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Fashion Icon Paco Rabanne Restyled Fashion for the 21 Century

Fashion Icon Paco Rabanne Restyled Fashion for the 21 Century

Fashion Icon Paco Rabanne Restyled Fashion for the 21 Century

The appointment of Manish Arora as creative director at Paco Rabanne has resulted in the delightful reinterpretation of the designer’s ubiquitous chain mail dresses. Digging through the archives, Arora translates Paco Rabane’s vision for the 21st century using innovative technologies.

Fashion Icon Paco Rabanne Restyled Fashion for the 21 Century

Fashion Icon Paco Rabanne Restyled Fashion for the 21 Century

Unlike Rabanne’s dresses from the 1960s that were boxy and geometric in nature, Arora’s gowns are crafted to “fit like a glove” using a digital body scan.

Fashion Icon Paco Rabanne Restyled Fashion for the 21 Century

Fashion Icon Paco Rabanne Restyled Fashion for the 21 Century

The plastic and metal palettes used in Rabane’s dresses were identical resulting in  a square silhouette. In contrast, no single square is the same shape as the next in Arora’s version thanks to modeling technologies.

Fashion Icon Paco Rabanne Restyled Fashion for the 21 Century

Fashion Icon Paco Rabanne Restyled Fashion for the 21 Century

The results are sensual garments that drape beautifully on the body, appearing more like a second skin rather than protective armor.

Arora’s creative use of technology coupled with his intense craftsmanship ( a few of the dresses took  25 people and 20 days to make) seems to be in spirit of Paco Rabanne’s forward-looking vision.

Fashion Icon Paco Rabanne Restyled Fashion for the 21 Century

Fashion Icon Paco Rabanne Restyled Fashion for the 21 Century

 I’m already looking forward to next season and wishing I could afford just one slinky dress!

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All About Fashion (Part 2) – Types of Fashion, Income in Fashion, Fashion Schools and more about Fashion

Types of fashion

The garments produced by clothing manufacturers fall into three main categories, although these may be split up into additional, more specific categories:

Vlada Roslyakova A model walks down the runway during the Christian Dior Haute Couture fashion show for A/W 2009/10 on July 6, 2009 in Paris, France.

Haute couture

Until the 1950s, fashion clothing was predominately designed and manufactured on a made-to-measure or haute couture basis (French for high-fashion), with each garment being created for a specific client. A couture garment is made to order for an individual customer, and is usually made from high-quality, expensive fabric, sewn with extreme attention to detail and finish, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques. Look and fit take priority over the cost of materials and the time it takes to make.

Ready-to-wear

Ready-to-wear clothes are a cross between haute couture and mass market. They are not made for individual customers, but great care is taken in the choice and cut of the fabric. Clothes are made in small quantities to guarantee exclusivity, so they are rather expensive. Ready-to-wear collections are usually presented by fashion houses each season during a period known as Fashion Week. This takes place on a city-wide basis and occurs twice a year.

Mass market

Currently the fashion industry relies more on mass market sales. The mass market caters for a wide range of customers, producing ready-to-wear clothes in large quantities and standard sizes. Inexpensive materials, creatively used, produce affordable fashion. Mass market designers generally adapt the trends set by the famous names in fashion. They often wait around a season to make sure a style is going to catch on before producing their own versions of the original look. In order to save money and time, they use cheaper fabrics and simpler production techniques which can easily be done by machine. The end product can therefore be sold much more cheaply.

There is a type of design called “kutch” design originated from the German word “kitschig” meaning “ugly” or “not aesthetically pleasing.” Kitsch can also refer to “wearing or displaying something that is therefore no longer in fashion.” Often, high-waisted trousers, associated with the 1980s, are considered a “kitsch” fashion statement.

Income

Median annual wages for salaried fashion designers were $61,160 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $42,150 and $87,120. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,150, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $124,780.. Median annual earnings were $52,860 (£28,340) in apparel, piece goods, and notions – the industry employing the largest numbers of fashion designers.

