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What if fashion reverted back to the simple but oh-so-fundamental activity of making dresses that make people empowered, liberated, magnified or just plain beautiful?  asks BoF contributor Angelo Flaccavento. It s a reactionary notion completely at odds with the streaming of fashion as entertainment and the need to feed social media. But #couture, in particular, already speaks volumes, at least in terms of silhouettes, textures and finishes. The clothes need to stand alone.

From Givenchy s  charming brand of strictness  to John Galliano examining  the highs and lows of our contemporary world  at Maison Margiela and Maria Grazia Chirui  thinking about the dress as habitat or architecture  at Dior, read Flaccavento s full review of #HauteCouture at businessoffashion.com [Link in bio]  : @sonnyimages   : Angelo Flaccavento
What if fashion reverted back to the simple but oh-so-fundamental activity of making dresses that make people empowered, liberated, magnified or just
Last night, #Fendi presented its latest #hautecouture collection at the Temple of Hadrian in Rome. What do you think of the full looks? #bofw
Last night, #Fendi presented its latest #hautecouture collection at the Temple of Hadrian in Rome. What do you think of the full looks? #bofw
Combining Western silhouettes and shapes with a Middle Eastern flair for ornamentation and embellishment, Elie Saab s romantic evening wear has earned him fans from all over the world, particularly with brides-to-be. Born and raised in Damour, a coastal suburb of #Beirut, Saab began teaching himself how to sew before the age of 10, dressing his sister in scraps of fabric from their mother s closet that he would put together. By 1982, at age 18, he had launched his own label in Beirut, after a brief stint at design school in #Paris. Despite the civil war that broke out in #Lebanon in 1975 that displaced many people, including Saab s own family, he insisted on opening his dressmaking studio in his native country.

The designer is also popular with royal families in the Middle East; Queen Rania of Jordan famously wore one of his gowns for her coronation ceremony in 1999. On the red carpet, Halle Berry put Saab on Hollywood s fashion map when she accepted her 2002 Academy Award in a sheer embroidered gown with a crimson taffeta skirt. He became the first non-Italian designer to be accepted into the Camera Nazionale della Moda, the country s governing body for Milan Fashion Week, where he debuted his ready-to-wear line. Shortly thereafter, in 2003, Saab was invited by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris to be a member and still remains one of the few officially ordained #hautecouture labels in the world. Saab s company is now based in Paris and he splits his time between Lebanon, France and Switzerland, with his wife Claudine. On his birthday, discover more about the designer at businessoffashion.com [Link in bio]
Combining Western silhouettes and shapes with a Middle Eastern flair for ornamentation and embellishment, Elie Saab s romantic evening wear has earned
A growing number of designers are turning #deadstock, vintage and other found fabrics into big business. Thrifty fashion-school students are discovering their ability to scour flea markets and warehouses for discarded textiles can be scaled into global brands. They're increasingly joined by some of the fashion industry's biggest players, including luxury brands riding the nostalgia trend and mass retailers looking to burnish their #sustainability credentials with "upcycled" materials. However, BoF reader @dreamalittlegreenwithme questions the long-term value in deadstock materials with the rise of technology. Do you agree? 
 
We love hearing your opinion and will monitor reader comments for publication across our social media channels, website and email. Use the comment function on our website (at the end of each article) or add the hashtag #BoFMySay on social media to submit your opinion, thoughts and feedback on any article. [Link in bio]
A growing number of designers are turning #deadstock, vintage and other found fabrics into big business. Thrifty fashion-school students are discoveri
Pierpaolo Piccioli nurses a fantasy of a world where people live unbound by borders, free to express themselves,  says BoF s Tim Blanks, in his review of Valentino s #HauteCouture show. One of Piccioli s  inspirations for this Utopia is Irving Penn s  Worlds in a Small Room,  the photographer s 1974 celebration of cultural diversity.  It s not about a geographical situation but about humans. And haute couture is a lot about the human too,  the designer reflected before his show on Wednesday.

Piccioli s imagined Utopia may be untrammelled idealism, but his insistence on diversity and inclusivity has brought couture down to earth at the same time as he has sent it soaring to heaven. There was a strong sense of that fantasy/reality spectrum in his new collection: capes of imaginary landscapes gorgeously collaged from velvet, taffeta and lamé shared the runway with the relative restraint of a pink cashmere coat over citron wool pants. Lauren Hutton, icon of 1970s Americana, modelled a parka and a simple shift tied at the waist. Adut Akech, the Sudanese-born model who is the new face of Valentino, closed the show swathed in a massive nimbus of purple organza. Radically different worlds, but united by Piccioli. His notes referred to  the opulence of diversity.  His show brought that idea to extraordinarily vivid life. Read the full review at businessoffashion.com [Link in bio]  : @indigital.tv #Valentino
Pierpaolo Piccioli nurses a fantasy of a world where people live unbound by borders, free to express themselves, says BoF s Tim Blanks, in his revie
Back in March, designer Caroline Hu won the inaugural #BoFChinaPrize, in partnership with @yu_holdings. Today, it was her moment to shine again as she showcased her collection to international buyers, press and other members of the fashion industry during an intimate presentation at Paris #HauteCouture Week.

Having also been shortlisted for this year s LVMH Prize, it is no surprise that insiders were already tuned into Hu s tableau of modern femininity. Slivers of pink and green along the neckline of a pastel yellow ensemble recall Monet s Water Lilies, while tufts of tulle cascade alongside painstakingly smocked strokes of lace and silk, forming a vibrant textural  camouflage.  Navel-baring, deconstructed silhouettes made the pieces more covetable, less Versailles excess. Her complex signature is the product of hundreds of hours (Hu s more colourful creations can take a week to execute when she s working alone) of solitary work and an instinctual eye.

