From what Balmain is actually doing right to the power of type to how child stars-turned-designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen managed to beat the stigma of celebrities in fashion and gain the industry's respect, here are some of the best features we wrote in 2015.
This year brought us the H&M x Balmain collaboration, putting the Paris-based design house’s names on everyone’s lips and one the bodies of fast fashion shoppers. While critics and many industry insiders have slammed the house and its creative director for its “unwearable” designs and garish reliance on a certain reality television family for press, the house is, in fact, doing something right.
Speaking of Balmain, everyone was talking about Instagram genius, Olivier Balmain this year, but what about Christophe Decarnin? We took a long hard look at Rousteing’s predecessor, who started Balmania.
Hermès, the Paris-based brand known for its $10k+ bags, opened another pop-up shop in New York this year. We simply had to ask: How does a pop-up shop work for a brand whose accessories are simply too pricey for most?
October 2015 brought the news that both Raf Simons and Alber Elbaz were out of their positions as creative director at Dior and Lanvin, respectively. Interestingly, both of the celebrated designers spoke out about the sped-up nature of fashion and their lack of creative control. So, we asked: Why Are All of the Creative Directors Leaving?
This year we saw the fashion industry begin to embrace the allure of the Korean pop star and the immense following that these young celebrities bring with them. Here is a look at two of the most famous figures, CL and G-Dragon, and how brands are tapping into their star power for the sake of the fashion business.
While most celebrities crash and burn when it comes to luxury clothing collections, child stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have managed to rise above the stigma and build a legitimate business. They have taken home industry awards, expanded their collection, and most recently, opened a brick-and-mortar store, here’s what the mini-moguls did right.
Prada is the fashion insider’s favorite brand, but it is also appealing to those on the periphery. Yet, it seems no one is shopping. We ask: Is the devil still wearing Prada?
As consumers become more internet-savvy, traditional ad campaigns and brand spokesmodel arrangements simply don’t cut it anymore. The result: the rise of native advertising, product placements, social media ads, and Harry Styles.
Once just an in-between collection, Resort has become a bona fide season for high fashion houses. As we’ve seen for quite a few seasons now, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Gucci, among others, are set to stage full-length collections in far-flung locales and the fashion crowd will certainly be in tow. Here’s why the Pre-Season collection is growing in significance and why you should be paying close attention.
High fashion houses’ licensed products (think: Chanel fragrances, Prada eyewear, The Row’s footwear until just a season or two ago, etc.) are thriving. But what is licensing and how does it work within the fashion industry?
One prevailing trend in 2015: Customized footwear. Everyone from Prada and Bally to Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik have offered customers the option of customizing some of their favorite styles, simultaneously updating classic styles and providing an mechanism to fight fakes.
Not only did 2015 see sportswear giants, Nike and adidas, fighting for market share, they were busy fighting in court, as well. Between fighting over patented footwear to battling over top designers, the two houses were in and out of court this year.
Young, New York-based handbag company Mansur Garvriel took home a Council of Fashion Designers of America Award this year for its in-demand minimalist bags. With a seemingly endless waiting list of all of its styles, is its incessant waiting list a marketing ploy or the real deal result of a company in the business of making “it” bags?
Vogue named Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid “supermodels” this year, likening them to "quintessential ’90s stars like Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Kate Moss, and Cindy Crawford.” But are these two newcomers really worthy of the title?