Fashion education

There are a number of well known art schools and design schools world wide that offer degrees in fashion design and fashion design technology. Some colleges also offer Masters of Fashion courses. Though it is not a requirement to have a Masters level, it is recommended by those already working in the industry to study at this level. The most notable of design schools in Europe include London College of FashionCentral Saint Martins College of Art and DesignUniversity of Westminster and Kingston University in LondonLimerick School of Art and Design and the National College of Art and Designin Ireland, Edinburgh College of Art in ScotlandIstituto MarangoniDomus AcademyPolitecnico of MilanNABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti MilanoIstituto Europeo di DesignUniversity Iuav of Venice in Italy, the Fashion Federation PARIS] European Fashion Accreditationwww.Fashion-Board.com, Antwerp Fashion Academy in Belgium. There is Parsons The New School for DesignCreative Business HouseFashion Institute of Technology and the Pratt Institute in New York City. Elsewhere in the United States there is the Savannah College of Art and DesignVirginia Commonwealth UniversityFashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los AngelesSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago in Chicago. The National Institute of Fashion Technology in India, Shih Chien University in Hong Kong, RMIT University in Melbourne, Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan and the Asian University chain, Raffles College of Design and Commerce, all have reputable fashion design courses.

The only Ivy League University having a Fashion Design undergraduate program is Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. The program is offered by the department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design]. Cornell University also offers the only Ph.D. program in apparel design in the United States. The program is intended to address the needs of academia, industry and research by considering apparel design as an applied science that embraces design, technology, physical sciences, the humanities and social sciences in order to meet the human needs for clothing. There are many universities that offer fashion design throughout the United States. The major incorporating fashion design may have alternative names like Apparel and Textiles or Apparel and Textile Design and may be housed in departments such as Art and Art History or Family and Consumer Studies.

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16 Key Luxury Fashion Brand Distributors

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A round up of sixteen of the most prominent luxury goods distributors, including Bosco di Ciliegi, Bluebell, Swiss Prestige and Chalhoub Group.

Despite their inherant focus on brand control, luxury manufacturers have commonly relied on local distributors to introduce products to new markets, acknowledging that whilst they might know what is best for their brand communications, design and development, they may not necessarily understand local cultures, retail climates and stores. Whilst houses retain control of distribution in home-markets of Europe and the US, markets such as the United Arab Emirates, Asia and Russia, are often leveraged through a network of premium distributors.

Luxury Society investigated the distribution market and presents a round up of the most influential groups around the world. For a complete listing of distribution groups, we invite you to explore the Luxury Society directory and discover further titles in your region.

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Valiram, Malaysia

The Valiram Group operates high fashion and luxury-goods boutiques in domestic and airport retail environments, housing both branded and multi-branded stores that feature some of the world’s finest luxury brands. Recently the group began fragrance distribution in Malaysia, for Cartier, Lalique and Asprey, with plans to grow the business to their other serviced regions, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.

Brands: Bally, Bvlgari, Cartier, Chanel, Chloé, Chopard, Coach, Dunhill, Fendi, Giuseppe Zanotti, Godiva, Hermès, Hugo Boss, Jimmy Choo, Montblanc, Omega, Rolex, Salvatore Ferragamo, TAG Heuer, Tod’s, Vertu, Versace

Stores: Eye Spy, Fashion Gallery, Flying Emporium, Luxury Fashion, Podium Motorsport, Swiss Watch Gallery, Vie Beauté, Wear + When

LS Company Profile: Valiram Group
Website: Valiram Group
Contact: Email

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Bluebell, Hong Kong

The Bluebell Group is an importer, agency and distributor of exclusive lifestyle products, managing a portfolio of fashion, accessories, perfumes and cosmetics, leather goods and homewares brands. They work closely with international brand owners to tailor distribution and marketing direction to match each brand’s strategy and have built a presence in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

Brands: Paul Smith, Céline, Givenchy, Fendi, Blumarine, Kenzo, Twenty8Twelve, Moschino, Anya Hindmarch, Barbara Bui, Trussardi, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Celine, Marc Jacobs, Loewe, Dior, Fendi, Davidoff

LS Company Profile: Bluebell Group
Website: Bluebell Group
Contact: Email

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Chalhoub Group, Dubai

The Chalhoub Group specialises in the retail and distribution of renowned brands within the sectors of Beauty, Fashion and Gifts. They represent a portfolio of over 280 luxury brands, manage over 350 retail outlets and have a presence in 14 countries, partnering with prestigious houses such as Baccarat, Christofle, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Nina Ricci.

