Off the Catwalk, The Battle for Hermes and Canadian Companies Sued for Alleged Fakes
Now that all the Fashion Weeks are over and the racists are safely locked away in racism rehab, the rest of the fashion industry can get back to doing what they do best – hostile takeovers. LVMH has been steadily chipping away at Hermes’ shares for quite some time, and Liz Alderman of the New York Times has an excellent overview of the whole messy situation.
Back in Canada, Louis Vuitton Inc. and Burberry Inc. have both filed suit against two Canadian companies – one in Vancouver, one in Toronto – who have allegedly been importing knock-offs of their merchandise. This seems like the appropriate time to re-read Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster by Dana Thomas, a book that champions Hermes as the last remaining luxury house and connects knock-off purses with some other surprising and extremely illegal activities. (Also you might as well re-read our review of Deluxe in Issue 9! Right here!)
The Beautiful Generation: Asian Americans and the Cultural Economy of Fashion
Racialicious reviews a new book by culture critic Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu about the history of Asian influences in fashion – particularly “American Vogue’s strategic establishment of ‘fashion designer as cultural anthropologist’ in the mid-‘90s” – and the contemporary rise of successful Asian American designers working today. The book sounds like a fascinating exploration of the recent past and most likely a strong indicator of where the future of fashion lies.
Step, Clap, Go!
Bad News from the Bronx is featured in a new promotional video by Opening Ceremony to celebrate Target re-issuing some of the most popular pieces from the Target Go Collective. Over on Threadbared’s Facebook page, they point out some of the conflicting factors that might stop us from celebrating this video – one, Target is still funding anti-gay organizations and politicians despite a boycott, and two, Proenza Schouler has a history of dabbling in so-called ‘cultural tourism.’ I’m torn, but I have to admit I’m leaning on the “This isn’t so great” side of things. What are your thoughts on the matter?
Dystopian Dollar Store Finds
A collection of truly terrifying dollar store merchandise photos. Ashley Olsen, what are you doing in there?!?! Why is your hair grey? So many questions.
- Haley Mlotek