Trends | Pre-Owned Fashion is the New Standard?

Here’s a challenge: Go people watching in Maboneng; places like Arts of Main, Fashion Kapitol (or you know, follow the trail of graffiti in Joburg) and you’ll know for sure that pre-loved clothes, and the quirky way that wearers put them together is here to stay. Most of the mavens that hang out in the …

Fashion & Business |The Rise of Androgyny on the Streets

Originally posted on Quartz:
One of fashion’s major story lines of the last year has been the industry’s sudden, widespread embrace of clothes that ignore gender lines. While cool, iconoclastic labels, such as Comme des Garçons, Rick Owens, and Rad Hourani, have been doing it for years, now Gucci is presenting pussy-bow blouses for guys, and Prada showed a…

Fashion | Fashion has a Giggle

Originally posted on Quartz:
This post has been corrected. The key to a good April Fool’s Day joke, of course, is for people to be unsure, however briefly, whether it’s real or not. So the fact that fashion is so naturally over-the-top—we’re looking at you Jeremy Scott, and you, too, Galliano—makes it perfect for duping the unsuspecting.…

Fashion | Lagerfeld Reveals his Direction for Chanel

Originally posted on Quartz:
High-end fashion retailers have been some of the slowest to sell their products online, taking baby stiletto steps—or none at all—into the realm of e-commerce. Céline, Dior, and Chanel have all kept their collections offline, bristling at the thought of their otherwise exclusive products being sold on the all-access web. But Bruno Pavlovsky, Chanel’s president…

Business | Yoox Net-a-Porter Group: Protecting Their Marketshare

Originally posted on Quartz:
Net-a-Porter, a glossy, sophisticated luxury designer fashion website, and Yoox, a site that specializes in discounted off-season clothing, are merging to create a fashion and tech giant with a combined net revenue of about €1.3 billion ($1.4 billion) and more than 24 million monthly website visitors. The deal, announced earlier today, goes into effect in September, assuming Yoox’s…

Fashion | Karl Calls for A Feminist Model March

Ageism has nothing on Karl Lagerfeld. For spring/summer 15, the oldest working designer in fashion once again proved that age is no obstacle when it comes to relevance, not even in fashion where you’re old at 25. The cheeky feminist protest march he staged for the finale of his Chanel show summed up this feisty …

Fashion | Could Mary Katrantzou be Fashion’s Next Big Thing?

London-based Mary Katrantzou has been awarded this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund prize, beating competitors Osman, Holly Fulton, Michael van der Ham, Mother of Pearl, Sophia Webster and Emilia Wickstead. The fund, which was established in 2008 by the British Fashion Council and Vogue magazine, provides the winning designer with high-level mentoring for a year, and …

Business | Consumers, What are you really buying?

Considering the sheer number of weird, borderline nonsensical collaborations that we have seen in the past (the first one that comes to mind is Alexander Wang x Beats by Dre), Alexa Chung x Adriano Goldschmied, for instance, hardly comes as a shock. She has, after all, said she wants to “become a full-time designer.” But more realistically, …

Fashion | Could Gap be Kanye West’s next Venture?

In an exclusive interview with Style.com, conducted in New York  last week as the rapper launched his Adidas Originals Collection, West revealed that one of his long-held dreams is to become the creative director at Gap. Or, as he put it: “I’d like to be the Steve Jobs of Gap.” This is not the first time …