Several years ago, Wall Street Journal fashion editor Teri Agins wrote a book called The End of Fashion. It detailed the way small fashion houses had become big corporations, and how other smaller brands were getting vacuumed into a system that stressed bottom lines above experimentation and creativity. Teri's prognosis was bleak: soon all clothes would look the same, and style would be dead. That hasn't quite happened - yet- but the WSJ's new chart, called Who Owns What, will certainly make you dizzy. Among the family ties: Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs have both worked for Louis Vuitton - that house owns Fendi, where Karl likes to explore his feather fetish. Stella McCartney is famously anti-fur, but she's owned by the Gucci group, which uses a lot of mink on its runways. Next time you're embarrassed about a pair of Nine West shoes, remember their company also owns Barneys. And Liz Claiborne owns both Juicy Couture and C&C California, which is funny, because we still can't tell the difference.
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Fur is Back in Fashion with a Vengeance: Will You Embrace It?
Supporters call it "natural" and "sustainable." Opposers say it's cruel and inhumane. But whichever side you fall on, there's no denying that fur had a major presence on the fall 2013 runways this past month, being hailed as one of the biggest trends for next season. We scoured through every single photo of every single collection that walked this season and found that a startling 70% of the designers who showed during fashion month used fur in at least one look. Does this mean society is ready to embrace fur? Or is the fashion industry just trying to force it on us. We investigate.
Grading the Spring 2011 Campaigns, Part 1
It's that time of year again when spring campaign images start popping up online and in magazines, making everyone feel a bit more miserable about the frigid and slushy weather outside. Some ads were successful at conveying the label's message, and others struggled to get a point across. Click though to see whose ads made the grade and whose fell short.
Ranking the Fall Ads, Part Two: From Balenciaga to Bulgari
The moment the Fall ads start flowing in is always an exciting one. Which brand will succeed and which will fail miserably in captivating consumers and creating that perfect fantastical image? We already showed you some of our early favorites, but in the past couple of weeks, tons of new images have hit the web. We rank the best of the rest in descending order. Click through to get a glimpse of what's in store for Fall.
Models Continue To Book Campaigns Over Celebrities
This morning, WWD published a story about models edging out celebrities in fall campaigns. The publication says that European houses have booked more