Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Valentino: The Man, The Brand, And The Legacy

2007 Valentino Retrospective in Rome, Italy

As is true today businesses that are destined to become the pillars of their industry cement their prominence rather quickly and spend the majority of their career building their success and the legacy of their company on the firm foundation established in those early years. Valentino Garavani is no exception and in partnership with Giancarlo Giammetti they built a fashion house that has and will continue to stand the test of changing times.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Collaborations: Art x Fashion

Louis Vuitton x Takashi Murakami, 2004 Ad
A relationship that is over a century old the intertwining of art and fashion has increased the significance of both in society, and each medium has been an anchor for the other during times of declining interest in either category. The collaboration of fashion and art many times helps to highlight the most significant design contributions in fashion.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Events: Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

Harper's Bazaar Art Basel Miami Beach Kick-off Brunch, 2013

Art Basel Miami Beach was founded in 2002 by Samuel Keller as the sister expo to Art Basel in Switzerland. Keller saw an opportunity to bring together the global art community in sunny South Florida during a time when wealthy art collectors in Europe and New York are looking to retreat from the cold. Art Basel is unique in that it brings together the worlds of fashion, music, celebrity, and art to create an environment of luxury where elite art collectors from around the world will look to purchase one of a kind contemporary and historic artworks. 

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Monday, December 1, 2014

The Style Weaver Presents… Beyond The Flashes

Excited to announce the debut of a new weekly video series on the blog entitled The Style Weaver: Beyond The Flashes! Highlighting everything related to the fashion business, trends, key industry figures and noteworthy fashion news will be here on the blog every week and compiled on the new The Style Weaver YouTube channel! See the video and comment after the jump! 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Retail Stores: Invention Leads to Expansion

Nasty Gal Store, Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles
With online retailers Zappos and Nasty Gal opening brick and mortar retail stores this month, after 15 years and 8 years of respectively existing online only, it proves there is still an allure to offline retail shopping. But the execution of operating retail stores has evolved…

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Trends: The History of 3-D and Sculptural Fashion, 1950’s-Today

Vogue UK December 2008 photographed by Nick Knight

Fashion is an interesting medium of expression because in its most creative execution it can outwardly express a person’s inner thoughts, feelings, and emotions about their life or about the culture around them. Ways that highly creative designers have been able to convey these messages are through sculptural and 3-D designs. Sculptural design is when a designer uses abstract materials to construct a three-dimensional look or manipulates fabrics to create layers or add depth to a garment. Such designs carry deep meaning for the designer and are meant to invoke curiosity, dialogue, and fascination from consumers and observers of creative expression.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Origins: The History of Brand Licensing

Prada Eyewear, license held by Luxottica Group SpA
All good debates have two sides. The licensing debate is no exception, on one-end brands and manufacturers use licensing, as a way to enter product categories where there is consumer demand for a product, but the brand does not have the manufacturing expertise to produce the merchandise. The other side of the debate is that licensing cheapens the image of a brand making it too accessible to obtain by consumers. Brands who lean toward the latter prefer to hire the talent necessary to manufacture majority if not all product categories in house.