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Christopher Kane - Spring/Summer 2016 Ready-To-Wear - LFW. THERE was a time when you could say that Christopher Kane had a signature-less signature - each season he'd surprise us with something entirely new to keep us on our toes. The interesting thing now is that those varied and brilliant ideas (from neon lace and rivets to Frankenstein, nude entwined bodies, scientific diagrams of flowers, rope-cord entanglements and more) have built up as one to become his signature, a repertoire of techniques. When you see them, you know they're his and this collection was especially clear in showing them off. There was that neon lace, which more recently has slipped into his pre-collections, there were primary bolts of colour to configure with jagged and purposely-jarring appliqué and chaotic embroidery. It was a hyper take on homespun with stitching squiggling out like handwriting across a knit or a sheath of a dress.

We knew we'd seen the idea once before, but here it was renewed and played out to entirely different effect. That was the point. Burberry Prorsum - Spring/Summer 2016 Ready-To-Wear - LFW. ON the face of it, it was the usual fanfare at the Burberry Prorsum show in Hyde Park: there were stressed ushers in day-glo jackets directing traffic with military precision, headset-wearing security at every check point, and suited staff guiding show goers to velvet upholstered seats.

Even, the same familiar front row: Burberry girls, Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse, and Jourdan Dunn, in addition to Sienna Miller, Paloma Faith, and Benedict Cumberbatch. But this season was quite unlike any other, because to see Burberry's spring/summer 2016 show, you didn't actually need an invitation. You just needed Snapchat. The collection, pretty much in its entirety, was unveiled on the app as of 7pm last night.

Trust Burberry to come up with a first. Nor an emerging artist. But first things first: that nylon floppy backpack. With thanks to Mercedes Benz Sarah Harris. Mary Katrantzou - Spring/Summer 2016 Ready-To-Wear - LFW. IN what was surely one of Mary Katrantzou's most directly wearable collections yet, the designer returned to cosmology and the world as a starting point - we saw elements of it two seasons ago to spectacular couture-like effect, before last season's beef-up when it came to size, texture, proportion and play. But the designer has been drilling down into the MK DNA, what makes both her and her customer tick and finding the common ground between the two, especially of late when it comes to her pre-collections - and you could see all of this had been learnt from, instigated and translated into this collection.

The word she kept saying backstage was "light" and "desirable" - she's always had the product, but now she's refining it. "I wanted it to be enchanting and beautiful," she said. There's no doubting it was - who can say no to a shimmering little dress, a series of which she paraded out with to begin. With thanks to Mercedes Benz Jessica Bumpus. House of Holland - Spring/Summer 2016 Ready-To-Wear - LFW.

Could Givenchy’s Public Show Set a New Template? | News & Analysis. NEW YORK, United States — On Friday evening here in New York, Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci staged a powerful runway spectacle, embedded with Marina Abramović-directed performance artworks with titles like "Trees to Give Support and Life Force” and “Ladder to Remind Us of the Cycle of Life and Love.” Held on the anniversary of 9/11, in clear view of the Freedom Tower, the show featured 88 looks from couture and ready-to-wear, as well as music from six cultures — from Buddhist chanting to Ave Maris Stella — and conveyed an unmistakable message of love and global unity. “The event that we are creating together is about forgiveness, inclusivity, new life, hope and, above all, love,” read show notes written by Abramović.

Did it work? And could the Givenchy event set a new template for the industry, at a time when fashion shows are increasingly seen as consumer marketing events? Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer, CFDA Tim Blanks, editor at large of The Business of Fashion. Marc Jacobs - Spring/Summer 2016 Ready-To-Wear - NYFW. IT wasn’t New York Fashion Week we arrived to last night for the Marc Jacobs show, it was a movie premiere. The designer – known for putting on quite the show – did exactly that. There was a red carpet outside, complete with crowds, and once inside there was popcorn to nibble on (handed out by bellboys) and plush seats to sit in beneath shimmering chandeliers – it was old-school cinema at its best. And so, right on cue, the lights went down and the show (by which we mean catwalk variety) began, the models taking to their own red carpet with an orchestra to accompany them as they went.