Brands: Fendi, Swarovski, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Céline, Chanel, Prada, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Barbara Bui, Christian Louboutin, Dsquared, Kenzo, Lanvin, Paule Ka

Stores: Tangara, Faces, Scarpe, Tagz

LS Company Profile: Chalhoub Group
Website: Challhoub
Contact: Email

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FJ Benjamin, Singapore

FJ Benjamin developes retail and distribution networks for international luxury and lifestyle brands across Asia, as well as handling their promotion and brand building within the region. The public company, headquartered in Singapore, was listed on the Singapore Exchange in November 1996. It has offices in 8 cities, represents over 20 brands and operates over 170 retail stores/shop-in-shops, retailing and distributing luxury and lifestyle products and time pieces across Southeast Asia and Australia.

Brands: Céline, Rado, Givenchy, Goyard, DeWitt, Girard-Perregaux, Victorinox Swiss Army

LS Company Profile: FJ Benjamin
Website: FJ Benjamin
Contact: Email

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Genesis Colors, New Dehli

Originally spearheading the corporatisation of the Indian fashion industry, building buisnesses for premium designer labels such as Satya Paul, Deepika Gehani, Samsaara, Shobhaa De and Bwitch, Genesis Colors, forayed into the marketing and distribution of world-renowned luxury brands in India, through its new division, Genesis Luxury Fashion. The group services the Indian market through branded stores.

Brands: Burberry, Paul Smith, Canali, Kenzo, Just Cavalli, Bottega Veneta, Aigner, Jimmy Choo.

LS Company Profile: Genesis Colors
Website: Genesis Colors
Contact: Email

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Rivoli Group, Dubai

The Rivoli Group is a private company, with a diverse portfolio of international luxury brands and network of retail outlets within the United Arab Emirates and lower Gulf States. The group has become one of the largest importers and retailers of luxury brands in the Middle East and retails a wide range of product categories, including watches, writing instruments, menswear, accessories, gift items and eyewear.

Brands: Bang and Olufsen, Blancpain, Carl F. Bucherer, Girard-Perregaux, Glashutte, IWC, JM Weston, Longines, Montblanc, Omega, Rado, Rivoli Silks, Tissot, Vertu, Zenith Boutique

Stores: Rivoli, Rivoli Eyezone, Rivoli Arcade, Rivoli Gifts, Rivoli Prestige, Rivoli Textiles, Table Art, Tag Heuer, Younly

LS Company Profile: Rivoli Group
Website: Rivoli Group
Contact: Online Enquiry

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Al Tayer, Dubai

Al Tayer Group is a privately-held, diversified company with operations in 12 countries in the Middle East and beyond. Their operations incorporate automobile sales and service, luxury and lifestyle retail, perfumes and cosmetics distribution and engineering as well as interiors contracting. The Group operates over 180 stores across multiple markets in the Middle East, including Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Qatar. Their Insignia division retails 26 luxury fashion and accessories brands in 85 locations throughout the region.

Brands: Armani, Bvlgari, Bloomingdale’s, Banana Republic, Ford, Ferrari, Gucci, Gap, Harvey Nichols, Maserati, Bvlgari, Boucheron, Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Ligne Roset, Yves Saint Laurent

LS Company Profile: Al Tayer
Website: Al Tayer
Contact: Email

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Luxasia, Singapore

The Luxasia Group is a large scale distributor of fragrance and beauty brands in Asia. Established in 1986, the business employees over 1500 people and operates in ten countries, namely Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Phillipines, Thailand, VIetnam, India, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Brands: Aqua di Parma, Burberry, Bvlgari, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Chloé, Davidoff, Ermenegildo Zegna, Guerlain, Hermès, Issey Miyake, John Paul Gaultier, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs, Nina Ricci, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney, Vera Wang, YSL Beaute

Stores: Escentials

LS Company Profile: Luxasia
Website: Luxasia
Contact: Online Enquiry

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Onward Kashiyama, Tokyo

Onward Kashiyama is a Japanese clothing manufacturer, distributing clothing under its own line as well as producing licensed garments for big name designer brands. Under the licensing business, the group oversees more than 25 different clothing lines around the world as well as Onward branded pieces for sale in its own boutiques. There are more than three dozen stores currently in Japan owned by Onward Kashiyama and multiple more outside Japan in China, South Korea, France, Italy, and Britain.