Learn more about the young designer, her aesthetic and how she plans to grow her emotionally charged couture label into a resilient business. [Link in bio]
Back in March, designer Caroline Hu won the inaugural #BoFChinaPrize, in partnership with @yu_holdings. Today, it was her moment to shine again as she
Step inside today s intimate presentation in honour of #BoFChinaPrize winner Caroline Hu, supported by official mentor @otb. International buyers, press and other members of the fashion industry gathered at the Ritz Hotel during Paris #HauteCouture Week to admire her stunning designs and learn more about her business and aspirations.  : @gettyimages
Step inside today s intimate presentation in honour of #BoFChinaPrize winner Caroline Hu, supported by official mentor @otb. International buyers, pre
Streetstyle shots or impromptu runway show?! As we are preparing for an intimate presentation to celebrate #BoFChinaPrize winner Caroline Hu during #HauteCouture week in Paris today, our models took to the streets of the French capital as they made their way to the venue. For a peek behind the scenes, go to our Instagram Stories and stay tuned for more.
Streetstyle shots or impromptu runway show?! As we are preparing for an intimate presentation to celebrate #BoFChinaPrize winner Caroline Hu during #H
Advice to struggling media companies: write about sneakers. #Hypebeast, the unflappable online destination for sneaker enthusiasts who hold Off-White and Supreme in equally high regard, has seen revenue and profits soar in recent years as it has transformed from a blog that exemplified the rise of #streetwear into a global destination for news and shopping. The publisher is riding high on a wave of mainstream interest in limited-edition #sneakers, graphic T-shirts and hoodies and the culture of hip hop and skateboarding. Readers   including a growing number in China   are flocking to the site, many to shop from Hypebeast s online store.

Hypebeast is booming at a time when print media is continuing to struggle, and even other online media startups like Buzzfeed and Vice are reporting steep losses and laying off staff. The Hong Kong publisher s model   combining advertising, branded content and commerce   is seen by many rivals as a potential way forward, including rival streetwear player Highsnobiety, which launched its e-commerce business with an exclusive offering of Prada s Linea Rossa line in May. GQ, the men s magazine with the highest circulation in the US, rebranded earlier this year under new editor-in-chief Will Welch in part to cater to the younger streetwear aficionado, too. But Hypebeast s 9.9 million monthly visitors outstrips both publishers, according to data from SimilarWeb. Swipe to discover five key takeaways from Hypebeast and read the full story at businessoffashion.com [Link in bio]
Advice to struggling media companies: write about sneakers. #Hypebeast, the unflappable online destination for sneaker enthusiasts who hold Off-White
What do you think of the latest collection by Clare Waight Keller? Stay tuned for the full collection and review at businessoffashion.com #pfw #hautecouture #pariscouture
What do you think of the latest collection by Clare Waight Keller? Stay tuned for the full collection and review at businessoffashion.com #pfw #hautec
After failing to capitalise on the #sneaker boom, Tod s is aiming to reverse falling sales and re-energise its brand. In April, the shoemaker announced it had linked up with Alber Elbaz to participate in the Tod s Factory initiative, an ongoing series of designer collaborations that have essentially replaced the brand s seasonal fashion collections in the mould of fellow Italian brand Moncler s Instagram-friendly  Genius  strategy and Calvin Klein s forthcoming InCKubator project.

Elbaz s new  Happy Moments  collection, which is a range of bright driving shoes and ballet flats with rubberised soles and techy uppers made of fabrics including neoprene, will launch in stores later this month.  It was about changing the sole of Tod s without changing the soul,  says Elbaz, noting that while he worked with a sneaker-like bottom, the uppers are jazzy versions of the kinds of shoes for which the label is known. The idea, as Elbaz implied, is not only to create buzz, but to also move product. Like Moncler s Genius project, Tod s Factory is designed to keep pace with a fast-moving fashion market that is hungry for newness, driven by a rising generation of consumers who expect a steady stream of product released at the speed of #Instagram.

Along with the Factory project   which has required a reconfiguration of the production schedule but no major infrastructural changes   the company is now taking a more editorial approach to storytelling and marketing. But is this all a little too late? [Link in bio]
After failing to capitalise on the #sneaker boom, Tod s is aiming to reverse falling sales and re-energise its brand. In April, the shoemaker announce
How do you find a #mentor in the fashion industry? Grant Lacy was still in college when he became a business consultant for Eckhaus Latta. He had started as an intern at the buzzy bi-coastal label the summer before, and made such an impression that co-founder Zoe Latta hired him to help out part-time. And thanks in part to Latta, Lacy runs his own retail startup today   a wholesale management software called Inline Digital. It was Latta, he said, who encouraged and advised him to start his own company right out of school.  She said,  If you don t jump in now, you re going to get too comfortable,   Lacy told BoF. He counts Latta as not only his mentor but also one of his first clients.

Having a mentor to navigate the industry can be crucial for those just starting out. Today s #fashion aspirants must carve out their role to create a lasting #career trajectory, even as traditional companies give way to digital newcomers. The stakes are even higher for women and minorities, who still lack representation in management positions. That s why it s more important than ever to find guidance and forge relationships with experienced veterans. Swipe to discover top tips and read the full story on finding mentorship in this largely disconnected industry. [Link in bio]  : @shutterstock
How do you find a #mentor in the fashion industry? Grant Lacy was still in college when he became a business consultant for Eckhaus Latta. He had star

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