With European populations slowly but surely being vaccinated, designers on the Continent are suddenly expressing a new optimism. Few more so than Demna Gvasalia of Balenciaga in Balenciaga's winter 2021 pre-collection.
After spending 2020 “honing” and “reshaping” its business, leather producer and supplier Pittards has talked of "acquitting itself robustly” and has “entered 2021 stronger, with a more diverse and flexible business”.
Pureplay fashion giants have been big winners from the lifestyle changes forced on people during Covid. And it seems that they’ll continue to reap the benefits of the relationships built with shoppers as the UK reopens.
At the conference staged on Thursday by Business France, the NellyRodi agency mapped out the new global consumption patterns, identifying 10 trends that correspond to 10 winning internationalisation practices.
The headline news may have been about John Lewis's pre-tax loss of £517m in the year to January. But more newsworthy was that it said “we do not expect to reopen all our John Lewis shops at the end of lockdown”.
Retail giant Inditex hasn’t come out of the pandemic year unscathed. But the strength of its business model appears to have carried it through so far and its performance since its fiscal year ended has been encouraging
Hopes of a post-pandemic spending boom may be misplaced globally, a new report suggests. They EY Future Consumer Index found consumers are more worried than in late 2020 and will focus on affordability.
It’s hard to think of a designer more in synch with a great fashion house than Wes Gordon, the creative director of Carolina Herrera. We Zoomed Wes to discuss creating for an iconic house and designing in the pandemic.