Brands: Calvin Klein, Jean Paul Gaultier, Sonia Rykiel, Paul Smith

LS Company Profile: Onward Kashiyama
Website: Onward Kashiyama
Contact: Email

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BinHendi Enterprises, Dubai

BinHendi Enterprises operates twenty-nine fashion, jewellery, accessory and food retail outlets in the UAEand GCC, with plans to expand into metropolitan cities Mumbai and Delhi in India. Today the group has successfully introduced more than 75 world-renowned brands to the UAE in the fields of fashion, watches, jewellery, accessories, furniture and fine dining, quickly developing a diverse retail portfolio of the world’s most prestigious brands

Brands: Brioni, Hugo Boss, Paul & Shark, Artioli, Shanghai Tang

LS Company Profile: BinHendi Enterprises
Website: Binhendi Enterprises
Contact: Online Enquiry

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Bosco di Ciliegi, Moscow

Founded in 1991, Bosco di Ciliegi retail and distribute an impressive array of luxury brands throughout Russia, as well as operating multibrand stores Donna Bosco, Bosco Uomo, Bambino Bosco and Bosco Scarpa. The group focus primarily on fashion, accessories, jewellery and timepieces, as well as luxury fragrance and cosmetics. Their stores are located in historic shopping centers such as Petrovsky Passage, Moscow, as well as St. Petersburg, Samara, Yekaterinburg and Milan.

The company operates historical department store GUM on Red Square in Moscow, with a façade extending almost 250m along the eastern side of the square. Bosco di Ciliegi purchased the controlling share of the business in 2005 and currently manages almost 200 stores within the complex.

Brands: Alberta Ferretti, Armani Collezione, Barbara Bui, D&G, Ermenegildo Zegna, ETRO, Hugo Boss, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jil Sander, Kenzo, La Perla, Max Mara, Moschino, Paul Smith, SportMax, Alberto Guardiani, Casadei, Cesare Paciotti

LS Company Profile: Bosco di Ciliegi
Website: Bosco di Ciliegi
Website: GUM
Contact: Email

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Shreyans, Mumbai

Shreyans is a retailer and distributor of luxury mobility, fashion, lifestyle and jewellery brands in India, developed by a USC graduate Ashish Chordia. Chordia identified a tremendous opportunity for luxury brands in the Indian market whilst working for Deloitte in the US, he then began acquiring the rights to some of the world’s most luxurious brands, which he distributes and retails in India today.

Brands: Porsche, Ducatti, Netjets, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Etro, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, Van Cleef & Arpels

LS Company Profile: Shreyans
Website: Shreyans
Contact: Email

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Swiss Prestige, Hong Kong

Swiss Prestige represents Swiss watch manufacturers in Asia, specialising in the field of mechanical timepieces. Wth offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, and Taipei, Swiss Prestige also represents well-known Swiss watch brands in China, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand and Australia.

Brands: Corum, Eberhard & Co, Greubel Forsey, Hublot, Oris, Roland Iten

LS Company Profile: Swiss Prestige
Website: Swiss Prestige
Contact: Email

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Sparkle Roll Group, Hong Kong

Sparkle Roll Group is a distributor of top-tier luxury goods in the People’s Republic of China, distributing ultra-luxury automobiles, haute horlogeries, haute jewellery and renowned French wines.

Brands: Bentley, Lambourghini, Rolls Royce, Richard Mille, Parmigiani, DeWitt, Boucheron, Federico Buccellati

LS Company Profile: Sparkle Roll Group
Website: Sparkle Roll Group
Contact: Email

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DKSH Luxury & Lifestyle, Shanghai

DKSH provides market expansion, distribution and retailing services for high-end lifestyle watches, accessories, apparel and household luxury goods across Asia. Their Luxury & Lifestyle division has almost 9,000 retail points of sale, ten company boutiques, 152 shop-in-shops, and 453 brand corners with 323 specialists working in 11 countries. Core markets include China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea.

LS Company Profile: DKSH
Website: DKSH Luxury Lifestyle
Contact: Online Enquiry

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Mercury, Moscow

Mercury began as a jewellery shop in Moscow over 15 years ago and now generates more than 1 billion euros n annual sales. The group retails and distributes a wide selection of the world’s top luxury goods, including fashion and accessories, jewellery and luxury automobiles.

The group also operates luxury department store Tsum, located in a six-story historical building at Petrovka street. It carries more than 1000 brands of fashionable apparel, perfumery and jewelry, as well as “TSUM Globus Gourmet” gastronome, a fusion restaurant, a cigar room, a café and Champagne-bar by Veuve Clicquot.

Brands: Bentley, Maserati, Gucci, Prada, Chopard, Dolce & Gabbana and more

LS Company Profile: Mercury
Website: Mercury
Website: TSUM

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