a designer without knowing how to cut a dress. The only way you learn these things is by studying the work of those who worked before you.” – Valentino as told to Time Magazine, February 2003


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The History and Legacy of Legendary Shoe Designer Vince Camuto

“I’m passionate about creating a product women really want, infusing great style, comfort, and unparalleled value, for every stage of her life. We don’t think that we can fool her. We give her the best value,” – Vince Camuto


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Origins: The History of Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela for H & M photographed by Sam Taylor- Johnson

"Anybody who's aware of what life is in a contemporary world is influenced by Margiela," - Marc Jacobs 

The mystery man of fashion. The seldom seen design genius, Martin Margiela, created his eponymous label in the late eighties after spending two years in the Jean Paul Gaultier atelier.  
Margiela’s approach to design is one of discovery and experimentation. His use of fabrics and objects such as seatbelts, phone cords, and other obscure materials to create looks that resembled wearable collages is what set him apart as a designer. As his brand evolved the workmanship of his tailoring helped to provide a strong design foundation to compliment the avant-garde and unsuspected nature of his collections.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Leaders: How Forever 21, H & M, and Zara Set Themselves Apart

Teen Vogue September 2013 photographed by Giampaolo Sgura
Consumers want products that tell stories, have magic, and inspire. – Yves Behar

The recent closings of stores specifically in the teen retailer sector are the product of a shift in the retail market. The junior apparel market, for mass retailers, is usually where a trend starts, gains momentum and eventually spreads to other tiers in the mass retailer market. This occurs because of the junior markets’ demographic from teens to early twenties that tend to buy into trends more than any other age group. Seeing this sector condense and weed out the brands that aren't keeping up with is a telltale sign of what could happen in the future for all categories of retail. But for the brands that are thriving in this space, what are they doing right?


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Inspirations: Haute Couture

Katie Fogarty in Valentino Haute Couture photographed by Benjamin Kanarek 

1.    the design and manufacture of fashionable clothes to a client's specific requirements and measurements.
o   fashionable made-to-measure clothes.
"they were dressed in size eight printed-silk couture"

Couture is a way for consumers and the industry to indulge in the DNA of a fashion house and allows designers to bridge the gap between their history and their current aesthetic in highly expressive and creative ways. I have a special appreciation for Couture because of how its existence directly correlates with the purpose of this blog, which is to give inspiration to those who love and appreciate fashion while providing a historical context for what is happening in fashion today.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Passion Pays: Coach Buys Stuart Weitzman…The Story Behind the Acquisition

On January 5th, Coach bought Stuart Weitzman for $574 million. Coach, Inc. acquired the luxury shoe brand from private equity firm Sycamore Partners who obtained Stuart Weitzman in the acquisition of the Jones Group in 2014. The Jones Group first bought a controlling interest in the shoe brand in 2010.

Still with me… This web of mergers and acquisitions shows how the fashion industry adjusts to meet consumer demands. The business of fashion is rooted in timing and serves its consumers by elevating, down trending, and revitalizing brands, trends, and corporations when necessary to match the buying environment and taste of the consumer. In every acquisition there’s a story, and this one begins almost five years ago…