The latest trend in the fashion industry is not a season-specific silhouette or go-to aesthetic. Instead, it comes in the form of design houses trying to regain control in the midst of the wildly sped up fashion cycle, one iteration of which is designers increasingly withholding the release of collection images from the media (and thus, the general public) in order to more closely align such releases with the actual delivery of the collection to stores. Céline's Phoebe Philo adopted a similar tactic seasons ago, but other brands, like The Row, Proenza Schouler, DVF, and London-based brand, Preen, among others, have begun to follow suit.
As for whether an image embargo - which coincides with a number of other logistical changes, such as See Now-Buy Now, the combination of men's and women's runway shows, and season-less collections - will actually change things - namely, consumers' lack of desire to shop with any real sense of vigor - is very much up for debate.
Here are some of the other articles you may have missed this week ...
1. The Dirty Advertising Practices of the Industry's Biggest Brands, Bloggers: We took an exclusive look inside the truly massive scheme between the fashion industry’s most successful personal style bloggers and major fashion and cosmetics brands with the purpose of deceiving consumers for profit.
2. Fashion brands - like Chanel - have earned prominent placement on a list of companies that are most consistently monitoring unauthorized uses of their names and logos, and initiating legal action in connection therewith.
3. After being the target of price fixing allegations last year, an array of London-based modeling agencies are have been formally accused of colluding to fix prices and demand higher fees from retailers and other brands. No word yet on whether a similar investigation will be launched in the U.S., as many of the same agencies have New York-based branches.
4. Kenzo for H&M: Hennes & Mauritz announced on Wednesday that its next designer collaboration will be with LVMH-owned fashion house, Kenzo, which will create women's and men's collections, as well as accessories for the Swedish fast fashion giant.
5. All is not well on the patent front, as patent trolls have contributed to a sharp rise in patent litigation in the United States during the past decade, with 2015 marking one of the highest patent lawsuit counts on record.