Have you read the shocking news on WWD and Bloomberg? Prada sales dropped as much as 21% in the first half of 2014! They lost about 30% of their value in the first half of this year! 40% of the brands revenue are directly made in Asia, 34% in Europe and 12% in the US. Speaking about Europe the major costumers are tourists visiting from Asia. As all export centered companies the strengthening of the Euro hurts the brand with dropping rates of visitors and reduced purchases. The European domestic interest declined too. But that affects other brands in very much the same way? This can’t be the only reason for this heavy decline! Does the market get too dense and does Prada fail to stand the competition from other forces in the business like Vuitton and Chanel?
Not really a sunday afternoon magazine to get inspired but a really interesting newspaper magazine hybrid to read! The Business of Fashion (BoF), which is something between a newspaper and a magazine, was the second purchase I spotted while queueing at the Colette cash desk. The Business of Fashion (BoF) special print issue and webpage deal with news from the fashion industry in a way that is a little similar to WWD. However, all articles on BoF seem to be completely free of charge and I somehow also feel that BoF is meant to give even a deeper insight into the company core structure than WWD!!! At whom is the journal targeted!
Honestly, while browsing cr fashion book issue 4 last week end the “Brides” story by Anthony Maule did not catch my eye. For me it was quiet clear the issue is about fairy tales and of course a ghost story has to be included, especially if the editor is Carine Roitfeld. And as the editorial read this one was inspired by Tim Burtons “Corpse Bride”. And to be further honest for me there is nothing fashionable about a woman sitting on a grave stone with bare breasts etc. so I really skipped this fast.
This week my sunday afternoon magazine – issue 4 of Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion book. Short explanation for all, who have not yet heart of that fabulous magazine: Carine Roitfeld was the former editor in chief of French Vogue and one of the major forces behind the so called “porno-chic”, which helped Tom Ford to popularize Gucci. In Jan 2011 she left French Vogue to launch her own publication. The first issue of CR Fashion book appeared for fall 2012 and was inspired by the birth of Carine Roitfeld’s granddaughter. The book appears biannually and is one of my favorite fashion magazines at the moment.
This Week my sunday afternoon magazine – 15th August 1967 issue of US VOGUE edited by Diana Vreeland with Mia Farrow shot by David Bailey on the cover. Its absolutely amazing to browse the journal as you notice on every single page how contemporary the styles seem. Below I am going to show you my favorite examples:
- The thigh high boots designed by David Evins shot by Irving Penn fuse a little buckled Mary Jane with a skin tight leggins style leather bootleg. Isn’t that reminiscent of Frida Giannini’s horse bite loafer cum knee high boot hybrid for fall 2014?
This Week my sunday afternoon magazine – April issue of German Vogue. Topic of the issue with Claudia Schiffer on the cover seems to be time.
Marie Antoinette ship headpiece (photo@http://outlandishobservations.blogspot.de), Bewei (photo@http://suns-beauty.de/content/bewei), Vogue April cover, Uniqlo collaboration (photo@http://www.taaora.fr), Prada SS1996 “ugly prints” (photo@
- Vogue April issue – back in time: “Glamour of Italian fashion” exhibition at Victoria & Albert museum illustrates the rise of Italy as a fashion nation from 1945 until today. Super interesting exhibition, read more on the homepage of the museum here. Plus back to the royal court of Versailles with a fantastic Couture shooting inspired by Marie Antoinette’s “stylist” Rose Bertin. Continue reading