The tune of choice was Sabotage by Rage Against The Machine. The real movie began, however, with the clothes – Americana prints, flags and Vegas crystals all came together for a storyline that plundered siren-esque silhouettes from the Forties via sweeping gowns and feather or fuzzy stoles and accentuated screen-ready make-up. With thanks to Capstar Chauffeurs Jessica Bumpus. Coach - Spring/Summer 2016 Ready-To-Wear - NYFW.

Coach demonstrated today that it's a brand that means serious business when it erected a huge show structure on the High Line above Hudson Yard. Wild flowers and pampas grass sprouted between the meandering catwalk for Stuart Vevers's first womenswear catwalk show for the brand. As a company that has grown its business with leather goods and accessories, the spring/summer season will always be the greater challenge. Vevers addressed this by taking us to the prairie with the vast majority of the clothes in delicate floral prints that could have been worn by a prairie housewife. Whether drop-waist dresses with tiered skirts or chiffon biker jackets, or even mixed with khaki on a parka or reversible military jacket, the wild flower prints ran wild.

Taking a cue from Burberry, where the catwalk shows feature a couple of strong ideas and run with it, Coach put its faith in florals along with some strong leather pieces. Alexandra Shulman. Marchesa - Spring/Summer 2016 Ready-To-Wear - NYFW. The Sexes Battle on Wall Street for DKNY | Fashion Show Review, Spring 2016. Chanel Profit Beats Rivals and Makes Owners $3B Richer | News & Analysis. PARIS, France — The billionaire brothers who own Chanel have become almost $3 billion wealthier this year after the iconic luxury company reported a 38 percent rise in annual profit.

Alain and Gerard Wertheimer each have $11.8 billion fortunes and are the sixth and seventh-richest people in France, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Almost all of their fortunes stem from their stake in Chanel, which reported 2014 revenue of $7.5 billion and net income of $1.4 billion. Chanel International BV files the closely held company's global financial results with Kamer van Koophandel, the Dutch chamber of commerce.

Net profit for the five publicly traded companies the index uses to value Chanel — Prada, Kering, LVMH, L'Oreal and Estee Lauder — was down a collective 6 percent in their 2014 fiscal years. The Wertheimers' fortunes have risen 13 percent since January 2014, ranking then among the world's 100 richest people. Sophia Webster Barbie Adult and Child Shoe Collaboration. 20 August 2015 Scarlett Conlon SOPHIA WEBSTER has announced her latest collaboration and it's with none other than everyone's favourite doll, Barbie. Fusing Webster's signature perspex detailing with the plethora of pink that is so synonymous with the blonde bombshell, the collection is one that exudes both the personalities of the two fashion favourites. It also marks a first for the famously vertiginous pin-up: flat shoes.

Creating a shoe collection for Barbie has always been my dream project "Creating a shoe collection for Barbie has always been my dream project, but getting to be a part of her embracing flats for the first time made it extra exciting, and deeply personal," Webster told us. Related Show Barbie by Sophia Webster comprises nine styles: six for adults, including two pairs of trainers, one pair of flat sandals and three pairs of heels; and three mini-me versions for children, and will launch in Selfridges nationwide and Webster's website next Thursday, August 27.

Do 'Accessible Luxury' Brands Have an Inherently Limited Lifespan? | Intelligence | BoF. LONDON, United Kingdom — Last week, Coach Inc., Kate Spade & Co. and Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. reported their quarterly earnings. Once the darlings of Wall Street, in the last year these accessible luxury brands have run into trouble, with some reporting weak earnings and declining same-store sales. Last Tuesday morning, Coach reported fourth quarter revenues of $1 billion, a 12 percent drop compared to the same period last year. While the American leather goods and accessories maker’s revenues beat expectations, same-store sales fell by 19 percent. Then, on Wednesday, Kate Spade & Co. reported second quarter net income of $8.5 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. Kate Spade Autumn/Winter 2015 | Source: Kate Spade It wasn’t always this way. For a long time, the formula worked well. “One of the main drivers is the increasing number of middle class consumers, particularly from emerging markets.

Do accessible luxury brands have an inherently limited lifespan?