What words do you think of when you say Topshop? Influencer. Affordable fast fashion. Cool. Unstoppable. Kate Moss. Well, maybe a few years ago those words would have fitted perfectly but its crown has slipped a little of late.
In the interests of full disclosure, I have to say that I love Coach. Have done for several years, ever since Stuart Vevers was parachuted in to turn what was a fairly staid ‘affordable luxury’ brand into one with real fizz.
LVMH’s fairly non-committal pronouncements on how Marc Jacobs is going aren’t exactly designed to engender confidence in the brand’s future. And that confidence has been severely dented in recent periods as rumours have swirled around the man who is undeniably on of NYFW’s biggest influencers, from Jacobs quitting, to the company being sold and the…
Raf Simons and Pieter Mulier were expected to shake up Calvin Klein and they certainly have, from the advertising to the stores (that’s an ongoing project) to the collections at all price levels. That was most visible Thursday evening as we got more new-style Klein, with a distinct break both from what came immediately before.
Red Valentino, just like many lower-priced brands, often suffers by comparison to its luxe big sister. Just look at what happens around catwalk time. The few paragraphs (at most) people dedicate to Red are nothing compared to the endless pontificating on the meaning of this colour or that embroidery from the mainline Valentino collection.